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Five Porsche 911s I want to drive in 2017 – Editor’s choice

As I mentioned last week, 2016 was a very good year for bringing you a very high calibre of Porsche 911s in Total 911 magazine. Under a mantra of ‘onwards and upwards’, I’ve picked out five more models I’m intent on personally covering for you loyal readers in 2017. In reverse order, they are:

5) Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6

For me, the later 930 Turbo with G50 gearbox is one of the most enjoyable classic 911s to pilot. The 964 3.3 after that was merely a cosmetic upgrade for Porsche’s Turbo, but the later 3.6-litre was a different beast entirely. It still lags behind the twin-turbocharged 993 in terms of values, but there’s a reason Porsche wanted a second crack at the whip of the 964 Turbo. I’m betting this is going to become an all-time great, and a test drive will show if my money has been well placed.

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4) Porsche 991.2 GTS

To be revealed early in 2017, The new 911 GTS will utilise a rendition of the new, turbocharged 9A2 flat six engine currently used for the Carrera and Carrera S models. Whether or not the new GTS coincides with a long-awaited Powerkit for the 991’s second-generation remains to be seen, but what is guaranteed is a superb sportscar for those who don’t want (or can’t get!) a new 991 GT3. Speaking of which…

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3) Porsche 991.2 GT3

The first generation’s story was as spectacular as its spec: revving all the way to 9,000rpm, the car also stole headlines for incidents involving the odd fire and a worldwide recall. I’ve no doubt the Gen2 car, which has already been confirmed as naturally aspirated, will be just as scintillating to drive, though its redline will likely be more in line with the 991 GT3 RS’s 8,600 maximum revs.

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2) Porsche 911 2.0 SWB

With all the 2017 talk surrounding new tech on new cars, a revisit to where it all began with the short wheelbase 911 2.0-litre will remind us of the 911’s more humble beginnings. Famed for its supposed snappy handling (a lengthening of the car’s wheelbase in 1968 helping to alleviate that), the early cars are rocketing in value as they become automotive antiques. We’ll get one on the road for you before they all disappear into collections.

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1) Porsche 997 GT2 RS

2017 looks set to mark the return for a fearsome GT2 with the famous Rennsport moniker, but it was the 997 GT2 RS that started the legend. With 700Nm of torque going through the rear wheels only, this won’t just be the best drive of the year for me, it’ll likely be the most, well, interesting, too!

Horizontal, tracking shot of a black Porsche 997 GT2 RS being driven round a race track, taken from a front 3/4 angle. Shot outside in natural lighting.

 

Which Porsche 911s would you like to see in Total 911 this year? Comment below or email [email protected]

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Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6 Flatnose: an exotic oddity

Foot flat to the floor in third gear, I’m still waiting to make any meaningful progress around the high-speed test track, the location for today’s latest Total 911 drive.

As the orange needle on the VDO tachometer sweeps past the 3,000rpm mark though, the whistling that had previously been but a mere mumble through the cockpit grows to a more pronounced shriek. The flat-six sound track swells, too, in unison, growling angrily as the aural experience combines with an old school dollop of single turbo boost.

The pace has switched from ‘pedestrian’ to ‘brutal’ in the blink of an eye, the 911 Turbo galloping forward with indecent haste as the tree trunks lining the road blur into an organic mess in my peripheral vision.

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The road has seemingly narrowed, too, with this Neunelfer chasing the horizon so violently that it appears to have outsprinted my eyes’ ability to compute the perspective of the situation. In fact, the 964 Turbo 3.6’s 385bhp, wrought from a single KKK turbocharger, has left nearly all of my senses needing recalibration.

My first experience of the Turbo 3.6’s full throttle theatrics thumps me in the small of my back, leaving my internal organs feeling like they’ve been deposited some distance further back down the road; the place where the full 0.8 bar of boost kicked in; the place that is now almost invisible in the rear view mirror.

After too long spent in silky smooth twin turbo 911s, I had forgotten what a magical experience the old 911 Turbos could deliver, like a roller coaster that has just pitched over the top of its crest.

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Each time I push down with my right foot, after an appreciable half-a-second or so of lag, I’m continually shocked by the ferocity of the acceleration, the car squatting over its wide rear haunches like a 100 metre sprinter launching from the blocks.

I didn’t realise a car that is now 22 years old could pack such a powerful punch. The sound track to this barely-tamed beast only serves to heighten the addictiveness of the thumping motor’s boost, the bark of the flat six overlaid with an unbridled whoosh from the turbocharger, followed by that classic air-cooled chatter and a subtle hiss as 11.6psi of pressure is suddenly exhaled on the overrun.

I’m so excited by the speed that it seems incredible this particular 911 has only seen 1,014km of action. How could the previous owner have just this left car idle for most of its life?

To read our test of the super rare Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6 Flatnose in full, pick up Total 911 issue 139 in store today. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery, or download it straight to your digital device now.

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Total 911 issue 139 on sale now

In recent years – on both the 997 and 991 platforms – the Porsche 911 range has swollen to an almost incomprehensible size. However, despite filling almost every available sports car niche, the today’s Neunelfer line-up still isn’t as specialised as the early Nineties.

During the 964’s reign, Zuffenhausen – often bolstered by the Exclusive Department – dreamt up a number of limited edition cars; some were designed as luxurious collector’s items, others were thoroughbred racing machines.

In Total 911 issue 139 – on sale in store and online from today – we bring you test drives from behind the wheel of two very different super rare Porsche 964s: a 964 Carrera RS N/GT and the unusual 964 Turbo 3.6 Flatnose.

