German-based TechArt has steadily built itself a reputation for tuning and customising Porsche models from classics to the latest sports cars. Now the Höfingen tuning experts have got their hands on the Porsche 992 Turbo S. On a first quick sighting and a glance at the name, you could be forgiven for thinking TechArt had got to grips with a Nissan GT-R, as the custom 800hp powerhouse has also been given the moniker of GT Street R.
Arguably, as a tuning company, it’s harder to make an impression when adding your special touch to an already celebrated sports-car like the Porsche Turbo S. A car which Evo described last year as the ‘sharpest yet’ with a rating of 4.5 out of 5. With an increased bore size from 91mm to 102mm and a 3.9 litre capacity, the production model produces 641bhp with 580lb ft of torque and a 0-62mph speed of 2.7 seconds. Surely TechArt has bitten off more than it can chew trying to impress us any more than the Turbo S already impresses…
TechArt has added a substantial carbon-fibre body kit (which may also excuse me for a quick glance mistaking this as a GT-R) which, in preparation for all that extra power, adds extra downforce on the rear axle – 4-times as much in fact. It also reduces potential front lift by up to 45 per cent. So the extensive body kit isn’t just there to beef up those Turbo S looks and give it a hint of the looks of a classic Japanese street racer – the flared out fenders, oversized spoiler and side skirts make a very real difference too.
The TechArt GT Street R also benefits from adjustable suspension thanks to tweaked coil-overs able to be tuned from 15mm to 25mm. TechArt says that it is also working on a fully adjustable custom ‘Club Sport’ suspension kit too, if adjustable coil-overs are just not good enough for you. We also get uprated turbochargers and an active sports exhaust. TechArt has even gone as far as designing and incorporating its own bespoke software to control the engine and transmission. TechArt of course provides new wheels with their custom GT Street R. These come in the form of black carbon-fibre wheels – 265/35 R20 up front and 325/30 R21 at the rear.
Inside, the tweaking continues along the yellow and black theme of the exterior, with the yellow taking on a more subtle flavour, being used mainly for seat and mat piping and a few pops of colour (like at 12-o’clock on the steering wheel) to break up the charcoal and black. Seat piping reflects the piping on the body-kit to the front and rear of the GT Street R. The race-style chequered flag design on the Alcantara seats is a subtle and nice touch which is also mirrored on the dashboard and steering wheel. Leather, carbon-fibre and the ubiquitous Alcantara provides the materials for this attractive race-bred interior. In nature, yellow and black is a warning sign to keep away; here TechArt has taken thus cue to give the Porsche a kind of old-school mean machine look and feel.
As I hinted at earlier, uprating a car like the Porsche 911 Turbo S is never going to make a night and day comparison, and indeed while the GT Street R will improve the 0-60mph it can only be slightly: no figures are available as I write, but how much better can you get on a time of 2.7 seconds? Top speed has improved slightly too, with a jump from 205mph to 217mph.
TechArt will be asking for $87,000 to spin some magic and turn a Turbo S into a GT Street R. If you decide it’s worth it, you will own one of just 87 such models – and you will certainly get noticed.
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