Is Porsche Making a 718 GT4RS?

 

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Ah, the Nurburgring. Automotive heaven to some while a critical testing site for others. For Porsche, it’s the latter. Nearly every Porsche has been seen testing here, from the GT2RS to the Panamera, and even the new Taycan. This week though, a heavily modified Cayman was spotted swerving around the track. For those that haven’t seen it, this new Cayman looks like a track focused version of the new GT4, could this perhaps be the long awaited 718 GT4RS?

If it is though, I’m honestly not surprised, I’m sure you’re not either. I mean, I don’t know about you, but I’ve been wanting and expecting a GT4RS ever since I found out about the long gearing and de-tuned engine on the 981 gen GT4. Could it be that Porsche is finally turning the Cayman into a proper supercar? But would they even consider it?

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It’s no secret that Porsche has been holding the Cayman back from reaching its full potential. Just look at my Boxster, that thing has a 2.5 liter flat 6 that barely makes 200 hp and keep in mind, the 911 that had the same M96 engine made 300 hp in 1999. If you want a more recent example, look at the gearing on both of the Cayman GT4s. 1st gear takes you up to about 46 mph while second hits the limiter at something like 81 mph! I remember Motor Trend did a calculation back in the day, that said if the 981 GT4 had Porsche’s typical 30 mph for 1st and around 60 mph for second, the 0-60 time would have gone from 4.1 seconds to around 3.6. Guess what, that’s faster than EVERY 911 short of the GT3; coincidence, I think not.

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Like every other RS car, this new GT4RS features the whole 9 yards of Porsche aero upgrades. It’s got NACA ducts, louvers on the rear window to cool the engine, what looks to be small front fender vents, and its party piece, that monstrous rear wing. I don’t care how much power they suck out of the engine or how long they make the gearing, this thing will be glued to the track.

Speaking of power, Porsche has made it very clear that they intend on using the current GT4’s 4.0 liter flat six in other cars. And the current engine for the GT4 is the naturally aspirated beauty we’ve been waiting for, it’s literally just a giant middle finger to turbo charged engines…I love it. What Porsche did is that they took the 911’s 3.0 liter twin turbo flat 6, they bored it out to 4.0 liters, they changed a bunch of internals, and they cut off those soul sucking turbos just like God intended. To add some insult to injury, they also raised the engine’s redline to 8,000 rpm; this thing is a screamer. Now the question is, how much power will they extract from it, because they’ve also made it very clear that the GT4’s engine is performing far below its potential. Realistically, I’m placing my bets at around 460 hp, which is enough to make the GT4RS insanely fast, but not faster than Porsche’s precious GT3.

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Or what they could do, and this is a stretch, is make the GT4RS the long awaited mid engined supercar I’ve always wanted, AKA the Porsche 960 we never got. Who knows though? All we do know, is that there are going to be some fast Caymans loose on the streets. Watch out!

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The Ferrari 458 Spider: Stupid Fast

In May, we had the honor of attending a super exclusive car show called cars and jets (@carsandjetsofficial). Cars and Jets took place in a private hangar, and consisted of some really nice cars and some really nice people all spending the day together. What was special for me was that it was my first time riding in a super car. I had the honor of riding shotgun with @gadautobody in his 991.2 GT3RS-up until then, the fastest car I’d ever sat in was a 997.1 Carrera. Long story short, it was one of the best days of my life. Up until a few weeks ago, I didn’t think life could get much better than that day, I was wrong. On Saturday, September 7, @carsandjetsofficial hosted another Cars and Jets, and I got to drive an automotive legend, the Ferrari 458 Spider…what a car.

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The Looks

Let’s start on the outside, and just look at it. The 458 is Pinnanferina design at its finest. The lines, the curves, the shapes, it’s absolutely beautiful. Nothing looks out of place, it’s not too wide, not too narrow, not too low, everything is just right. With our car being a spider, we got those signature “double bubble” rear deck lid; we drove with the roof down of course.

