FC na VS. 944 Turbo: Driver Comparo
I had the chance to take a couple hours and drive a Porsche 944 Turbo today, and I would like to share my experience with everyone, and also compare it to my experience driving my FC. I know that an N/A RX7 is not quite comparable to a Turbo 944, but! I still have a comparison to make.
I forget what year the Porsche is, but it's a turbo 944 5-speed, and that's what's important, right?
So here we go.
Porsche 944 Turbo
The first thing you will notice as you approach the 944 is that the 944 and the FC share a basic shape, and the lines down the side are shared, along with the hatch shape. As soon as you open the door and slide into the deep leather bucket, that's the first thing you notice, the depth of the bucket, and the supple feeling of the leather. The steering wheel is a MOMO, and is also leather wrapped. So luxurious is this Porsche, with power windows, power sunroof, and leather all over the place. Also, you will notice that the handbrake is on the left, nearly beneath the seat. Anyway, on to driving the car. Once you fire it up, you can feel how stiff the clutch is, along with the brakes. Straight line acceleration is absolutely insane. Bottom end isn't anything to shout about, but once the turbo spools (2.0 BAR, at least that's what the boost guage says), you are practically pulled, kicking and screaming, into the backs of the seats. But once you try to turn, the steering feels gooey and unsure, even though the rubber is giant at all four corners. I really couldn't get over how poorly the Porsche seemed to handle. The brakes are amazing, though. Overall I have only one way to describe the Porsche: Bad as hell.
Mazda RX-7 N/A
When I first drove this car, I was in love. The car accelerates smooth, sounds good, and doesn't jerk around. The brakes are sufficient, the transmission is smooth (once you get good bushings!), and the clutch is nice. The car handles amazingly, surpassed only by cars designed to handle well. I have not, however, driven a turbo 7, so I can't exactly compare the two properly. The seats are flat in comparison to the deep Porsche buckets, the wheel is dull in comparison to the soft yet grippy MOMO, but I do love the RX shifter (OEM) much more than the Porsche shifter (OEM.. leather). Overall: RX-7 is a great daily, but with proper mods could be a beautiful weekend/sunny day car. One phrase for the RX: Perfectly balanced.
You can choose whatever you want between the two, but as a daily driver I still prefer my RX7 over the 944. However, for some good old high speed, high powered fun, the 944 is the way to go.
In closing, I have this to say.
I have fallen in love, and her name is BOOST .