words by pablo deferrari
"...its visual impact rivaled that of the 928's introduction back in 1977."
Power came from a complete 3.3 liter intercooled 300hp 930 drive train, and although it was untouched, the R39 would prove to be faster than the factory's 930 because it was about 400kg lighter thanks to the composite components replacing metal in certain areas; 0-100kph in just under 5 seconds and a top speed of 275kph.
And while it may be chastised by purists of either side of Stuttgart's flagships, it's still a historically significant car. They may also too quickly forget that Porsche offered a Sonderwunsch version of the Flachbau 1994 Turbo S looking very similar to Rinspeed's version done a decade earlier. The one we're seeing here done in black over red is a 1984 vintage offered at €42,500 (USD$58,110).
That's a bargain considering the rarity of this machine and the fact that it was the object of desire on many a kid's wall...it should at least be worth twice as much. All the more reason why you should acquire one now before others catch on.