911 GT2 (996)
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