As technology whisks us kicking and screaming into a world of autonomous cars and 3D-printed pizza, there’s something satisfying about stepping off the conveyor belt and indulging in objects of the past. Teasing a crumbling cork out of a bottle of Cabernet Franc, for instance, despite screw-tops keeping your tipple just as fresh and fungus-free, is oddly reassuring. And you only need to flick through today’s adverts, to see the market for biblically expensive watches, driven by intricate mechanical movements, is booming – even though we all have a smartphone in our pocket that tells us the time more accurately.
The 911R, the latest unicorn to emerge from Porsche’s GT department, is infused with that same sense of reverse engineering. It’s a traditional idea brought up to date by modern tech – so has an allure that’s more than the sum of its parts. It’s an enthusiast’s fantasy, a collection of components and styling cues designed to push our buttons and get us all frothy before we’ve even found out if it’s any good to drive. Not convinced? Try reading the next few paragraphs without drifting off and lusting after one of the 991 already-sold-out examples Porsche is planning to produce.
Images: Richard Pardon & Jamie Lipman
This feature was originally published in issue 284 of Top Gear magazine