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The 1986 Porsche 928S With A Manual Is The German Muscle Car To Get

This gorgeous blue-skinned shark belongs to Muscle aficionado and personality behind House of Muscle on YouTube, Mr. Mike Musto. Both the car and its owner are about as nice as they come, and it’s quite clear that Zack Klapman and Mike have quite the rapport, being that they worked together for a number of years. When Mike was in Los Angeles with the car, he and Zack went for a drive on video. Their conversation flows like old friends, and the car enjoys being thrashed through the canyon roads. Watch and listen, and you might learn a thing or two about what is perhaps Porsche’s most maligned car.

I have personally driven this 928 with Mike before, and it is as cherry as it looks on camera. Mike bought the car as a clean candidate and had every inch of the mechanicals to make it exactly the car he dreamed of when he was younger in the 1980s. Being the last of the sharp-nosed 928s, it has the old look that he craved. Being a 1986 928S, it has the larger 32-valve 5-liter engine that makes the power Musto wanted.

These are quite rare with a manual transmission, and it completely transforms the 928 driving experience from a lackadaisical lope along to a high speed handshake deal between driver and car. If you can find one in good shape, I highly recommend it.

Mike, as a good Porsche owner should, uses is 928 regularly for high-speed highway runs between San Francisco and Los Angeles. He says it will cruise all day long at speeds exceeding the limit, and that’s just how he likes it.

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What Is It Like To Drive Bisimoto’s Center Seat Turbo Boxster On Track?

 

It wasn’t particularly visible during last year’s SEMA show, as it was tucked away in some out-of-the-way booth, but I knew I had to track it down as soon as I heard about Bisimoto’s Boxster. The trek to see it was well worth the walk, as it is easily the wildest Boxster I’ve ever laid eyes on. With a huge wing slung out where a 996’s engine would be, giant carbon-composite wheels, a center-mounted seat, and big visible turbochargers stuck under the rear bumper, this car is a full on assault on the eyeballs. That might not be the worst thing. Great track cars are rarely pretty. Matt Farah recently got an opportunity to take this mad machine out for a few track laps, and he loved it.

This Boxster was originally equipped with a 217-horsepower 2.7-liter that had blown itself up by the time Bisi bought it. After a full bevy of upgrades, that same 2.7-liter is now capable of more than 500 horsepower with an on-demand overboost function on E85 corn fuel. With a stripped down interior and a whole lot of carbon fiber, Bisimoto has got this car down to under 2500 pounds, too! Toss a sticky set of tires at it, and it’s bound to perform wonderfully on track. The video below seems to prove that to be the case. This car has everything you’d want in a track car, including the added thrill of the wooshing and blow-off sounds from that forced induction.

Aside from a pair of moments where Matt misjudged his braking and cornering entry speeds, though not due to the unfamiliarity of a center-mounted seat, as one might expect. No, instead Farah claims the car’s huge 8-piston calipers are un-assisted manually actuated, and that his braking foot just got to the point it couldn’t hammer that pedal down anymore. The car is as fast as poop through a goose. It grips like it’s riding on sandpaper wheels. And for a car that entered the Bisimoto shops as an unloved base Boxster barely worth a few grand, it’s been reborn as a phoenix from the ashes, ready to take on GT3s and GT-Rs. Bisi says he’s going to upgrade the 2.7-liter to a better-built 3.4-liter for even more power. Here is hoping he sorts out the braking system, too!

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Comparing The GT3 Touring With A 911T Is An Interesting Exercise

In a special episode of The Smoking Tire’s One Take series, Matt Farah brought along a friend in the form of Spike Feresten for a glorious drive in the canyons with a pair of special Porsches. Because Porsche loaned a 911T to Farah for the week, he called up Feresten who owns a GT3 Touring to bring it out for a back to back comparison. The two Porsches are actually quite similar when you think about it. They’re both driver-oriented 911s with scads of sporty packages made standard, manual transmissions, and a fistful of fun. The 911T was developed by the same people that made the GT3, Porsche’s GT team, so it bears some of the same DNA.