The Interior

I’ll be honest, Italian cars are not my favorite. I think they’re too flamboyant and unreliable to be proper drivers’ cars, but damn do they have good interiors. Everything from the steering wheel to the air vents was driver oriented. Not to mention, covered in beautiful Italian leather. The seats, the dashboard, the steering wheel, even the door pockets were leather. Where there was no leather, there was Alcantara. The seat fit you just right, the pedals were all in the right place, the paddles made such a satisfying “click,” you’d think it was a Porsche from how perfectly engineered everything was.

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The Way It Drives

When I was little, I would always ask my dad car questions. “Why do you like Porsches? How come you didn’t buy a Turbo? Did you know the Turbo can go from 40 to 60 mph in 1 second?!?!?!” I’m honestly surprised he didn’t just sock me in the face after the first 10 questions. Anyway, the thing was that whenever I would ask him about a supercar, he usually responded with, “I probably wouldn’t buy that car, it’s too fast.” I was baffled. My 10 year old brain couldn’t even begin to grasp the concept of a car being “too fast.” How could ANYONE think a car is too fast? My brain was still baffled up until I drove that beautiful Ferrari because trust me, it was way too fast.

As I was getting used to the car, I could literally feel the power at the throttle pedal. I don’t know how to describe it. It was like I could open the floodgates of hell with a pedal. It was tempting me, the car was tempting me, daring me to floor it, to unleash the 570 horses crammed into the middle. After a solid 5 minutes of resistance, I gave in, I couldn’t take it anymore. I buried my foot into the accelerator, in first gear mind you; I unleashed the beast. Little did I know that the beast would be way too much for the cold tires to handle. The road turned to ice for a second. I only thought that was possible in Forza. This car was too fast.

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The way that Ferrari accelerates is beyond belief. The force it pushes you back in your seat with is other worldly. It’s addicting, it really is. The beauty of it is that it’s so balanced as well. The sharpness, the agility, the seating position, everything is made for that one moment where you have an open road ahead of you and nothing but time.

The car turns with ZERO body roll, and GT3RS like precision. The steering feel is just as perfect as a 997 and the transmission shifts like a PDK. Going through a corner is like drawing a line through the laws of physics.

And the sound, did I mention the sound? It’s eviscerating. There’s nothing quite like the howl of 8 cylinders screaming at 9000 rpm. Every crackle, every downshift, is just intoxicating. I would give anything to hear it again.

My favorite part about the 458 is not it’s speed or its looks, but how it makes you feel. Driving the 458 made me want to be a better driver. It makes you want to tame the beast inside, to max it out, to reach the limit. It really does bring out the best in you. The 458 gives you just the right amount of confidence and fear to make you the best. And that for me is truly special.

They say you never forget your first Ferrari, and they’re right. What s car.

I would like to thank GAD Auto Body again for truly one of the greatest days of my life, I didn’t think Cars and Jets could get any better. GAD will take care of all of your bodywork, towing, and vinyl wrapping needs. Their shop is located in Glendale, CA. They also do supercar rentals! Most importantly though, the guys at GAD are true craftsmen and their passion for what they do clearly shows in their results. Click on this paragraph to visit their Instagram Page.

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The Porsche Taycan: A Future to Believe In

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On July 1, 2003, a man named Elon Musk started a revolution; he started Tesla Motors. Tesla Motors was created with the objective of making the electric car a viable, affordable, and reliable method of transportation. Much like Nicola Tesla revolutionized electricity, Musk wanted Tesla Motors to revolutionize the car industry. But as with any startup, progress was slow to say the least. When they finally unveiled their first car, the Tesla Roadster, in 2011, it was pretty cool, but not very significant. Then, about a year or so later, the Tesla Model S emerged and the rest is history. The Model S made such an impact in fact, that car companies big and small began to take notice. Porsche was one of those companies.

The Porsche Taycan started life as a stunning concept revealed in 2015 called the Mission E (aka the Tesla killer). The Mission E was a HUGE leap forward in terms of technology. The concept was powered by an 800 Volt battery, promised over 600 hp, and a Tesla crushing 310 mile range. The world was shocked, and eager for more. Well fast forward to about 4 days ago and Porsche unveiled the Mission E production car to the world under the name, Taycan.

