Tuthill Porsche was undoubtedly a hot topic on the manicured lawns of Pebble Beach thanks to its incredible 911K project. Fresh from confirmation of an 11,000rpm, 856kg 911 comes this, the 993-era 911 inspired by the Group B SC/RS. The Rothmans 911 rally car, if you didn’t know - an auspicious start for any restomod Porsche.
That decision was an easy one for Tuthill, as the Group B programme was the first Porsche rallying program that the company was involved with. What better era to celebrate? That said, this SCRS is no bare-bones road racer in the mould of the 911K. Richard Tuthill suggests that it’s a car “for long road trips, to be enjoyed in comfort, but with an early feel.” He added: “This is the car to drive 500km a day without fatigue, but one should also be able to charge down a country road with the same sense of lightness one would normally associate with earlier Porsche 911s.” Which sounds like a formidable combination of talents, especially when brought together by the firm that bears his name.
To achieve it, the SCRS build takes a standard 3.6-litre 964 Carrera and upgrades it to 3.8-litres. Though outputs haven’t yet been confirmed, a bespoke ‘high butterfly intake system’ should at least ensure this 911 sounds the part. Power reaches the road via a six-speed G50 gearbox.
Additional changes - beyond the new panels for a 930-esque look - include bespoke 16-inch wheels, Tuthill calipers and two-way adjustable dampers ‘set for A roads’. The press release adds that the SCRS gets ‘993 running gear setup, to create a unique driving experience’, but doesn’t provide any further detail.
And take a look inside. You’d be more than happy doing 500 clicks here, the later 993 cabin looking more accommodating than earlier cars and every surface beautifully upholstered. Tuthill says the inspiration for the interior has been taken from the 3.2 Club Sport of the late 80s; it’s pretty bare by modern standards, with door cards only there for doorhandles and storage in place of rear seats, but what more do you need than a wheel, pedals, leather bucket seats and a Bluetooth stereo?
Tuthill is making just 15 of these SCRS 911s; given its press release already features quotes from satisfied customers, best move fast if you matched six numbers last night and really want one. And bear in mind that a manual 993 Carrera coupe of any stripe will cost £50k, just for starters. So a Tuthill SCRS won’t come cheap. Best cars never did, though.
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