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Dear fellow Planet-9 members, Ken kindly asked me if I would like to create a diary for my GT4 to share my ownership experience. I am most thankful for his request and look forward contributing to the forum with text, photo and video related to my GT4. I intend to cover the order decision and experience, the delivery, various reviews, track days, trips and much more. Hence I will stop updating in my GT4 order thread and continue the story here. But first, we have to rewind a few decades…

My passion for Porsches started in 1980 when I was 7 years old. Early one summer morning I walked out on the street outside our house in a small suburb in southern Sweden. It was a beautiful morning with a light breeze blowing from the sea and a clear blue sky (the ones that only exist in your childhood memories). The sun was already warming the asphalt under my barefoot feet. As I came out on the street I looked across at our neighbours house and stopped in awe… In front of their house someone had parked a dark blue metallic 911 with black Fuchs wheels and foreign license plates. It was love at first sight! Wow!

Years later I learned that the car belonged to an Austrian man who was a former colleague from my neighbour, who had studied medicine in Innsbruck. The passion for Porsches stayed with me all these years and at some point I found myself living in Switzerland and owning a 911 myself…

Next up will be the GT4 order decision and process. Until then, a few photos from the Grindelwald region in Switzerland:

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Grindelwald

A few more photos to share from Grindelwald. A truly beautiful scenery, a road with long sweeping turns and a mountainside reflecting the sport exhaust sound. Perfect ground to enjoy the GT4! :)

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Persy, I'm so glad to see you start your own GT4 diary here.

Not only I'll enjoy reading all about it or seeing pictures of your Snowwhite but I get to see more of heavenly Switzerland... I'm subscribed and looking forward for the next episode.

Thank you
 
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Picture *7232 is a stunner (first shot in post 3). I don't exaggerate when I say my first thought was Ansel Adams.

If you're up there again, can you reduce the foreground and thereby increase the mountaintops visible? :thanks:
That would be poster worthy, like a 2m x 2m hanging behind my desk.
 
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Picture *7232 is a stunner (first shot in post 3). I don't exaggerate when I say my first thought was Ansel Adams.

If you're up there again, can you reduce the foreground and thereby increase the mountaintops visible? :thanks:
That would be poster worthy, like a 2m x 2m hanging behind my desk.
Thank you! That is exaggerating :) One could not get a better compliment! :thanks:

Sure, next time I can take one from behind the fence with a wider lens which should grab the entire mountain ridge. The sunlight was a bit too strong to get all the details from the white/reflecting areas. The grey coloured part between the mountains is actually solid snow and ice from the Grindelwald glacier, but it did not come out well on the photos due to the light and clouds behind. An early morning or late evening shot when the light is softer should do the trick.
 

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Beautiful pictures! Did Porsche add the side decals or did you? Very unique on a 981, pretty cool too.
Thank you! Porsche put the decals on. They are similar to the ones which came standard on the Cayman R.
 
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Congrats and beautiful pics--best I've seen so far. I appreciate the side profile pic of the rear as it allows appreciation of the rear diffusers. If you don't mind I'm sure we would all appreciate more pics of the car and it's details. I was interested in the tail lights. Congrats and enjoy!


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Thank you! That is exaggerating :) One could not get a better compliment! :thanks:

Sure, next time I can take one from behind the fence with a wider lens which should grab the entire mountain ridge. The sunlight was a bit too strong to get all the details from the white/reflecting areas. The grey coloured part between the mountains is actually solid snow and ice from the Grindelwald glacier, but it did not come out well on the photos due to the light and clouds behind. An early morning or late evening shot when the light is softer should do the trick.
Thanks! I can't wait to see it.
And from my perspective, the Ansel Adams link was very well deserved.
I bet others see Adams and I hope you do too. :cheers:
 
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Order Decision

I got my first Porsche, a 997 Carrera S, in 2005. A lovely car, with manual gearbox and the rare -20mm fixed sport suspension with mechanical LSD. I did however want a cabriolet too so shortly thereafter I picked up a 987 Boxster S to compliment the 911. With the Boxster I started to participate in various track days and events. During it’s lifetime the Boxster went through several changes and upgrades, such as H&R cup suspension and anti-roll bars, single-mass flywheel, lightweight OZ Racing wheels, Recaro bucket seats, etc. It handled extremely well with all these upgrades and I did always wonder why Porsche never had offered a more track oriented Boxster, or Cayman, for that matter. After having done more than 100’000 km in Boxster and been all over Europe on tracks I decide to sell it. I started to look for a nice Boxster Spyder as replacement, but never found one (they are very rare here in Switzerland).

