Production of Porsche 993-based Gunther Werks 400R modern classic starts

Article by Christian A., on July 5, 2018

The 993 generation of the Porsche 911 (Porsche 993) is already considered as an icon. Gunther Werks, a company from Southern California, has dedicated itself into re-mastering this icon by embedding modern technologies and features. Its Gunther Werks 400R is seen as a modern yet classic masterpiece, and the company has already commenced the limited production run of this bespoke 993 conversion.

The Gunther Werks 400R is essentially a high-performance, bespoke vehicle that pays tribute to the naturally aspirated Porsche 993. Featuring both the silhouette and soul of the classic 993, the 400R is lighter yet stronger and more rigid than the original model. This is thanks to the use of carbon-fiber composite for the body panels, roof, deck lid and spoiler.

Gunther Werks ultimately decided to limit the production run of the 400R to 25 examples. However, each example is completely bespoke. Providing their own 993 as a base, customers could choose from a limitless palette of exterior finishes and even personalize the interior according to whims, choosing their choice of colors, patterns and materials. Even the suspension setup could be configured to the preferences of each Gunther Werks client. As Gunther Werks founder Peter Nam puts it, each 400R is tailored to its owner like a handmade suit.

Each Gunther Werks 400R customer car is hand-assembled by more than 45 employees at the company’s base in Southern California. Gunther Werks takes pride of the fact that its production has 30 years of expertise in building Porsche engines, 20 years of knowledge in suspension tuning as well as over 15 years of experience in carbon fiber and composite.

Powering each 400R is naturally aspirated 4.0-liter engine assembled by Jeff Gamroth of Rothsport Racing, an Oregon-based engine builder boasting of over 30 years of Porsche building and racing experience. Each engine is hand-built and dyno tested to verify its power output and torque. Just like its car’s name indicates, the engine could deliver more than 400 hp of output and 330 lb.-ft. of torque, with a redline of 7800 rpm.

Power is sent to the rear wheels through rebuilt Getrag G50 transmission of the Porsche 993. Featuring brand-new components, the reborn Getrag G50 boast of completely bespoke custom ratios that offers a superb balance between performance, refinement and touring. The transmission features an upgraded shift linkage, uprated single-plate clutch, a single mass mid-weight flywheel and a new differential with carbon clutches.

Weighing just 2,700 lbs, the 400R makes use of custom valve JRZ coilovers as well as a number of tailor-made suspension components, helping widen the front and rear tracks by over six inches. The new 400R also employs lightweight equal=length stainless steel headers featuring stainless steel rear silencer of the 997 GT3 with Gunther Werks’ bespoke tips.

Gunther Werks expects to deliver the first three examples of the 400R in the third quarter of 2018. More examples will be delivered by the end of the year as the company ramps up its production.

Press Release

Limited Edition Gunther Werks 400R Enters Production

Gunther Werks, a company dedicated to remastering the iconic Porsche® 993, today announced production of its bespoke 400R vehicles has begun at the company’s Southern California facility. The first three vehicles will be delivered in Q3 of 2018 with additional cars being delivered by year’s end as production ramps up.

More than 45 employees work diligently to assemble each Gunther Werks 400R by hand, including some of the leading Porsche experts in the world. The production team boasts more than 15 years of carbon fiber and composite experience, 30 years of Porsche engine building mastery and 20 years of suspension tuning knowledge.

“We’ve completed final testing and are extremely excited to deliver our clients their 400R conversions,” said Peter Nam, Founder of Gunther Werks. “Like a handmade suit, each vehicle is tailored to its owner. From the interior and exterior combinations, to the suspension dampening, these vehicles are built to match each customer’s wants and needs.”

Each 993 that comes in for a 400R conversion is fully disassembled down to the frame and inspected. Once the initial inspection is completed the frame is media blasted and primered. Gunther Werks then installs the custom carbon fiber panels that create the distinctive sculpted body of the 2,700 pound 400R. Custom valved JRZ coilovers and a number of tailor-made suspension components are installed. These modifications increase the front and rear track width by over six inches, creating a 63 inch square track inspired by many iconic Porsche race cars.

Rothsport Racing’s Jeff Gamroth, an acclaimed Oregon-based engine builder with more than 30 years of Porsche building and racing experience, creates the heart of each 400R by assembling and dyno testing each naturally aspirated 4.0-liter power plant while creating bespoke gear ratios for the six-speed transmission. Each motor produces more than 400 horsepower with an astonishing 7,800rpm redline.

“Working with Gunther Werks has allowed me the opportunity to build what I believe is the ultimate naturally aspirated Porsche motor,” said Jeff Gamroth, Owner of Rothsport Racing. “There is no expense spared when it comes to these motors and I take pride in building each one with the knowledge that some of the most discerning collectors in the world will enjoy them on the street and the racetrack for years to come.”

Each customer car is completely bespoke from the exterior color to the stitching on the steering wheel, there are no “standard options” when it comes to the 400R. Paint options are limitless and can be selected to match anything from customer’s favorite watch dial to their child’s eye color. Interior options are no different, as there are endless amounts of materials, patterns and color to satisfy even the most unique desires of Gunther Werk’s selective clientele.

“I wanted to add something unique to my collection where I could be involved in the design process from start to finish,” said a prominent car collector and Gunther Werks customer known as @Dan_am_i on Instagram. “The fact that only 25 will be built and each one is guaranteed to be unique really piqued my interest. Once I met the team and saw the facility firsthand I knew I was making the right decision. My 400R will be something special, so keep your eyes open for the debut.”

Source: Gunther Werks

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