Total 911’s Porsche 911 dream garage
You’ve probably noticed that 2013 was a pretty big year for the Porsche 911. To mark the end of the 911’s 50th anniversary year, the Total 911 team has decided to choose its favourite Porsche 911s of the last five decades:
‘911’ and ‘Clubsport’ has always proved an evocative pairing in the Porsche lexicon, denoting the purist form of 911 driving. With 40kg of weightsaving, the principle behind the 3.2 Clubsport was no different to the more celebrated RS models of the Seventies.
Along with soundproofing and the underseal, Porsche removed the radio, sunroof, and rear seats, before fitting a short-throw gearshift and a 40 per-cent limited-slip differential in order to produce a true driver’s car worthy of my dream weekend garage.
Despite its sound principle though, only 340 examples were produced with the 911 3.2 Carrera Clubsport failing to capture the public’s imagination. With so few coming off the production line, nothing would surely replace the thrilling experience of owning one from new?
As the resident racing driver on the Total 911 team, to pick one of the slowest Porsche 911s of the last 50 years may seem strange choice but, the original ‘O’ series 911S is an iconic car in both its design and ethos.
Introduced in 1966, the car was the first to sport the optional Fuchs ‘five leaf’ wheels (now synonymous with classic 911s). Coupled with the beautifully elegant, short-wheelbase shell, the car’s sillouhette is, in my eyes, perfect.
It also popularised Porsche’s use of the ‘S’ moniker. The ‘O’ series 911S was the first 911 truly produced with motorsport in mind, producing 160bhp (a 30bhp hike over the standard car). This performance-boosting ethos lives on in both the modern Carrera and Turbo S models. That’s quite a legacy.
Coming from a design background means aesthetics are often the first thing I look for in a car, and the Porsche 993 Turbo S doesn’t fail to deliver in this respect. Its purely aggressive nature, with wide body and extended rear wing, sits perfectly with me.
Coupled with the fact it’s the last of the air-cooled generation means that, to my mind, it truly deserves the moniker ‘modern classic’. Of course, this car isn’t just designed to look fast.
With 450hp at all four wheels, the Porsche 993 Turbo S hits 0-62mph in 4.1 seconds, topping out at 186mph. This rare 911 epitomises the Porsche brand; power, speed, and aggression, engineered to perfection.