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Porsche 911 Targa Backdating… MCG is back !

Le Targa, c’est les avantages du cabriolet, tout en conservant la rigidité de la caisse. Tu roules cheveux au vent sans avoir l’impression que le pare brise va atterrir sur tes jambes à chaque fois que tu passes un dos d’âne ou un passage à niveau. En tout cas, c’est l’astuce trouvée par Porsche pour […]

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’74 Porsche 911 Targa Outlaw… Targa ?!

Oui mesdames et messieurs, cette Porsche 911 est une Targa… Sauf qu’ils lui ont fermé le toit ! Voilà, c’est simple. Mais là, je ne peux m’empêcher de me poser une question… Pourquoi tu pars d’une Targa si ton objectif est de lui enlever ce qui justement fait sa spécificité ? Bon, j’ai ma p’tite […]

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964 Vs. 993: Battle of the Air-Cooled RS Clones

Two near-clones of consecutive generation Porsches, specifically modified for different people and different occasions. Both share a stellar air-cooled soundtrack, and both have the perfect proportions to make any gearhead salivate. Both these Porsche RS clones serve an undeniably strong cocktail.

In the red 964 clone, owned by a man named « Sleepy, » whose 996 « GT3 » we’ve admired in the past, we’ve got a slightly softer car. Though stripped and trimmed, this RS clone isn’t the most focused of track cars, and clearly offers a more road-oriented setup. However, the gearbox linkages, bushings, engine mounts are racier, and the engine benefits from a Specialized Performance Induction kit, better injectors, and a Cup-spec Cam—all of which amount to roughly 300 horsepower. To help liven up the powerplant, Sleepy added a 993’s six-speed with better ratios.

The 964’s tidy engine bay.

The 993 is closer to true RS spec, and that focus is obvious from the outside. The engine uses a Ninemeister top-end, as well as a hotter cam. This particular beauty is almost to RS spec, but the shell hasn’t been seam-welded, the rear calipers aren’t RS, and the gearbox lacks the RS ratios. However, suspension, bushings, etc. are all RS specification—and the rawness and urgency of this focused Porsche is palpable.

Driving Impressions

The 964 does have sultry lines, a classic bark, and a few modifications to make it just a hair sharper. Yet, it’s not quite the track scalpel that the 993 is. That said, it’s still a lovely car for backroad blitzes, and offers a great ambiance. With the Dansk exhaust filling the cabin, the perfect shift throw, and those understated Recaro Pole Positions make the interior a place lovely enough for a long haul. Bilstein PSS10 give some ride control, but the Porsche looks far from rock hard; gently riding bumps with poise.

The 993 RS clone tends to understeer at the limit, but at least its a 911 that’s manageable and stable in longer corners, where the steering livens up and replaces an almost disconcertingly light feel. Maybe it’s the better of the two on public roads.

Even their stances suggest wildly different characters.

Even before driving the car, the 993’s true nature is betrayed by the rollcage and its ride height. While the ride picks out bumps hardly noticeable from viewing the video, the body control and the obvious limited rebound mean a more involving drive and a sharper front. It’s obviously a harder Porsche for someone who’s interested in manipulating a car at the limit—and willing to put up with the incessant brake shriek. Which would you rather drive on a daily basis?

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Porsche 911 RSR Outlaw : Le Graal des atmos !

Dans la religion Porschiste classic, vous avez 2 prophéties ! Celle des turbos et celle des atmos. Pour les adeptes de la 1ère, le rêve ultime passe souvent par une 930 ou une 965. Pour les 2nd, c’est la RS… voir la RSR qui n’a jamais eu de version street legal. Mais heureusement il existe […]

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How Much GT3 Can You Buy for $23,000?

For a long time, the 996 was ridiculed, and now that I’m more familiar with these cars, I’m struggling to see why that was ever the case. There are the fried-egg headlights, sure, and the potential for IMS/RMS issues with the M96 motor has some prospective buyers gritting their teeth. However, there’s still a dynamic, sure-footed, and exhilarating Porsche underneath all that. With the right slew of aesthetic modifications, it can convince some people a genuine GT3 just shot past them.

Lowered on GT3 wheels and sporting a GT3’s aero kit, this budget 996 could pass for a bonafide supercar.

How much of the GT3 experience can be enjoyed for a measly twenty three thousand? The list of upgrades to this Polar Silver 996 isn’t very long, and yet it seems to provide « 75% percent of GT3-feel. » With the factory limited-slip differential, Bilstein PSS10 coilovers, and M030 swaybars at both ends, it provides the crispness and confidence that Number27, an up-and-coming YouTube motoring personality, needs to run at such an eye-opening pace on pockmarked British backroads. Yet, it doesn’t crash over the bumps; the two occupants look as if they’re traveling in a Mercedes E-Class despite the scenery passing at an alarming rate. Quite simply, it seems perfectly damped for the real world.

If this modified 996 shines in the handling department, perhaps the 3.4-liter M96 motor is one element which can’t quite cut the mustard. Even with a lightened flywheel, it lacks the verve, response, and low-end torque of the GT3’s race-bred Mezger engine. Though aftermarket, freer-flowing catalytic converters open up this engine slightly, it lacks the Mezger’s urgency and the raspy intake noise which floods a GT3’s cabin and makes the experience so intense.

With passable brakes, incredible composure and steering feel, and a motor which provides more than enough power to crack a smile across your face, this mildly-modded 996 is an absolute bargain. If there’s twenty grand burning a hole in your pocket, and the GT3 premium is just too much, consider one of these much-maligned gems—they’re worlds better than their reputation would lead you to believe.

For Number27’s thoughts on a 996 GT3, check the video below:

 
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