Well, for 40 Years Porsche has been adamant that the correct place for the engine is in the back. I mean I thought that Alfa were stubborn throwing the gearbox in the back “for better weight distribution”, but no. Unsurprisingly it is the Germans that are stern with their ridiculous ways and over-doing everything they set out to do. Whether it is an engine, a seat material, or even a holiday abroad – I’ll save the War slurs for another time though.
We all love fast and impressive cars. Take the new 991 GT3RS for example. It’ll smash, bash, rock and roll straight past pretty much all of its competitors with ease. You are constantly aware of how clever it is. How fast it can go. How efficient and how clean it is. In fact, drive that 4.0 top-of-the-line track car through a heavily polluted city such as LA and you’ll be recycling cleaner air as you drive along. Your 500 horsepower hot box with its super sticky rubber and clinically insane engine will get you around any town or circuit quicker than 50% of the performance cars on sale today.
Yes it does indeed posses the exact same 4.0 litre flat six engine from the GT3RS. And yes, it still has lots of the mental electronic wizardry. However, this car was not built to be fast. It was built to fun. It was built with their top notch-y 6 speed manual gearbox, a subtle body and looks to match. It doesn’t feel the need to show off at every party because it’s already busy having fun with the girl from next door. It’s not used to set a benchmark or to resale at as close to its original price as possible, because it won’t. That’s not what it was designed to do.
It was designed with the driver in mind. It was designed to make the driver happy, but for the driver to be the one who makes it go fast. It gives back more than what it receives, and through doing so is now worth so much more than the RS. It’s worth more because it’s what real enthusiasts want. They’re not the ones who buy a brand new car with retail in mind. They are the ones that buy a car which is loved so much that it is now worth so much more than what everyone else thinks they want. If you buy a GT3RS simply because it’s at the top – you’re most likely not going to be.
Yes, the 911R was roughly 5k more expensive than the GT3RS, but it’s what we really want. The boss of the GT division at Porsche chose to have one of these for himself for a reason. He specified it to be a one-off Green 911R because that’s what matters to him. And in turn is worth so much more. Around £6,000,000 within the next decade to be exact (With low mileage of course).
And I can guarantee he will still have it by then. Will it have low mileage though? Nope. Probably not. But will he really care? Nah, I wouldn’t have thought so.
But why won’t he care?
Well, it’s simple. He has a 911R.
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