The Porsche 997 – second generation of the water-cooled engines and the most commercially successful 911 platform of all time. Part of its success is owed to the return to circular headlights reminiscent of pre-996 Porsche 911s and the introduction of the company’s then-new “PDK” dual clutch transmission.
The 997 was available in various models, and the list includes – Carrera, Carrera S, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa 4, Targa 4S, Turbo, Turbo S, with each version also made available as a cabriolet. Then there were the higher performance models – GT2, GT3, GT3 RS, and the ultimate models – the GT3 RS 4.0 and GT2 RS. Towards the end of its production, Porsche released several special edition models, which were the Carrera GTS & Carrera 4 GTS (in both coupe and cabriolet), Sport Classic, and Speedster.
Autofuture Design’s own Porsche is a Carrera S model. With its 3.8-liter boxer 6-cylinder producing 355hp @ 6,600rpm and 400Nm of torque @ 4,600rpm from factory, the Carrera S is able to hit 100kmh from zero in 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 303kmh. The first step for the build is to get the stance right. Autofuture selected 20-inch BBS CH-R wheels in black finish to contrast with the Porsche’s white colour, and to get it sitting properly meant using the right suspension setup.
The solution was none other than Bilstein’s B8 Damptronic kit. This kit is specially engineered to work with Porsche’s PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) system, which offers continuous adjustment of the damping force for each wheel separately in accordance to the road condition and driving style. These shocks are used in combination with H&R springs and H&R anti-roll bars for the best uncompromising sports performance with the ease of everyday driving.
After sorting out the wheels, next on the agenda is the appearance. The entire car was given a facelift to the 997 Gen II model, consisting of the front, rear, and side pieces. This was a necessary step the Porsche was going to be dress up in a complete TechArt Aerokit. Each piece is developed and designed using modelbuilding, CAD (Computer Aided Design) and the wind tunnel to deliver a kit which not only looks stylish but adds aerodynamic value to the lines of the car as well. The complete kit includes the front spoiler, front air dam, air channel trim and air vents, side skirts, rear skirt, and type 3 rear wing.
As mentioned earlier, the car’s performance is sufficient enough to get the adrenaline pumping, so for the final piece of the puzzle a TechArt exhaust is installed. The specially developed sports exhaust provides an enhanced sound experience which invigorates the note of the flat-6 engine and invites you to a thrilling ride on the highway.
Car: Porsche 997 Carrera S
Engine: 3.8-liter boxer 6-cylinder, TechArt exhaust
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Chassis & Handling: Bilstein B8 Damptronic with PASM, H&R springs, H&R anti-roll bar
Wheels & Tyres: 20-inch BBS CH-R, Michelin Super Sport 235/30/ZR20 (F) 305/25/ZR20 (R)
Exterior: TechArt front spoiler, TechArt front air dam, air channel trim and air vents, TechArt side skirts, TechArt rear skirt, TechArt type 3 rear wing, facelift consist of front, rear, side mirrors
Garage: Autofuture Design (03-7722 2880)
Words: Sean Eu
Photos: Kenny Yeoh