GT2 RS hi

Are there Porsches you shouldn’t modify?

GT2 RSMost of us have got used to the idea of upgrading a fairly modest air-cooled 911 to make it look like a 2.7 RS, but what about more modern examples? This 997 GT2 has been modified and tuned to GT2 RS ‘and beyond’ spec – 750bhp, handmade wheels, fancy diff, etc, etc, etc  – but is yet to attract much interest from buyers, despite being half the price of the genuine item. Is that because they think you should just leave a GT2 alone? Is it wrong to try emulating the spirit of the RS version if it’s not an exact replica?

Give us your thoughts…

911&PW 25th Anniversary issue

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Happy Birthday to us. We’re celebrating 911&PW’s 25th Anniversary with a bumper 180 page issue. What’s more, we’ve polled 25 movers and shakers in the Porsche world to come up with a definitive Porsche Top 25. OK, the front cover rather gives the game away, but there’s plenty of surprises behind that iconic red racer! May issue out April 2

Machine Mart

TOME OF TEMPTATION

A little light lunchtime reading – just received the latest copy of the Machine Mart spring/summer catalogue, so everything else is on hold for a while. Its 476 pages are stuffed full of all sorts of tools and kit that you probably don’t actually need but would be brilliant to have. Having said that, I am actually in the market for a decent pressure washer and a powered car polisher, honestly I am…

996 donor

3.6-litre Boxster 986?

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Chinwagging with Graeme Cook (pictured above) from Douglas Valley Breakers recently (check out the May issue, available soon), he suggested that the way to make my 986 Boxster 3.2S quicker is to install a 3.6-litre unit from the 996. He doesn’t seem to think it’s too difficult an operation and, of course, he’s sitting on a ready supply of  donor motors. Sounds like it could be a cracking project car…

New GT3 RS launches at Geneva

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911 GT3 RS

Stop press! New GT3 RS launches at Geneva Motor Show. This is the even more extreme version of the GT3 and so naturally gets more get up and go, with 500bhp on tap from its 4-litre flat six, which means it’s all-important Nurburgring lap time is 7mins 20secs, which Porsche points out is 9secs quicker than the V10 Carrera GT. Yes, it’s PDK only, which allows such gizmos as a limiting ‘pit speed’ button. More importantly, though, we’re drawn to the ‘intelligent lightweight design’ which sees the use of magnesium for the roof and carbon fibre for the engine and luggage compartment lids. We like the front wheel arch vents and recess that extends from the front lid and across the roof, a clear nod to classic 911 models. Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus and variable rear axle diff lock should give it stunning agility, but right now we’ll just have to make do with looking at it!

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