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Car Tales: Designed In California, Porsche 2008 Carrera S Coupe 6-Speed

With a top speed of 187 mph and 0-60 mph in a phenomenal 4.2 seconds (and – dig this! – 0-140 mph in 20.1 seconds) this 2008 Porsche Carrera S Coupe 6-Speed is a virtual supercar. 
It does not seem to be a vehicle for Sunday drivers. But just looking at those figures you want it now!
2008 Porsche Carrera S Coupe for sale
Oh, and what a profile, what a gorgeous symbol.

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We have one right now at Beverly Hills Car Club, a 2008 Porsche Carrera S Coupe 6-Speed featured with merely 15,046 miles on the odometer and finished in its factory Black over Black color scheme. Equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, electric sliding sunroof, four ventilated disc brakes, ‘Carrera S’ lettering in the door sill plate, 3-spoke steering wheel, four black-painted brake calipers with Porsche script, Michelin tires, and alloy wheels. Additional convenience features include air conditioning, power-adjustable exterior mirrors, illuminated dual vanity mirrors, power windows, cruise control, cup holders, door pockets, AM/FM radio, and courtesy/map lights.
This well-equipped German motorcar comes with manufacturer’s literature and a clean CARFAX report. The paint meter readings are included in the photo gallery for this example. This is an extremely attractive Porsche Carrera that is offered with ultra-low mileage and is mechanically sound.
2008 Porsche Carrera S Coupe side view
Porsche’s internal designation for this 911 car, that was put into production from 2004 to 2013, was the 997. By February 1999, just a few months into the 997 development programme that began in the fourth quarter of 1998, designers were already at work on the body design.
After numerous reviews during the rest of 1999 and full size clay models built from 2000 into 2001, a final 997 design by designer Grant Larson was approved. Early prototypes were built in late 2001 for testing, based on the newly set parameters. While the exterior styling was revised, it was again more evolution rather than revolution; typical of Porsche.
But who is Grant Larson? Since 1989, Grant Larson has been designing cars for Porsche, one of the world’s most iconic brands – he had joined from Audi. As an Exterior Designer, he has been responsible for such bold and breakthrough designs as the original Boxster and Panamera, whose production stunned the automotive world and had taken Porsche to an entirely new level.
Grant also led designs for the Carrera GT (show car), the 911 (type 997) Carrera and Turbo, and enthusiast cars such as the more recent 911 Speedster, Boxster Spyder, and 911 Sport Classic. He personifies the combination of ‘tradition and innovation’ that perpetually overhangs the central Porsche philosophy.
2008 Porsche Carrera S Coupe rear view
And Grant Larson would employ the fantastic history of the 911 to its maximum advantage; at the back of his mind he was always aware that that was what potential Porsche purchasers would subconsciously expect – he realized that they felt a deep sense of ownership over the archetypal design.
2008 Porsche Carrera S Coupe interior
So the 997 is a return to the Porsche traditional aesthetic, very much a personal dream of Larson. He loved tinkering with the possibilities: ‘Both the Boxster and 996 had oval headlamps. if you have been doing round headlamps since 1948 it was time to find something new. So they developed a lamp that was all combined in one unit, for the Boxster.’
He designed the 997 Sport Classic: ‘Give that to Grant: he likes Porsche history.’ The 997 Sport Classic was a Special Edition car, limited to a production run of 250.
For the 997 he had more time and development money. ‘So it was time to refine everything and make everything precise.’ Precision and clarity were what he desired, at the same time as making it ‘a little more Porsche-like.’ Like the way they tightened up the concept of the tail-lights. ‘Don’t do the obvious. Look left and right: try something new.’
A stroke of inspiration so obvious it could have been staring you in the face – was to start the 997 out of a studio in California. ‘That was a large share of our market. So it was decided to work on the car from there.’ A studio that had been set up by Samsung, who at the time had been considering a switch to car production, was available.
2008 Porsche Carrera S Coupe engine
And it was taken over by the division know as Porsche Engineering, who would contract to all manner of clients, even boat design and production.
‘We did full-size models, from sketch to see-through models in six months, brought them back to Germany: “See what we can do in California in a short amount of time.” We confirmed the fact that maybe a California studio could do us good.’
The proof, as they say, is in the eating. What Grant Larson and his team came up with is this fabulous very low-mileage 2008 Porsche Carrera S Coupe 6-Speed that we have here at Beverly Hills Car Club.
Designed and created in California. And now on sale to you in California.
-Alex Manos, Owner
Porsche Carrera S buyer Alex Manos

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