You possibly can in all probability throw a moist paper towel at a wall of optimistic adjectives and have it follow one thing which precisely describes the Porsche model. Exhilarating, evolutionary and potent are just a few that come to thoughts.
The organisers of Japan’s Thrilling Porsche occasion have saved issues easy with its title, not like the nomenclature of the assorted 911 fashions, none of which I can ever bear in mind. They’re all 911s to me, simply quick ones, gradual ones, vibrant ones, spherical ones or pointy ones. As soon as you may bear in mind your 964s and 993s, you’re midway there. The 2 most necessary letters to comply with are arduous to overlook: RS.
Within the Porsche world, ‘RS’ stands for Rennsport, which implies racing in German. The primary 911 to put on the badge was the RS 2.7, a homologation mannequin that allowed Porsche to enter occasions like Sebring, Daytona and Le Mans via the Nineteen Seventies and ’80s.
However because it turned out, the RS 2.7 was additionally fairly enjoyable to drive on the highway. Porsche solely deliberate on making 500 of them, however the public wished extra. In whole, 1,580 automobiles had been produced.
The RS title went from energy to energy, and has continued to outline the ‘race automobile for the highway’ variants in Porsche’s 911 line up. Proper as much as the present GT3 RS which positively is, to make use of my earlier adjective, potent.
It’s the fiftieth anniversary of RS 911s this yr, and to mark the event Thrilling Porsche assembled numerous Rennsport automobiles. Oddly, they weren’t actually in a outstanding place; in case you had been simply passing by you in all probability wouldn’t spot them. However perhaps it’s like understanding all of the mannequin numbers; you need to know what you’re trying at to be able to inform them aside.
I don’t bear in mind seeing many 924s or 944s the final time I attended this occasion again in 2020, however for 2023 there have been fairly just a few of the front-engined automobiles on show. I really like how elegant and grown up they appear in comparison with the loutish 911.
Talking of elegant, the Yokohama Purple Bricks Warehouse location on the Yokohama Port actually is a good place for a spot of brunch and a espresso.
Notable by their absence had been RWB automobiles, with only one instance noticed. Nonetheless, there have been loads of uncommon, customized and distinctive takes on the 911 silhouette, and I’ll be placing the standouts collectively in a comply with up put up, so look out for that.
Reality be advised, nobody has ever been type sufficient – or maybe momentarily discombobulated sufficient – to throw me the keys to a Porsche 911, so I can solely take an informed guess at what they’re prefer to drive. Thrilling I’m positive. Though that does appear to be an understatement. Ready for some cozy new socks to reach within the put up has a sure stage of pleasure, so how far more thrilling than that’s being behind the wheel of a 911? Be happy to drop some extra adjectives within the feedback. Firsthand experiences solely, please.
I’ve photographed my fair proportion of 911s on monitor and on roads each city and mountainous, and one factor I can say although, is that even when I’m not behind the wheel, these automobiles excite me. And so did Thrilling Porsche 2023, therefore why you will discover a lot extra pictures within the bonus chapter beneath.