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Bringing the 959 and 911 GT2 RS Together: The Pinnacle Of Porsche

Even thirty two years on the little details of the 959 can make other 911-based cars seem pedestrian. Where the GT2 RS is a wild machine covered in scoops, wings, and hyperbole, its floor is mere metal. The 959 separates its occupants from the pavement with nomex. Point, 80s dream machine. It seems that every other trait about the car is similarly insane. Time may have marched on from its contemporaries, but so much of the 959, at least on paper, seems thoroughly modern and extraordinary. While we know that in every measurable way related to on-road performance the GT2 RS will savage the elderly 959, but Everyday Driver seem to be asking is the new car as compelling?

In a strictly dollars for donuts way, the GT2 RS absolutely is. The GT2 RS cost less than the 959’s recent maintenance. Despite its formidable performance it remains oddly accessible, a trait it shares with the 959. The two cars also share interiors with lesser contemporary 911s. Oddly the GT2 RS and the 959S share a 211-mph top speed.

The two cars of course differ in focus. While the older car may have been developed for Group B homologation, in implementation it fell somewhere between 80s Supercar and ultimate-GT, with a dash of rock crawler thrown in for good measure. The one in the video was street parked in Monaco for many years, and was apparently used regularly. The GT2 RS is a fairly unabashed track car.

Of course, given our focus here at Flatsixes, we’ve talked about the 959 at length. We’ve featured wrecked 959s, 959s Doug Demuro likes, modified 959s, and Brad has ridden in one. We’ve also spent a lot of time discussing the GT2 RS, from heavily-optioned cars, to record setters. While we could crow on about how the 959 is the ultimate expression of Porsche’s transition into a tech-driven automaker, we’ll let Everyday Driver show you. This 28-minute video is an excellent watch.

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Actualité : Une 959 spéciale au Porsche Museum

Le Porsche Museum de Stuttgart a proposé via les réseaux sociaux, un coup de projecteur sur la Porsche 959 personnalisée, préparée à la fin des…

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Voici deux Porsche 959 fabriquées pour des princes du Moyen-Orient

Du doré. Du bois. Du cuir. Pour la discretion, oubliez.

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Jay Leno Drives The Spectacular Porsche 959

The technologically pioneering Porsche visits Leno’s garage.

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Jay Leno Takes Porsche’s 80s Icon 959 For A Spin

The 959 was really Porsche’s rolling laboratory for automotive technological advancement. The truly astonishing thing about the 959 is that it was truly the first daily-driver supercar. Sadly, most of these cars have not been blessed with driving mileage, as they’ve been shoved in collections and garages for years. This car has 49,000 brag-worthy kilometers, or about 30,000 miles. There’s no reason why this car couldn’t go just as far and as comfortably as any other 911. If I were lucky enough to be able to afford one of Porsche’s finest, I’d absolutely drive it up to a six-figure odometer reading. These cars were built to be driven long, far, and at high speed.

This video is quite long at nearly 30 minutes, but you might learn a thing or two about Porsche and the advancements made by the 959 in its day. These cars have really exploded in value over the last decade or so, well beyond the reach of mortals like me, but it will always have a place in my Porsche dreams. While the visuals are relatively staid and subdued by standards of even a decade later—looking a bit like a stretched out 993—this thing must have looked like an absolute rocket ship in the mid-1980s.

As nice as the 959 is to drive, with hydraulically adjustable ride height, all-wheel drive, and waves of turbocharged torque, the inside is still relatively familiar to anyone with a Carrera 3.2. Aside from the « Porsche 959 » embossed into the steering wheel, and the « G » on the shift knob to delineate a low crawling gear, you’d be hard pressed to find a way to tell you were even driving something more special than a « regular » 911. The greenhouse is the same, and the seats feel the same, which helps that feeling along. But, as soon as you slam down the accelerator, you’ll know.

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