Matt Prior: why I dislike the new Porsche 935


Which is why it costs an absurd £750,000 after tax and they’re only going to make 77 of them, thus creating the worst kind of awful please-sir-me-sir consumptive bunfight among billionaire collectors apparently desperate to part with their money; the kind of awfulness that defines so much of what’s wrong with the world today.

None of that, though, is the fault of the car: it’s just a car. A cool-looking, fast car that is likely terrific to drive.

Not that anyone will ever know. Because it’s not a race car. Worse, it’s not a road car, either, and unlike some of those other gauche recreations, I doubt you’d get it through individual vehicle approval either, owing to the lack of headlights and all that.

Still, a regular 911 GT2 RS isn’t much of a road car either. Sure, you can use it to get from your house to a race circuit , and drive it quickly on the autobahn, and get a bit of feel out of the steering, but so ludicrous are its capabilities that you’ll never need its 690bhp performance on the road. It, and this, are track cars.

Yet the new 935 doesn’t even have any more power or capability than the GT2 RS. For £750,000, they can’t even be bothered to turn up the wick on the 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged flat six, because that would require too much effort, despite the fact that this project will be worth about £50 million in revenue.

Yes, the car will be beautifully put together, but they are taking the mickey. And yet they have the nerve, the audacity, the temerity, to label it as a ‘clubsport race car’, and a ‘single-seater near-standard non-homologated race car’, when it is actually no such thing.

But so what? What do I care? I’m not going to buy one anyway, and wouldn’t if I could. So what’s it got to do with me? Just appreciate it for what it is. It is, after all, just a car. Like it for being that. For being a 911 GT2 RS+ in Martini livery.

The feeling I can’t shift is that, for all that, there’s a cynicism to this project. The ambitious, celebrative customer limited-edition car I really want Porsche to make is a road-going 919 Evo.

And both sides of me agree with that.

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