1,100 HP 997 Porsche 911 Turbo with a Manual Ties 918 Spyder with 9.7s 1/4-Mile

These days, it seems like every 911 wants to take a shot at competing with the all-mighty 918 Spyder. And now that we've seen the 2018 GT2 RS setting a Nurburgring production lap record that places it a full ten seconds below that delivered by the hybrid hypercar five years ago, it's time to turn to the tuning realm for a new adventure of the sort.
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However, before going any further we need to mention that we're dropping these comparisons solely for the entertainment purpose, as it's obvious that actually throwing a Neunelfer and a 918 into a comparison is apple-to-orange business.

Returning the 911 part of the story, we're here to show you a 997 incarnation of the Turbo that can tie the Zuffenhausen halo car in the quarter-mile.

The Porscha we have here recently visited the drag strip, with the machine managing to complete the 1,320 feet sprint in 9.76 seconds at 157 mph. It's worth noting that the blistering run we're talking about delivered a new record for six-speed 997 Porschas.

Now, those numbers are the kind that could make your jaw drop on their own, but the tale of the car also packs other impressive bits.

We're not even talking about the output of the thing, which, by the way, has recently been dynoed at 1,000 hp - this is the value at the wheels, hence the crank horsepower approximation in the title above.

Instead, the most interesting part of the story, at least in our book, comes from the fact that we're looking at a machine packing a six-speed manual.

Sure, the clutch is far from stock, but this still means that the driver must work his way through the take-off phase. In fact, if you pay attention to the soundtrack of the clip that documents the said run, you'll notice how delicate the launch balance can get.

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In his quest to bring you the most impressive automotive creations, Andrei relies on learning as a superpower. There's quite a bit of room in the garage that is this aficionado's heart, so factory-condition classics and widebody contraptions with turbos poking through the hood can peacefully coexist.
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