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After months of spy shots and speculation, the Taycan is here, in the flesh, and ready to take down the Model S. At launch, Porsche revealed the range topping Taycan Turbo and Turbo S models (your guess is as good as mine as to why they named it Turbo); they look very promising to say the least.

The Pros

First off, I personally think the car’s beautiful. Sure it doesn’t have the Mission E Concept’s gorgeous lines and sleek, wide body, but it’s still a good looking car. The lines are clean, the accents are there; it’s the subtle beauty we’ve come to expect from a Porsche.

The interior is classy, clean, and comfortable as well except for the fact that there is a “leather free” interior option which is kind of ridiculous for a car that can be well over $200,000.

The performance however, is what makes the Taycan a real Porsche. The “base” Taycan Turbo utilizes a 93 kW/hr, 800 Volt battery setup that produces a P100D like 670 hp and 626 lb/ft of torque on overboost while the range topping Turbo S produces 750 hp and 774 lb/ft of torque. Keep in mind here that the fastest 911 makes 690 hp. 60 mph in the Turbo comes in just 3 seconds and a hypercar like 2.6 seconds in the Turbo S as expected. Don’t let the batteries fool you, the Taycan is a true Porsche in terms of handling as well. The Turbo S also holds the Nurburgring lap record for the fastest 4 door electric car at 7 minutes 42 seconds; Tesla has made no such attempt.

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The Cons

The range on the Taycan however, is a lot less promising. The EPA hasn’t released an official statement about the Turbo and Turbo S’ range, but recent testing in New York has shown that the two cars will likely have a range less than the 345 miles you get in a Tesla Model S.

Pricing is also not a strong point with the “base” Taycan Turbo already costing over $50,000 dollars more than the Tesla Model S P100D. The Turbo S is even more expensive than the $150,900 Turbo coming in at a whopping $185,000 before options.

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The Verdict

In creating the Taycan, Porsche set its sights on the Model S. I think it’s safe to say that Porsche have in fact achieved their goals. Porsche also introduced the concept of high end luxury to the electric car market, hence the high prices of the Turbo and Turbo S. Now the Taycan may not be the most affordable or longest range electric car yet (a base model and possibly a long range model are soon to arrive), but it’s the enthusiast’s electric car. An electric car that’s fun to drive and blisteringly fast as any Porsche should be. And for that, say well done.

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The Porsche 718 Boxster: The Next Generation of Fun in the Sun

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Ah, the Porsche 718 Boxster, a very interesting car to say the least. Back in 1997, this was the cheapest Porsche money could buy. It also wasn’t very fast, it didn’t look all that great, but it was a joy to drive. It originally came powered by a 2.5 liter flat 6 that made about 201 hp, which is a rather conservative amount if you ask me, but it did sound pretty good. Anyway, as the years went by the engine became bigger, those ugly fried egg headlights disappeared, and the Boxster grew up to become very respectable, fun to drive sports car. Then in 2016, Porsche did arguably the worst thing one could do to a sports car, they exchanged the 981 generation’s beloved flat 6 in favor of a turbo charged flat 4, creating what we now know as the 718 Boxster. To be completely honest with you, I hated it. I thought Porsche had ruined the Boxster. Sure it was faster, but there was no emotion, no passion behind a flat 4. It seemed that Porsche had given up its pursuit of the ultimate driver’s car in favor of chasing 0-60 times and gas mileage. I seemed to have forgotten what my friend Billy had always said, “Anyone who hates a sports car, has obviously never driven one.” Well, I finally drove one, and it was a hell of a lot of fun to say the least.

Technical Specifications 

Since everything seems to be a numbers game these days, let’s start off with the specs. In S form, the 718 Boxster is powered by a turbocharged 2.5 liter flat 4 that churns out a very respectable 350 hp and a muscly 309 lb/ft of torque. With all this power, a 7 speed PDK gearbox, and curb weight of 3054 lb, the 718 Boxster S sprints from 0-60 in 4 seconds flat (0.1 seconds slower than a Carrera GT might I add) and tops out at a 911-like 177 mph. Don’t let the hate fool you, the 718 is a fast car, like a REALLY fast car; much faster than the previous generation Boxster too.

