The Gunther Werks is a half-million-dollar vision of the ultimate air-cooled Porsche 911
Updated: Jul 31, 2020
Why make yet another Porsche 911-based recreation? To quote Amjad Ali, Sales and Technical Director of Gunther Werks, “This is the ultimate version of the ultimate air-cooled Porsche.”
“This” is the Gunther Werks. What Emory Outlaws are to the 356 and Singer is to the 964, Gunther Werks is to the 993-Series Carrera. As is customary in this corner of the tuning world, nearly everything on the car is modified. Gunther Werks first showed the 400R at this year’s Quail Lodge Motorsports gathering, where it announced a limited run of 25 cars. We met up with Ali and took a closer look at the car during the 2017 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show.
Gunther Werks is an offshoot of Vorsteiner, which specializes in carbon-fiber bodywork for European cars. True to the company’s expertise, every body panel on the 400R is molded in carbon fiber except for the doors, which are kept stock to retain the original side impact structure.
The 400R looks comically wide in person (we mean that in a good way), with a 63-inch track front and rear. That’s 2.3 inches wider that the front track on the current 911 Turbo. Ali explains that such a stretch wasn’t actually that difficult, as all 993-generation cars have a second set of suspension mounts, outboard of the stock location that was used for racing variants. All of the rubber in the suspension is removed, which should offer some combination of direct handling….