Photos of the Boxster:

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The 997 was replaced by a few other 911 models until the current 991 Carrera 4S with PDK and -20mm Sport-PASM. An extremely capable car which does comfortable long trips and fast laps on a track equally well. In my humble opinion, the ultimate everyday sports car. The few times I changed the 911 I did always look at the GT3 as a replacement, but since I use the 911 all year round, including for skiing trips in the winter, the everyday usability of the Carrera kept winning. The desire for a GT-car was however growing bigger and bigger…

Photos of the Carrera 4S:

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Last year, 2014, I started scanning the market for a 996, or early 997, GT3 for track use and occasional weekend fun, to compliment the 991. About the same time the rumours in media and spy pictures of a motorsport developed Cayman started to float around. I followed these rumours with great excitement and quickly realised that I could satisfy my desire for a GT-car and fill the empty gap from my long gone mid-engined 987 Boxster with such a Cayman.

When Porsche did the official press release and the specification was finally out I was blown away. Just the car I wanted! I immediately contacted my dealer and managed to secure a car with build slot in April, part of the very first batch of cars. The dotted line was signed on February 6th, 2015.

I kept the options to a minimum and in addition to the Swiss Package (which was “free” and included all the necessary options) I only ticked the box for the full bucket seats:
0Q White
28 Black (stitching in Platinum Grey) Leatherette with alcantara
620 Bi-Xenon-Headlights incl. Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) in black
802 Wings in Black
P13 Automatically dimming mirrors with integrated rain sensor
480 6-speed manual gearbox
643 Sport Chrono Package incl. Porsche Track Precision App and preparation for laptrigger
473 20-inch GT4 wheels
454 Cruise control
630 Light design package
P11 Full bucket seats
490 Sound Package Plus
666 Telephone module
691 Digital radio
P23 Porsche Communication Management (PCM) including navigation module with universal audio interface
UN1 Online Services
085 64l Tank

Then the wait started…

A few weeks after the order placement Porsche sent a little gift to easy the wait:

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Even the cat was excited :)
 

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I'm happy to learn you're one of the few here who admire both platforms; 987/981 and 911. But I'm jealous you got a gift from Porsche while I didn't :(

Can I have the cat? I love pets :)

Thank you again for taking us on a drive back to how your journey started. Pictures of the furry cat together with the beast please.
 
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Great read Persy

Thanks for taking the time to share your experience.

I'm now subscribed up, looking forward to hear your story unfold.

This will easy my wait for my new Spyder (due mid Oct) :)
 

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First Encounter at Geneva Auto Salon

On March 5, 2015, we visited the Geneva Auto Salon. This was the first day the salon was open to the public and it has become a tradition for a few of us petrol heads to visit on this very day. This year my dad had flown down from Sweden too, to join us at the salon. The highlights were obviously the GT4 and the GT3 RS which both had premiered at the salon a few days earlier. Equipped with Porsche VIP passes the excitement and expectations were high when we entered the massive exhibition halls a stone throw from Geneva airport.

Both cars were stunning in the metal! We had access to the closed off area and could admire both cars up close and from the inside. They both looked amazing, but the GT4 even more so than the GT3 RS in my humble, but possibly biased, opinion. In any case, more people seemed to crowd around the GT4 and it got more attention. I had not expected this.

With the VIP passes we also had access to the Porsche lounge and had the pleasure to enjoy very tasty and delicious food. Tip: if you plan to visit the salon then ask your dealer for VIP access, it adds a nice touch to the visit!

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