First up is the new Carrera T

With some lightweight touches, standard sport suspension and sport exhaust, a limited slip differential, plus the wider fenders of the Carrera S, this little monster punches way above its weight class. Even with the widebody, the 911T weighs about 44 pounds lighter than the lightest base 911. This one was optioned with carbon rotors and optional rear-steer (which isn’t an option on base Carreras, by the way), which made the 911T *feel* much lighter than it actually is. Interestingly, the 911 Carrera T is a handful of pounds heavier than the GT3, but both Matt and Spike commented that if felt lighter. That’s the suspension tuning and Porsche magic sauce making it feel that way.

As Matt said later in a comment on the YouTube video, « The weight isn’t that big of a deal. It’s much more how light it FEELS than how light it IS. The LSD, PASM, sport suspension, and most importantly, rear steer (not available on Carrera) add an extra level of agility to the Carrera T you don’t get with the base car. Sure, it’s a nuanced difference, but a difference nonetheless. »

Put back to back with the GT3, obviously that’s most of us would choose the GT3, and of course Spike and Matt both say as much in the video. However, that the Carrera T can even be mentioned in the same breath says a lot for this particular Porsche’s capability.

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Is Porsche’s 718 Cayman GTS Better Than The Old GT4?

The steady march of progress often comes with some compromises. In Porsche’s case, the naturally aspirated 981-generation GT4 has given way to faster and more capable turbocharged 718-generation mid-engine monsters. With a flatter torque curve and an earlier power delivery, the 718 Cayman GTS puts up a faster lap-time at nearly any track than the GT4 of just a couple years ago, even on less sticky tires. The chassis has been improved for maximum grip, a new turbocharged four-cylinder has been mounted where that glorious 3.8-liter flat-six once sat, and the electronics have all been exploited to make the driver near God-like. Is it better? In many ways, yes.

One only needs to watch this great video from Matt Farah on The Smoking Tire channel on YouTube to get a good comparison between the two Porsches. While Matt seems content to trade audible engagement for speed and torque, I am not quite as sold on the new car. The first few minutes of the video are at the wheel of a friend’s GT4, and that sound is second to none. It may well be one of the best sounding cars Porsche has ever built. It’s high on induction noise and that exhaust note is just mind-bendingly lovely. Both the 718 and the 981 are incredible in their own ways, but I’ll take the keys to the one with the wing every time.

The rumor mill is churning with reports that a new GT4 is coming, and it’ll be powered by a detuned version of the current GT3’s 4-liter naturally aspirated flat six. I count that as a victory for potential GT4 buyers, because the improved 718 chassis will pair quite well with the big six. As long as it’s still available with a manual transmission, it will take the new mantle. For now, maybe lease a 718 for a while and wait for the new GT4 to launch.

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Turbo-swapped 911 Is So Fun You Can’t Give It Up

Have you ever ridden a roller coaster at an amusement park that was just so much fun you had to immediately get back in line to try it again as soon as possible? When I was younger, I’d do that all the time. In the below video, Matt Farah of The Smoking Tire, takes Marco’s turbocharged « Carrera Turbo » (a narrow-body 911 with a non-intercooled 911 Turbo engine shoved in the back) for a spin, and that’s exactly what I was reminded of. After a sweet run down the road and back, Matt saw the finish line of his drive come into view and decided to keep driving right past it, getting in another five minutes of glorious boost and non-linear throttle.

This Porsche, like the 914 featured a couple weeks ago, was built by TLG Porsche in North Hollywood, California. Marco’s father built the 1975 911 into a little bit of a hot rod for the family matriarch, but Marco ended up with it after it had racked up serious miles. After a brief stint with a hot naturally aspirated engine, the wild 3.2 liter single turbo non-intercooled engine was built for this car, and it’s been in there for a few years now. With over 300 horsepower to the rear wheels and original narrow fenders, this beast has an uncomfortably high power-to-tire-width ratio. That doesn’t stop Marco from driving the Porsche as often as possible, or Matt from pushing the 911 to its limits on gorgeous SoCal roads.

Matt’s One Take videos are ending at the end of this month, so it’s great that they end with a bang. This Porsche is perhaps one of the most interesting cars the show has ever featured, and has us thinking about how easy it would be to fit a spare 930 engine into the back of our 1976 Porsche 912E. This is how bad ideas begin.

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