Reach over with your left hand and turn the key. The engine cranks slowly, almost as if the starter isn't strong enough or the battery is half dead. When the engine fires, you release the key and there's a clattering sound as the starter winds down. The engine, however, explodes to life with a big "rawwwwr" of noise-clattery noise, mind you, with lifters ticking and pistons slapping. And all of the noise is behind you, as if someone just turned on a car behind you. You can feel the engine misfiring a little when it's cold. You watch the tach needle move around a little. A Honda this is not. There's only a little bit of vibration and it's somehow slower than it should be, but you still feel every firing of the engine. Blip the throttle just a bit and the tach needle swings faster than you expect . . . and then drops down immediately to idle. There's no hanging onto revs. It just dives back down. The entire car twists when you blip the throttle, too. Press in the clutch. It feels heavy, really heavy, but mostly because of the seat, which causes you to wrench your back a little. You're sitting too close to the wheel, with your knees almost touching the bottom of it. The cabin is big, but the seat, the steering wheel, the gauges, and the shifter feel a little claustrophobic. You're worried that if you stall it, you're going to forget to go for the key on the left. But you're in a 911, so who cares ?