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.