So back in 2018 I finally collected my new 991.2 Turbo. It was probably the greatest experience of my life. The unveiling, to the handing over of the keys. It was an incredible experience considering this was my first brand new car. So here's how it went.
Collection from the OPC in Jeddah
I was given a brief tour of the car and unfortunately the handbook was in Arabic (I live and work in Saudi Arabia), but I forgave that small detail and moved on. So I quickly jumped in the car and drove away. It was absolutely mesmerising and terrififying in equal measure. The boost from the new turbos for the 991.2 was insant and brutal. Compared to my 997 Carrera 4S this was like stepping into the Millenium Falcon! I was completely smitten. But there was one slight problem. My 997 sounded amazing. Everytime I turned the key and started it, it would blow my mind and give the biggest smile imagineable. Obviously a big part of the enjoyment of driving a 911 comes from the sound. Nothing sounds quite like a flat-six. In the turbo something was lacking. It bothered me. So much that I got in touch with Alex at Sharkwerks in California for some advice (Alex and his team were unbelievably helpful by the way). I was seeing someone in the US, so I promptly had one ordered there and took it back to Saudi. I also ordered some black chrome exhaust tips and black rear badges just to finish off the rear. I was quoted 6 hours by Sharkwerks for removal and refit, but with my engineering background I reckoned I could beat that. So me and a friend set to it!
Bumper and wing removal were a pain in the ass.
The first hard part was removing the wing, and the little plastic wing strut covers were a real pain in the ass. Needless to say, removing plastic parts on a £150k car is nerve wrecking to say the least. But we persevered. Removing the lights and rear bumper was pretty easy. Then onto the head shield which wasn't a massive drama either. Then came the exhaust removal. Well, this is where things got tricky. Obviously not having a plethora of tools was always going to be an issue, and the issue came in the form of disconnecting the catalytic converter to slide out the old exhaust. Eventually with some brute force and ignorance, we cracked it (god knows what the torque loading was, but heat never helps). Off it came, and the new exhaust went on in a very short period of time. Hurrah! Everything went back on without much of a hitch (apart from putting the whole bumper on wrong and having to take the lot off and start again, but hey, nobody is perfect). 3 hours and it was all wrapped up.
The sound of the Sharkwerks X-pipe just completes the car, and now everyday when I start it up it feels alive. It's a shame that it never came like that in the first place, but seeing as i'm keeping the car for the forseeable future, it really doesn't matter.