Some enthusiasts regard the last iteration of the original air-cooled 1995-’98 Porsche 911, code-named “993,” as the best version of that car. Now the wrenches at Gunther Werks have set out to build the best version of the 993, with their 400-horsepower 400R.
When a Porsche 911 Turbo S is just too commonplace for you, it probably also isn’t fast enough for you either, so Porsche has come up with a solution in the Golden Yellow Metallic 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series.
The true genius of Porsche’s new GT3, the second coming of the model on the 991 platform, is that even a master will never fully exploit it. That’s the trait that defines the GT3, not just among Porsches but among the world’s best drivers’ cars. As a result, it engenders fascination like almost nothing else. No matter how hard it’s pushed, there’s still magic to be discovered in its responses, beauty in its feedback, joy in its abilities. This is a machine whetted on the mill of necessity and unencumbered by frippery. It is noise and feel and heat and speed wrapped into a physically absurd package then distilled beyond what its design merits.
Spanish designer Miguel Angel Bahri got to thinking about how BMW has two-wheeled models that let customers buy into the brand with a different kind of machine at a different price, and he decided that Porsche needs to get in on the motorcycle action. So while this concept design isn’t actually from Porsche, it is Bahri’s notion of how the brand could diversify into two wheels.
Porsche has perfected the art of scheduling the launch of new variants of its 911 range to keep something fresh and new in the lineup throughout a model generation. Case in point: This 2017 911 GTS model of the platform launched in its initial 991 form at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show and then updated to 991.2 specs in 2015. One and a half years later, the newest GTS appears—eagerly awaited because it has been one of our favorite models in its previous iterations. It marks the most powerful 911 outside of the monstrously powerful Turbo models and the thinly disguised racer that is the GT3.
Porsche first unveiled its electric car, the Mission E, last December as a luxury model fit to compete with Tesla’s Model S. 1,000 new jobs would becreated to bring the concept vehicle to life, but today they increased the total to more than 1,400, likely to channel good press and move beyond its parent company Volkswagen’s emissions scandal.