A “Real” Porsche 911…
It’s an interesting term, ‘A “Real” Porsche 911’. But, what exactly is a “Real” Porsche 911?
EVER SINCE THE Porsche 356 was replaced by the 901, now more than 50 years ago, there’s been an undercurrent of ‘enthusiast’ Porsche owners with a hankering for the old and traditional – struggling to embrace the new. A cynic might say these people live in the past.
Before I elaborate, I must confess that I’m one of those enthusiasts. I’ve been known to entirely miss the latest 991 GT3 RS roaring past, simply because I was totally focussed on a cute little 1970s 911T.
There are just so many different examples of where changes in the production of the Porsche 911 has led to a longing to possess one of ‘The last of …”.
For example, there’s the last of the:
- Short-wheel-base 911s (1968 911S);
- Pre-Impact Bumper (long hood) 911s (1973 2.4S);
- Traditional shape 911s (3.2 Carrera);
- Rear wheel drive 911 turbos (964 3.6);
- Air-cooled 911s (993);
- Mezger-engined 911s (997 GT3, RS 3.8 or 4.0);
- Mezger-engined 911 Turbo (997 v1);
- Naturally aspirated 911 Carreras (991 v1); and
- Manual transmission 911 GT3s (997 v2).
There are valid (and many invalid) arguments as to why each is the last “Real” Porsche 911. Ultimately though it’s not about whether these are better cars than their predecessors and successors, it’s about whether the market thinks they are.
Now to the latest iteration, the 2017 991 RSR. For a guaranteed dose of goose bumps, watch the following “Spearhead” video. On the big screen. With the volume turned up to 11
For 2017, in order to be more competitive, Porsche have given the 911 RSR a full carbon-fibre body. Interesting as that is, the more seismic change is that it now has, wait for it… A mid-engine layout.
That’s right, the engine is no longer behind the rear axle, rather in front of it.
As the racing technology always, inevitably trickles down to the production cars, I can just see it now: it’s 2020, the new mid-engined 992 (or whatever they choose to call it) has just been released…. it’s the biggest, fastest, lightest, best-est Porsche 911 ever. But is it a “Real” Porsche 911?
Because we all know that a “Real” Porsche 911 is rear-engined.