The first example of the breed is enhanced with an all-new Borg-Warner turbocharging system that integrates the wastegates with titanium heat shields. This engineering trick helps with squeezing more power out from the 2,847 cc twin-fed flat-six. Hence, power goes seriously up from the factory-spec 444 horsepower (450 PS) and 370 lb-ft (501 Nm) of oomph.
In terms of get-up-and-go, the original 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) run of 3.6 seconds has been reduced to a mind-boggling 2.4 seconds. To put that into perspective, the current-generation of the Porsche 911 Turbo S hits 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, while the Porsche 918 Spyder can do it in 2.5.
Other noteworthy mods include titanium coilovers for the 959 Sport-spec suspension, an upgraded fuel system, ignition system, clutch assembly, modern high-performance tires, and a rowdier exhaust. Don’t, however, think that this is a racing car. I mean, just look at the interior! Nearly everything is restored or made to resemble the original design.
As per the cited publication, Porsche 959 owners can upgrade their old timers to Canepa Gen III level after ponying up “a few hundred thousand bucks.”
“What’s the G gear on the gear lever?” That, dear reader is an excellent question. I’ll let the peeps at Canepa Motorsport talk you through it:
“The 959 had the first 6-speed transmission in a road car. The German government did not have a 'box' to check for 6-speed when they legalized the car for street use in Germany. So it became a 5-speed with a low first."
"Truth is that the G gear is really first gear and is necessary to pull away on any surface that isn't flat with the stock 450hp. It is good up to 31mph. This Gelände or Terrain gear only added to the myth that the 959 was designed from the outset as a rally car.” Fascinating stuff, isn't it?