The Gunther Werks 993 is the ultimate air-cooled Porsche 911!

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1998 was a big year for the Porsche 911. That’s when the German company introduced the 996. The first major redesigned since the 911 came to life in the 1960s, the 996 also marked the end of the air-cooled era, as the popular engine was replaced by a water-cooled flat-six. The switch was controversial and many purists considered it to be the end of the true 911. If you like air-cooled power, you can still find older 911s on the market. But what if you also want the modern technology that did not exist back in the 1990s? Well, Gunther Werks will give you the best of both worlds through its remastered 993. And you can check out how fast and dynamic it is on this footage from Laguna Seca.

Watch the Gunther Werks "Remastered 993" Porsche 911 Lap Laguna Seca in 1:30.99
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If you're not familiar with Gunther Werks' work, they pretty much took the old 993-generation 911 and turned it into a modern sports cars using new technology.

The company retains the air-cooled, naturally aspirated layout, but the flat-six developed by Rothsport is as modern as they get and pumps out more oomph than the original 993. The body is made almost entirely from carbon-fiber and most parts are sourced from respectable companies like Getrag, Brembo, and Motec. Gunther Werks’ 993 also comes with Porsche Classic components inside the cabin, so it still looks familiar.

Watch the Gunther Werks "Remastered 993" Porsche 911 Lap Laguna Seca in 1:30.99
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Under the hood of this remastered 993 lurks a 4.0-liter naturally aspirated flat-six. The engine is a bit bigger than the 993’s original 3.6-liter mill, but it also generates notably more power. Gunther Werks rates it at 431 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque, a bit jump from the original 993 Carrera’s 268 horses and 243 pound-feet of twist.

Actually, Gunther’s take packs more punch than the 993 Carrera RS (296 horsepower) and the 993 Turbo and Turbo S (402 and 424 horses, respectively). The 993 GT2 is the only version that’s slightly more powerful at 444 horsepower.

But the Gunther Werks 993 also shines when it comes to power-to-weight ratio.

The carbon-fiber body and interior components keep curb weight down to only 2,677 pounds, below any factory-built version of the 993. For a quick comparo, that’s 350 pounds below the 993 Carrera and around 150 pounds below the 993 Carrera RS. With only 6.2 pounds per horsepower, the Gunther Werks 993 is a blast to drive on the race track, and the video below proves just that. To make things better, the car raced on Laguna Seca is fitted with the massive rear wing that Porsche used to offer on the 993 Carrera RS Clubsport.

Watch the Gunther Werks "Remastered 993" Porsche 911 Lap Laguna Seca in 1:30.99
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With a lap of 1:30.99 minutes, the Gunther Werks 993 is only a second slower than the Porsche 918 Spyder, just 0.2 seconds slower than the McLaren P1 and quicker than cars like the Ferrari 488 GTB, Mercedes-AMG GT R, and the previous Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

Yes, the Gunther Werks 993 is insanely expensive at $565,000, but you won’t find a better air-cooled Porsche 911 out there.

Ciprian Florea
Senior Editor and Supercar Expert - ciprian@topspeed.com
Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read More
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