For over 50 years, the hands and minds behind Porsche have been tuning and tweaking the 911, all working to fulfill Ferdinand Porsche’s vision of the ultimate sports car. During this time span, Porsche has stuck to mounting the engine in the rear and keeping the 911′s historical design elements in precise German lines. For most companies, improving upon decades of Porsche’s R&D in any aspect is too monumental a challenge – but not for TECHART.
TECHART has been tuning cars from Porsche since 1987 and they’ve certainly come a long way since then. With in-house R&D facilities for aerodynamics, exterior, and interior components, TECHART offers programs to individualize whatever Porsche your German heart may desire. Now, with the Geneva Auto Show only a few weeks away, TECHART has premiered their new program for the 991 in stunning fashion.
Spectacular lighting aside, the first thing you notice about the TECHART Porsche 911 is that it has been finished in a saturated Emerald Green paint. A hue that has been draped on racing Porsches since the ’70′s, Emerald Green has a way of polarizing Stuttgart’s finest machinery in the same way that Rosso Corsa and Giallo have done for Ferrari and Lamborghini respectively.
First up on the modifications list is a TECHART Racing Exhaust system with valve control and dual center-exit tailpipes, a reference to Porsche RSR models. This exhaust system will be offered across the 911 range and is available in a black chrome or polished finish. Personally, we’d have the black chrome as it keeps uniform with the subtle rear diffuser.
But perhaps the more interesting aspect of the upgraded exhaust is that the “acoustic performance is controlled by a sport button on the centre console”. When pressed, the sport button opens a number of valves in the exhaust system and makes the “911 Carrera 4S clearly more sonorous and throaty”. If you’ve purchased a 911 and are putting it through TECHART’s program, you’re clearly not worried about raising a few eyebrows and turning a few heads, right?
Moving forward, TECHART’s 991 program also includes your choice of upgraded front bumpers with integrated splitters and an array of three rear bumper setups (variant two + TECHART diffuser shown in the pictures). Below top speed, the revised aero pieces work to generate an additional 38.5lbs downforce on the rear wheels, but when you go blasting on the autobahn, the combined downforce generated is over 167lbs!
Yet, perhaps the coolest aero piece TECHART has to offer for the 991 program involves hydraulics. At the touch of yet another button on the center console, your car will slam itself to the ground for the ultimate hellaflush stance. Just kidding. When the TECHART Noselift System is engaged, hydraulic actuators raise the car 60mm higher – for all those pesky speed bumps. Over 37mph, the system will automatically lower the car to its regular stance. I mean height.
It has to be said that a key part of any individualization program offered by any tuner is the interior and TECHART keeps everything complementary in the Carrera 4S. Green contrast stitching and paddle shifters in a matte black finish with green symbols is just the tip of the interior iceberg.
The glossy black on Emerald Green contrast works so well for some reason.
Most likely more for show than performance, TECHART’s forged Formula III 5-twin spoke wheels make an appearance on this mode – albeit in 21 inch sizing. While the wheels themselves don’t look bad, we say go down a few inches in size for some meatier tires and much less unsprung weight. The fact that you can even fit 21′s on a 911 these days is a real testament to how the car has physically grown with time.
With the door open, you can really see how far the interior customizations go and the proficiency of TECHART’s in-house technicians. Contrasting Emerald Green door sills, back rests, and stitching on the door panels fill the entire car and lets not forget the Sport Chrono dials in black/green.
It’s really too bad “Black and Emerald Green” doesn’t roll off the tongue like “Black and Yellow” do. We can’t wait to see more of this car at the Geneva Auto Show!