The Porsche 911 is like wine. It gets better with age. And I’m saying this because the 911 basically looks the same after half a century. It’s a successful recipe that only the Stuttgart-based company managed to master, and it’s one of the reasons why the 911 is favored by so many tuning shops.
We’re all familiar with the likes of RUF and TechArt. The former has presented its first Porsche model in 1977, while the latter has been around since the 1980s. The number of Porsche-tuning companies increased recently, with 9ff and TOPCAR among the young guns that joined the party.
9ff filed for bankruptcy last year, leaving us to miss their extreme models. Moscow’s TOPCAR, on the other hand, is still alive and kicking through their Stinger program for the 911. Although seeing one of these Russian-modified sports car on U.S. roads isn’t very likely, a Cabriolet Stinger just popped up in Florida with a "For sale" sticker on its windshield. Let’s check it out and see what we’re dealing with.
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The most notable exterior feature on the 911 Stinger Cabriolet is the distinctive aerodynamic body kit that includes reshaped front and rear bumpers, as well as widened wheel arches and an extra spoiler. Lower and wider, the sports car now has a more aggressive stance that reminds me of similar offering from RUF. However, TOPCAR’s take is a bit blander and looks more down-to-Earth. And that’s certainly not a bad thing.
The entire body kit is made of carbon fiber made by vacuum forming, but the manufacturer chose to hide the lightweight materials behind a flashy Guards Red coating. The reshaped hood, fabricated from the same material, was painted black for a contrasting effect. In the process, TOPCAR also fitted the 911 with a new set of 20-inch featherweight, five-spoke ADV.1 wheels.
Although the tuner opted for an all black interior sprinkled with only a few aluminum inserts, the cabin is packed with the luxurious and sporty amenities found in any top-level 911. The the adjustable steering wheel and bucket seats are wrapped in leather, the front floor is covered with soft mats, while power windows and power seats are included in the package.
There’s even a driver-side, illuminated vanity mirror and front reading lamps, while the navigation system and the premium audio system are there to provide an enjoyable ride. What’s more, the sports car comes with six airbags, traction control, four-wheel ABS, ESC and rear parking assist.
Although TOPCAR’s Stinger program is also available with an ECU remap and other minor tweaks, this specific model is powered by a bone stock 3.4-liter, inline-six engine. The unit sends 350 horsepower to the rear wheels via a seven-speed manual transmission.
Champion Porsche is selling the droptop sports car, which has only 996 miles on its odometer, for $154,900. The vehicle is obviously in tip-top shape. For the record, TOPCAR charges €14,280 for its aerodynamic update, which means nearly $20,000 at the current exchange rates.
The 911 Stinger looks marvelous on the outside and any Porsche aficionado will appreciate the motorsport-inspired flared arches along with the overall aggressive look. However, a car that looks like this needs a more powerful engine, even if that means a bigger price tag.
- Aggressive stance
- Race-like widebody
- No power upgrades
- Looks faster than it really is
- Competitive market