The Gunther Werks 400R has been around for a while now. However, it’s only recently made the rounds to various automotive journalists and YouTubers. As a result, we know know a whole lot more about this über 993 and wanted to share with you what we’ve learned. Each video below has a slightly different feel and provides different info. Between them you’ll learn all there is to know about the GT3 RS like 993 people are saying Porsche should have built themselves.
With a Rothsport Racing engine producing 430 horsepower, this flat-six produces as much naturally aspirated power as the 993 GT2 made with forced induction. Not only that, but the engine revs to the moon, and it’s stuck in a mostly carbon-fiber body weighing just 2671 pounds. Gunther Werks, then, has gone above and beyond anything Porsche ever did for a road-going car of the same era. This is like a 993 RS 3.8 that’s been kicked up a notch, or twelve.
Gunther Werks claim that they start with a 993 and then strip it down to bare bones. Nothing is left behind from the original car, except the base chassis and the doors. Everything else has either been replaced with brand new components, or replicated in carbon fiber. Even the roof panel is crafted of bonded-in pre-preg carbon fiber reinforced plastics. This allows the 993 chassis, fully dressed, to weigh something like four-hundred pounds less than it would have in the late 1990s – A 1997 993 Carrera 2 is quoted at with a curb weight of 3075.5 pounds.
The parent company of Gunther Werks, Vorsteiner, is traditionally known for making body components and wheels, but this is their first real foray into building a full car. The 400R is limited to just 25 units, each one bearing unique paint work, choice of wheels, decklid, interior, and more. Sadly, all of these cars have already been spoken for, but if you are one of the lucky few to have purchased this carbon wonder for a mega $600,000 price tag, you now have an exceptional modified Porsche.
In the above video, you can check out Matt Farah driving the 400R in his “One Take” series. It’s pretty easy to tell from the smile on his face, and the blatant “this is awesome” vibe, that Matt really likes the Gunther Werks 400R.
The above video from /Drive shows the Gunther Werks 400R in all its glory. While Will Sabel Courtney gets the opportunity to drive the 400R for a bit, the folks from Vorsteiner explain how the Porsche was changed from its stock form, including much wider and stickier rubber set up in a much more square stance. The front arches have been seriously pushed out to help the new 60-inch track do its thing in providing a more neutral handling balance. There isn’t really any new information about the car in /Drive’s video, as compared to Matt’s, but it’s a higher level of production quality, and shows a bit of the production facility where they are made.
And, since you’ve seen Matt’s “One Take” on this modified Porsche, here’s a video where you can just listen to him drive it for a while. That flat-six engine really likes the higher revs, and it sounds like music to our ears.
What’s your take on the Gunther Werks 400R? Would you pay the $600,000 price for a unique 993, or would you rather spend that money on something like a Singer?