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2020 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet Drops More Camo

The new 911 Turbo’s debut is getting closer.

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Porsche 964… Courant d’air !

Il fut un temps où rouler en Porsche 964 ne nécessitait pas d’avoir coché tous les numéros gagnants d’une grille de Loto… Oui je sais, aujourd’hui, quand on repense à cette époque pas si lointaine, on plonge dans des pensées bien nostalgiques. En attendant, il y en a qui ont su profiter quand il était […]

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Resurrecting a 911T, Dust and All

Graham bought his 1969 Porsche 911T back in the mid-1990s, long before the air-cooled 911 boom. Graham found his purple 911T in the Netherlands, and after parting with a then-substantial number of guilders (which Porsche reports was equal to about €21k), he drove the car home. Upon his return the purple T became Graham’s daily driver. It made regular forays to UK shows, trips across the continent, and braved London traffic for the next four years.

After four years with the car though, Graham left for the UAE, and the car was left behind in a London parking facility. While Graham thought he would be spending just a few years in the UAE, his brief move quickly turned into a decade, and the 911 sat. It sat, accumulating dust, and amusingly the word « shill » was fingered into the dust on its flank.

When Graham returned, the dust-shrouded 911 was sent to Tower Porsche, who had cared for the car before he departed. Surprisingly, the long-idle car returned to life swiftly with a fresh battery and a few cranks on the air-cooled flat-six. With some further fettling, fresh Michelins, and tuning the car was returned to running order.

But Graham opted not to clean it. Still ensconced in its protective layer of London car park dust, the car was driven from London to the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed. There Porsche spotted Graham and his purple 911T, and concocted a plan: Bring John’s classic T and the marque’s modern-minimalist Carrera T together.

While the Flatsixes staff is somewhat split in our feelings on the new T, seeing the new and old cars together warms the cockles of even my curmudgeonly, blackened heart. The two cars are separated by five decades, seemingly dozens of ECUs, and about 1,000 pounds, but they are united in both layout and spirit.

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On s’en va découvrir la Porsche 911 Carrera 4S 2020 dans les Maritimes

Le Guide de l’auto met le cap vers l’est, cette semaine pour mettre à l’essai la Porsche 911 Carrera 4S 2020 en conditions parfaitement réelles, sur les routes et chemins sinueux de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Ce seront nos premiers essais de la nouvelle 911 en sol canadien. Ce coupé 4S fait …

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Diving Deep into Analog Machines with One Man’s Cherished 997.1 GT3 RS

Some owners develop bonds with their cars so close that they make certain parent-child relationships cold and distant. Perhaps the involved relationship one must have when owning and modifying a car over the course of a decade, one might get closer to their car than they can with kin. Plus, a Porsche 997.1 GT3 RS doesn’t make rude comments at Thanksgiving, nor does it come home with strange suitors and expect you to make small talk. However, like a kid, the GT3 RS does cost a great deal of money—not that spending money on this beauty was something Shawn Lee ever did begrudgingly.

This simple, frill-free GT3 RS is impressive on stats alone. With 420 horsepower, less than 3,000 pounds to haul around, a slick six-speed, and as little superfluous bits as possible, there’s plenty to enjoy. But this model has some history to boot. A former car of the late Paul Walker, this GT3 RS was modified in the way that the face of The Fast and the Furious would have. Walker fitted it with Lexan rear windows, GMG Cup fenders, and Carrera GT seats in the year he owned it, then sold it to Mr. Lee.

A few tasteful modifications make this GT3 RS even more of a driver’s car.

To Lee, the analog nature of this generation of GT3 is its main appeal. « This car gives a workout, » he says. With the ability to make its driver sweat and the level of involvement it demands, it leaves you tired. « It beats on you, » Lee adds. Even compared to the 991 GT3, he finds the visceral, unfiltered experience of driving a 997 GT3 RS can’t be beaten—even if it’s not the fastest machine around nowadays. There’s a deeper connection that older cars offer the driver. The young guns and the laptime-obsessed might not feel the same way, but that relationship one forms with an analog car can really leave its owner panting, elated, and ready for another go.

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