A limited-edition, bespoke Porsche 911 has been revealed by established independent Porsche specialist Paul Stephens and I think it’s as beautiful as seeing your fiancee in a wedding dress for the first time.
It’s called the Le Mans Classic Clubsport and it’s priced at around £250,000 (approx. RM1.3 million) but may rise depending on the final specification.
Based on an original 911 body tub, it was restored before its conversion into a Clubsport model. Available in the more forgiving Touring spec or a raw Lightweight edition featuring lightweight roof panels, side mirrors, bumpers and bonnet, just 10 of these hand-finished models will be available – to mark the 10th edition of the Classic Le Mans event.
The Le Mans Classic Clubsport gets 304 hp of thrust from the back, wherein lies a 3.4-litre air-cooled flat-six which itself has gone through some significant upgrades.
The list includes individual throttle bodies, GT3 RS plenum, RS specification camshafts, a lightened and balanced crankshaft, lightweight conrods, a lightweight flywheel mated to a 5-speed Getrag G50 gearbox with a limited slip differential.
With a kerb weight as low as 970 kg in Lightweight specification (1,075 kg in Clubsport guise), 0 to 100 km/h takes just 4.4 seconds before it hits a top speed of 282 km/h.
Arguably, you can get to 100 km/h a lot quicker in cars with the same asking price but this car is not about the numbers. You’re paying for the privilege to stand out from those who are already trying to be different and the rewards are from the journey and not at the destination.
Each of the ten editions are completed with a specially-commissioned Le Mans Classic luggage set and hand-painted Le Mans Classic bodywork detailing.