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Interior/Build Quality

One of the biggest drawbacks of the 986 (first generation) Boxster was its interior quality, or lack thereof. The interior was cheap, rattly, and just a bad place to be even for a 90s car. Thankfully, one of the biggest improvements of the Boxster over the years-aside from its power gain-has been the quality of the interior. The 718’s interior is filled with high quality leather and contrasting stitching, all the buttons are in the right place, and nothing is cheap, you feel like you’re in a $80,000+ car. Unlike previous Boxsters, the 718 also comes with enough tech to make you feel old and you can tell the interior was designed with the driver in mind. Everything fits and everything makes sense, typical Porsche.

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How it Drives

Now the 718 may have killer looks, a boat load of power, and a comfy interior, but honestly, who cares? This is a sports car, and by definition it’s sole purpose is to be driven for “performance at high speeds.” As I said before, the 718 does not disappoint. The car just grips and grips and grips, there’s no better way to put it. The power, the balance, the chassis, it all feels right when going through a turn. You don’t have to wrestle it through high speed corners like you have to do in my 986 and you don’t have to worry about any under or oversteer like you would in a 911.  

Not to mention, the brakes are amazing too. These things stop you almost as fast as the car accelerates. They really give you the confidence to push the more powerful engine.

Aside from being my first time driving a 718, this was also my first time driving a Porsche with a PDK. Long story short,  I was VERY impressed. The PDK was so engaging and so blisteringly fast, I honestly didn’t think a manual would have made the drive any better, especially with that kind of power. Having a PDK meant I could focus on driving, on going even faster, it also meant launch control. And let me say, all that torque from the turbo does a really good job of turning your 718 into a racing yellow cruise missile; it’s really out of this world.

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The Sound

Going in, I thought that the 718 would be a lackluster car mostly due to the sound. But after driving it, I’m glad to say that the sound did not bother me at all. It’s really not that bad if I’m being honest. I know it’s not a flat 6 but it’s not a Honda either and hearing the turbo blow off through the side intake really put a giant smile on my face. But do I wish it had a flat 6? Yes. Will it keep me up at night though? Not at all.

 

The Verdict

Now nothing is perfect, we all know that. But when the only drawback of a car is the steering feel, you know you’ve got something special. The 718 is a real joy to drive, plain and simple. Everything feels right, everything looks right, and everything drives right. It has a 4 cylinder, so what? That just means you get a whole lot more torque thanks to that turbo. I’m happy to say that Porsche really got it right with something that could have gone so horribly wrong. Long live the sports car and long live the 718!

A special thank you to @siramg_ for letting us review his gorgeous yellow Boxster S, and for just being a really cool guy overall. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to make mine one of the best I’ve ever had, it really means a lot. 

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The Most Powerful Cayenne is Now Just 20 HP Short of the GT2RS

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According to the title, that would give the new Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid (what a name) 670 hp…wait a second, 670 hp? That can’t be right! You really did read that right though, 670 hp in a family SUV. 670 hp in a car who’s sole purpose is to take your kids to school and back. The Ford GT doesn’t even have that much power! As ridiculous (and amazing) as that is, the new Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid is finally here, and ready to give the GT2RS a run for its money.

To achieve this level of insanity, Porsche had to steal a page from the 918’s owners manual which allowed them to install a hybrid system. It’s a hybrid all right. The 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 “only” makes up about 541 of the 670 hp, the rest is all electric. This may sound like cheating but hey, 0 RPM torque is not to be taken lightly. With this monstrous powertrain, an updated 8 speed tiptronic S transmission, and all wheel drive, the new Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid teleports to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, faster than a Carrera GT might I add, and tops out at an astonishing 183 mph despite having the fridge like aerodynamics of an SUV.

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With the drivetrain also comes other performance enhancing features like active anti roll bars, rear wheel torque vectoring, and ceramic brakes that are the size of my Boxster’s wheels. And if your kid’s school commute is really that boring, you can spice things up by adding launch control via the Sport Chrono Package. These all also come with the Cayenne “Coupe” bodystyle if you prefer a sleeker look; X6 M owners watch out.

