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911 GT2 (996)

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Turbo in a bondage club

Built: 2001 2004 I En­gine: 3600cc lat-six, 476bhp I Top speed: 198mph

By the dawn of the mil­len­nium Porsche’s high-per­for­mance 911s had split o‚ in two di­rec­tions. There was the Turbo, all ruched leather and rapid but with se­cure, four-wheel-drive pace. And there was the GT3 with its sky-high 8000rpm red­line and tyres that mixed with stand­ing wa­ter about as hap­pily as oil does.

So Porsche did the most ob­vi­ous (if un­hinged) thing pos­si­ble and com­bined the two. This wasn’t the ’irst 911 GT2 – that was the air-cooled 993 – but it was the ’irst de­signed pri­mar­ily for the road, Porsche hav­ing switched its racing ac­tiv­i­ties to the GT3. Which makes it all the more in­sane that hav­ing taken away the Turbo’s front drive­shafts and swapped its KKK blow­ers for a big­ger pair that helped lift power be­yond 450bhp – and even­tu­ally nearly 480bhp – Porsche didn’t bother ’it­ting any form of elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol. Feel lucky, punk? Well, do ya?

NEARLY 480BHP AND NO FORM OF ELEC­TRONIC STA­BIL­ITY CON­TROL SYS­TEM

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