Buttonwillow Raceway, just off California's scenic Interstate 5, has a couple of slight rises at approximately top-of-third-gear distance down a couple of its straights. Cresting them, the old 996 goes a little light in the clip-ons, yawn...and over the same little humps the 998 lifts its front wheel a couple feet in the air and carries it until you roll off the throttle a little-down Simba! It feels like more than an 11 horsepower difference, really, because the new bike spins up much faster than the old 996. Primary and final-drive gearing between the 996 and 998 are the same, but the top four gear pairs in the 998 are shorter and closer together and make it easy and profitable to exploit that newfound top-end rush. Grabbing a quick peek at the speedometer at the end of Buttonwillow's longest straight saw 120 mph on the old 996-on the 998, just over 200 mph. Huh? Oi, these were European-spec bikes.