As expected the interior is shiny and comfy like any new Porsche and comes with all the goodies you get in the new Cayenne. With all this tech, and about as much power as there are letters in its name, the new Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid starts at a whopping $161,900 with the Coupe being $2,500 more. Save up fast though as these new heart stoppers are set to hit dealers within the first quarter of 2020.

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Now the Cayenne is great and all but this reveal adds more mystery to the reveal of the 992 Turbo; let me explain. The reveal of the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid marks the second time Porsche has replaced the range topping Turbo S model with a Turbo S E-Hybrid model the first time being with the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. What’s to say they won’t follow suit with the 992? Just imagine how much power a 911 Turbo S E-Hybrid would have; I can’t wait to find out!

 

The Acura NSX: A Truly Underrated Supercar

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Ever since its reveal in 2016, the Acura NSX has been called many things and I think it’s safe to say that most of these things haven’t been positive. Sales of the NSX haven’t been too positive either considering Justin’s 2019 NSX was number 2,043-the car has been on sale for almost 4 years and production is NOT limited. Having heard these stats before, I wasn’t really expecting much when I first sat in the NSX, but boy was I blown away; this thing is truly mental.

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Design

Let’s be honest with ourselves, the Acura NSX is a really beautiful cars. In pictures, it’s a stunner and that only gets better when you see the car in person. From the way the lines cut across the body to those perfectly proportioned air intakes to the subtle yet gorgeous flying buttresses, this car really has no bad angle. The NSX easily stole the attention of spectators away from the 950 hp Gemballa Turbo S (1 of 88 need I mention) that it was following. I know it doesn’t look like its predecessor but I honestly don’t care. This car is here to show us the future and if this is what the future looks like, count me in!

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Interior

The exterior is beautiful, I already knew that. But something that I constantly heard journalists barking about was the quality of the interior. Based on my experience, these jounalists were either completely blind, or they were acustomed to zuch a high level of quality that they would never be satisfied. Long story short, the interior was miles better than the car’s exterior and that’s saying something. Littered with Alcantara and leather, the cockpit of the NSX was a very pleasant place to be. The buttons felt nice, everything worked, the controls were in the right places, not to mention the seats were comfortable-miles better than the GT3RS we reviewed a few months ago. The interior was the perfect blend between a racecar and a Rolls Royce, I was VERY impressed.

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Acceleration

For those that don’t know, the NSX has 4 (a 3.5 liter twin turbo V6 accompanied by 3 electric motors) motors which produce a combined output of 573 hp and 476 lb/ft of torque which isn’t much until you realize that this torque comes in at 0 rpm. That’s right, thanks to those electric motors you have all wheel drive with 0 rpm torque, and that V6 engine, no turbo lag what so ever which had me smiling all day long. You can also get 30 mpg on the highway which I don’t think anyone will complain about. The launch is brutal. You put your foot down, and the car is gone, with no fuss about it. It was so fast, I laughed when I learned that the car was 3,878 lb, this thing pulled just like a GT3RS despite being more that 800 lb heavier, not to mention it kept up with a 950 hp Turbo S from 0-30 mph which is no small feat.

This thing stopped too. With massive carbon ceramic brakes, this monster came to a stop almost as fast as it accelerated. Now that’s not to say that these are Porsche brakes, the GT3RS and Turbo S definitely stopped faster, but the NSX’s brakes were still more than enough to get the job done.

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How it Drives

The biggest thing that journalists complained about was the way the NSX drove; not necessarily how well it handled but how it felt to drive. The wired steering and braking were said to take away from the driving experience. Despite this, Justin had no complaints about the driving feel, he was engaged in the experience just as much as he would have been driving any other supercar.

The NSX was also surprisingly comfortable. The powertrain was smooth as silk and it took bumps like a champ. The suspension seemed to have a split personality because when you hammered it, the car stiffened up like a true racecar, it really was the best of both worlds.

The sound wasn’t bad either. In fact, the twin turbo V6 sounded more like the muffled howl of a  Porsche 911 Turbo rather than the angry vacuum of a Nissan GTR. It was quiet but nice, nothing a good aftermarket exhaust couldn’t fix.

