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the en­gi­neers and de­sign­ers at Gun­ther Werks (gun­ther werks.com), based in Or­ange County, Calif., have built off the bril­liance of the Porsche 993—the last air-cooled car in the mar­que’s 911 line—and made it even more sub­lime.

“The 993 is con­sid­ered by all Porsche en­thu­si­asts to be the best 911 vari­ant made to date,” says Gun­ther Werks’ CEO, Peter Nam. “The per­for­mance and beau­ti­ful de­sign of the 993, com­bined with new tech­nol­ogy, are ingredients for suc­cess.”

The re­mas­ter­ing be­gins with a 993 donor ve­hi­cle that must be a street-le­gal ex­am­ple from 1994 through 1998. Gun­ther Werks then crafts a hand-built body—con­sid­er­ably wider than the orig­i­nal one— com­posed en­tirely of car­bon fiber (save for the doors and mir­rors). The con­tem­po­rary coupe car­ries a 4-liter nat­u­rally as­pi­rated air-cooled en­gine—from Ore­gon-based Roth­sport Rac­ing—that puts out 431 hp and gen­er­ates

320 ft lbs of torque. Also part of the power train is a cus­tom Ge­trag G50 6-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion.

“One of the rea­sons I wanted to take on this pro­ject was to in­spire the younger gen­er­a­tion to learn how to drive a man­ual trans­mis­sion,” says Nam. “I want this car to be some­thing my young son can en­joy 10 years down the road.”

Only 25 ex­am­ples of the 400R will be made by Gun­ther Werks, each start­ing at $525,000—not in­clud­ing the orig­i­nal 993. De­liv­er­ies will start at the be­gin­ning of 2018. —VIJU MATHEW

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