Oh how we all enjoy an impressively good road trip. Just think about it; I’d wager that for most reading this fine magazine, there’s not too much in life that can usurp the idea of slinging some essential luggage into the front of your Porsche 911 and taking on a drive to unfamiliar territory, hitting up some of the most delectable roads on Earth in the process. It is what Butzi’s seminal sports car was built for, after all.
Your editorial team is no different, of course, and you’ll commonly find our excursions through the continent documented in detail among these very pages. A Total 911 road trip usually sees us head east, too, this being the direction you’ll find most of Europe from the magazine’s humble UK offices. However, for our latest venture I’m breaking with tradition and heading to the second most westerly territory in Europe: the Republic of Ireland.
Ireland’s blend of coastal and mountain roads is among the best on the continent to drive, offering plenty of technically challenging routes set among stunning natural topography. Better still, the roads on the Emerald Isle are quiet compared to the oft-driven mountain passes on Europe’s mainland.
Previously in Total 911 we’ve championed the merits of the Wild Atlantic Way, an extraordinary trail of some 1,600 miles that closely follows the jagged extremities of Ireland’s remarkable west coast. This time though, my automotive playground is the Wicklow Mountains, an expansive national park of some 20,483 hectares situated just south-west of the capital, Dublin. The roads are great, the accompanying views beautiful, and there’s plenty of history to unearth from the area, too. Already, this is sounding like the perfect road trip.
My steer for the jaunt across the Irish Sea is a 991.2 Turbo S Cabriolet. In striking Miami blue, my mission is to find out if this all-singing, all-dancing 911 has any real substance to its drive, or if it really is the mobile poseur’s paradise it looks like from the outside. The roads I’m headed for will help settle that dispute in no time.
To read more about the Porsche 991 Turbo S Cabriolet’s road trip around Ireland, pick up Total 911 issue 145 in store today. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery, or download it straight to your digital device now.
It goes without saying we’re huge fans of a GT3 of any generation here at Total 911 magazine, right from the early Mezger-engined 996 right up to the current DFI-engined, rear steering (and PDK-only) 991. There’s much choice on the market at present too, though it is this exotic example currently for sale at Paul Stephens that has caught our eye for this week’s sales spotlight.
Aside from being a low-mileage example with just 24,600 on the clock, it is the hue of this 996.2 GT3 that sets it apart from the rest. Carrara white is a rare shade indeed to adorn the narrow hips of a track-ready GT3, with the matching multi-spoke wheel centres a further element to this example’s bespokery.
This Gen2 car, with revised aero and a power boost of 21hp over its Gen1 counterpart, is a left-hand-drive example (which may find favour with track day enthusiasts due to the clockwise nature of most circuits), while the all-important factory label under the front boot lid reveals a unique original country code of C31, for Saudi Arabia.
Paul Stephens believe there’s no sign of previous track use on the car, which may explain the exuberance of those pristine painted wheel centres, while the decadence continues inside with a white painted centre console, and leather Sports seats with contrasting yellow stitching to match the yellow PCCB calipers sitting under each wheel arch.
The 3.6-litre, 386hp GT3 is in as-new condition, complemented by a full main dealer history with clear engine data, which should suitably appease fears of over-revs by any zealous former owners. In a Porsche market where individualism and originality from the factory is so revered, we can’t think of a better GT3 example to add to a collection or unleash on a track day right now.
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We absolutely love everything about the videos attached on the following page and all that they stand for. In the first one, the legend, the myth, the factory Porsche racing guru hot shoe Jeff Zwart drove a 997 GT2 RS a total of 1,132 miles from Porsche Motorsport’s headquarters in Santa Ana, California to the Pikes Peak Hillclimb in Colorado, where he raced it in the 2011 event. The only modifications they did to the car were the installation of a factory European spec Club Sport roll cage, associated safety equipment and minor interior gutting, a Recaro race seat, slapped on some 18″ BBS 3 piece alloys with Michelin racing tires, and used lightweight plastic GT3 Cup doors. He ended up finishing in second place in his class behind a full tube framed Hyundai race car and set the record for the quickest street legal car to ever have run the course. We think that it’s all sorts of cool, and we are sure that you will agree. Please continue on the next page for the videos and pictures from the race, as well as a bonus we threw in from 2013. And here he sets the record for the […]