What really shocked me though was the sheer amount of grip this car had. In a GT3RS, you have miles of grip  but it’s not hard at all to get the car loose; this was NOT the case for the NSX. When I say this thing was glued to the road, I mean it. It did not lose traction once. No launch or full throttle turn was able to turn this thing loose, I would have believed you if you said it was on rails.

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The Verdict

As I said before, I really didn’t expect much with the NSX. I expected it to be a lame driving experience, with mediocre sound, and lackluster handling. I’m glad to say that what I got was the complete opposite. The Acura NSX is engaging, fun to drive, beautiful to look at, and fast as hell. There really isn’t anything on the market that gives you the reliability, practicality, and the performance of the NSX. It really is a shame there aren’t very many on the road because the more we hate on hybrids like the NSX, the more car makers lean towards soulless electric cars. The NSX is our friend, it is our beacon of hope in a land of darkness. It’s something to be cherished and enjoyed, something Ayrton Senna would’ve been proud of.

We would like to thank Cody and Justin for giving us an unforgettable experience that Saturday morning. When the ACR cancelled on us that morning, Cody came to the rescue by inviting Justin and his NSX. It was a pleasure to be able to review these cars with such kind owners.

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Espo Porsche: Showing Why Air Cooled 911s Are So Great

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This week, we had the honor of visiting a Porsche enthusiast’s dream: Espo Porsche. Espo Porsche is basically your one stop shop for Porsches, they will literally work on anything from a 356 to a Cayenne. The shop was started by John Esposito in 2010, with the aim of combining proper craftsmanship with Porsche’s loyal fanbase.
John is a true artist, when it comes to cars. Since junior high, John had taken his schools’ autoshop classes, developing his hands on skills along with his passion for cars. It’s no surprise that right after high school, he went to work at a body shop. It was these body shops that inspired John’s love for Porsches, he was always surrounded by them. Although HE loved the cars, it didn’t seem that the places he worked for shared his passion and attention to detail. “They hacked the Porsches there, hacked them terribly. Uneven panel gaps all around,” he said. It was this poor quality work that motivated him to open up his own shop, to do things the right way. John ended up building is his first 911 in 2014 (a 911SCRS recreation) and opened Espo Porsche‘s current shop in 2010. He has been working on Porsches for over 47 years.

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If there was one thing we took away from our interview, it was that there’s nothing like an old 911, nothing at all. He went on and on about how new Porsches are too “sterile” (aka luxurious) and not focused solely on driving pleasure. I could imagine the scene right then and there. Imagine carving up the canyons in a 1973 (he said 1969-1973 911s are the best) 911S. You didn’t have many features, but you also didn’t have any distractions. Just you and the open road with nothing but time, this was what we as the car community had been looking for with modern cars. I realized that with all this technology, cars aren’t as fun to drive anymore. We don’t hear the true engine, rather an exhaust muffled by turbos. We don’t feel the roads with the steering, we can’t even shift our own gears for God’s sake. I now understood why air cooled Porsches have shot up so high in value, people miss this feeling.

This was emphasized even more when we were shown how easy it was to work on these old cars. With 4 bolts, you could drop the engine and fix whatever you wanted, the steel chassis were easy to reinforce and repair if needed be. Porsche knew people would be driving their 911s, and they built them like so. The engines were made of steel rather than plastic, there were no complicated electronics that would break. Everything was mechanical, everything was simpler. Today’s aluminum 911 bodies are lighter, that’s a fact, but they’re not as easy to repair, the same goes for the plastic engine components.

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Today’s cars are truly excellent, and mind mindbogglingly fast, but they’re missing something, something that the charts can say. They’re missing that special aura about them, “No one’s gonna restore a 996.” Thanks to Espo Porsche, I learned that in order to save the sports car, we need not to look towards the future (electric motors and more tech) but to the past; that’s when sports cars were truly about the art of driving.

Before I end this article, I would like to thank everyone at Espo Porsche for inviting us over and truly reviving our passion for air cooled 911s. A special thanks to John for the interview and to @womeninporsche for giving us a tour of the amazing facility!

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