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With histories just as enthralling as their respective driving experiences, we’ve got 13 pages dedicated to these rare Porsche 964s so you can learn everything there is to know about these mystical Zuffenhausen machines.

Elsewhere, we’ve got the ultimate buying guide if your looking for a Porsche 997.2 GT3 and a 2.7 Carrera v 2.7 Carrera RS head-to-head where we find out how two cars so similar on paper can provide such different drives out on the road.

There’s also a race simulator test drive with Total 911’s very own FIA WEC racer, Ben Barker, and a 50th anniversary celebration of the Porsche 911, Zuffenhausen’s original performance Neunelfer.

To read all this and much, much more, pick up Total 911 issue 139 in store today. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery, or download it straight to your digital device now.

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Total 911 tenth anniversary special issue 130 now on sale

This month sees Total 911 magazine turn ten years old, and to celebrate we’ve compiled an exquisite new issue packed full of the most decorated Porsche 911s from around the world – and you can get 10% off your copy simply by clicking here and using the special ‘BIRTHDAY10′ code, which is available until September.

Our special issue revs up with a drive in a special car: the world’s only 901 Cabriolet. This spectacular rarity carries significant historical importance as the Porsche that gave rise to the iconic Targa, a model that now celebrates half a century of existence. We get up close to the remarkably unrestored 901 Cabriolet and chart its life from Butzi Porsche’s open-topped test mule in 1963 to being the jewel in an astonishing classic car collection today, before taking the Cabriolet for a drive around the city streets of London.

Red Porsche 901 Cabriolet prototype

As well as a look at one of the first 911s in our ten-year anniversary issue, we also look to the latest with exclusive information and pictures of the next generation Carrera ahead of its official unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Seismic changes are in store as the Carrera goes turbocharged fro the first time, and you can read about its new specs and stats ONLY in our anniversary issue.

Elsewhere in issue 130, we take to the track and pit the 997 GT2 Clubsport against the 997 GT3 RS to find out which is the king of the circuit. We also give the 964 Turbo 3.6 our ultimate guide treatment and climb behind the wheel of the 911 S/R, a prestigious car that carries the title of Porsche’s first homologated racer.

For all of this, and much, much more, pick up Total 911 issue 129 in store now. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery, or download it straight to your digital device.

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Total 911’s top five Porsche 964s

Billed at its release as “the 911 for the next 25 years,” the 964 generation of Porsche 911 has enjoyed a particularly potted history. Unloved for years, only since 2012 has the 964 truly won universal acclaim among enthusiasts as a classic 911 to have. Values have rocketed immeasurably in that amount of time and interest remains very high among collectors even for Carrera Cabriolet and Targa examples – unthinkable as recently as 2011. However, which of the fourteen 964 models can claim to be the greatest? Here’s our top five:

 

5) Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6

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The 3.3-litre 964 Turbo may have brought forced induction into the new new generation of 911, but under that revised body shell was essentially the same unit as found in the venerable 930. It wasn’t until near the end of 964 production in 1993 that Porsche finally updated the Turbo engine with an increased capacity, helping to raise power by 40bhp over the 3.3-litre Turbo. The new Turbo package was resplendent in a wide body, which was lowered by 20 millimetres and sitting over 18-inch Speedline wheels.

 

4) Porsche 964 C2 Speedster

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As we’ve discovered in the latest issue of Total 911, a Speedster makes for a delightful twist to the 911 driver experience, enlightening the senses with the purest from of al-fresco driving. Though performance isn’t central to the 964 Speedster it’s still lavished with an RS-spec interior, while the chopped windscreen and double-bubble glass fibre panel are perhaps the only acceptable deviation from the 911’s conventional silhouette. If you can unearth a rare wide-bodied example then you’ve a very sought-after 911 on your hands.

 

3) Porsche 964 Turbo S

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Built by Porsche’s Exclusive department, the 964 Turbo S is the fastest single-turbo production 911 ever made. Colloquially labelled as a “Turbocharged Rennsport”, the car mated a 381bhp turbocharged flat six engine (the extra 61bhp came as a result of a new turbo and more boost) to a chassis that enjoyed substantial weight saving for a final kerb weight of 1,290kg. A mere 81 examples were built, making this a very rare classic Porsche.

 

2) Porsche 964 3.8 RS

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Our drive of the Carrera RS in issue 128 highlighted just how much we adore this exquisite driver’s car in 3.6-litre form (though we wouldn’t pay £200,000 for one). In 3.8-litre guise you’re guaranteed extra power (up 40 to 300bhp over the 3.6) and infinitely more exclusivity: only 55 were made. If you can get your hands on one of these lightweight Turbo-bodied Rennsports you’ll have one of the most exhilarating Porsche 911s in your stable.

 

1) Porsche 964 Carrera 4 Lightweight

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No 964 is as hardcore as the 964 Carrera 4 Leichtbau. Created by 911 competition supremo Jurgen Barth, the car is stripped back to the bones and features the manually adjustable all-wheel-drive from the Paris-Dakar 953 no less, plus a short-ratio five-speed gearbox also derived from the 953. Its lightweight name was secured after managing to shed 350 kilograms over a 964 C4, weighing in at just 1,100kg. The ultimate 964 is also one of the rarest: just 22 were made.

Do you agree with our choices? Which model of Porsche 964 is your favourite? Join the debate in the comments below or head over to our Facebook and Twitter pages now.

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