Five Porsche 911s I want to drive in 2016 – Lee’s choices
As part of the magazine’s remit to deliver you the very best in Porsche journalism, I’ve been lucky enough to sample some thrilling 911s first hand in 2015. How do we better it, I hear you ask? Well, the five cars below are a good start – they’re the 911s I personally am looking forward to driving most in 2016. Without further ado…
5) Porsche 964 RS
A year ago I was non-plussed about the 964 Rennsport. As I’ve previously mentioned, to my eyes the 964 Rennsport (in 3.6-litre guise) is merely a 964 Carrera with a touch of weight saving, and is therefore overrated. However, perhaps captivated by Josh’s 964 RS v 997 GT3 RS feature in issue 128, I’m now curious to see for myself if there is more to this Rennsport’s competition DNA.
4) Porsche 911 reimagined by Singer
Each car is billed as pure automotive art, but how does it stack up as a driver’s car? Proprietor Rob Dickinson and co have worked extremely hard over the last two years on this side of their projects in particular, developing engines with Ed Pink Racing, as well as bespoke carbon ceramic brakes. With production of these reinvented Porsches so low, even finding a car will be hard enough, let alone finding one with an owner lax on passing the keys to a mere motoring hack. Watch this space…
3) Porsche 996 Carrera
It’s been the underrated 911 for so long but even the plucky 996 Carrera has seen its values rise in 2015. My road test in a 996 C4S last year still resonates today and I’m relishing rekindling the steer in a lighter, rear-drive variant. With prices of this 911 still temptingly low, you never know – I may even end up buying one!
2) Porsche 991 R
Make no bones about it, this is going to the THE 911 of 2016. This is the back-to-basics special that enthusiasts have been craving for so long. Details remain scarce but even what we already know is enough to whet the appetite: GT3 engine, 991 chassis, and a manual gearbox. I’m hearing that each Porsche Centre is only going to be given the opportunity to sell one or two, so again, the numbers will not work in everybody’s favour, but nevertheless you can expect to read all about the car first hand from an upcoming issue of Total 911.
1) Porsche 959
The only 911-derived hypercar. One of the fastest cars of the Eighties in terms of top speed (rivalling the Ferrari F40 of course), so much technology garnered from this car has ended up on subsequent generations of the iconic 911. As a man hailing from the same decade (just) and who regularly has anything by Duran Duran on a ‘recently played’ list, this really will be the ultimate Porsche experience for me.