If you're anything like me, one of the many things that attracted you to your Porsche was that distinctive exhaust note. The defining burble and pop as the engine engages for the first time. The low raspy rumble of the flat six at idle and the sweet scream of an approaching red line. While the voices have changed over the model years, the melody remains the same. Now Porsche wants to put your expertise, and your ears, to the test.
The Porsche 911 Evolution Competition pits man against machine in a game of match the engine to the exhaust. Here's how it works. Broken into five categories you must listen to a recorded engine note and match it to one of three possibilities per category. Sound easy? Guess again. Here's a break down of the competitions within each category:
- Carrera: 997 vs. 996 vs. 964
- Classic: RS 2.7 vs. RS 3.0 vs. RS 3.8
- Race Derived: 997 GT3 RS vs 997 GT3 vs 993 RS
- Turbo: 930 3.0 vs. 997 vs. 993 3.6
- Motorsport: 935 "baby" vs 911 GT1 vs 936
The best part? Correct answers will be entered into a contest to win an Evolution 911 driving experience at Silverstone in the UK.
Give it a shot and see how you do. I'm not spoiling anything by telling you it's incredibly difficult. My only nag, Porsche won't tell you if you're right or wrong. I guess they don't want us to spoil it for future entrants. Hopefully, when the contest is over, they'll let us know the correct answers.