In this week’s episode of TFL Leaderboard Hot or Not, Paul Gerrard and Roman Mica hit the track find out if a tuned 2002 Porsche 911 Turbo is hot or not.
Sounds a bit like a moot question, doesn’t it? I mean, it’s a Porsche 911 Turbo. How can it not be hot? Before you answer, remember that this is a 996, the first of the water-cooled 911s and one of the most maligned, with its droopy headlights shared with the entry-level Boxster to save on production costs. And did I mention it’s water-cooled? in 2016 that seems obvious, but back then the sheer notion of a water-cooled 911 was the ultimate in blasphemy.
However, this is no ordinary 911 Turbo. It’s a specially tuned 911 Turbo, one that makes 455 horsepower at the rear wheel and 540 lb-ft of torque. It also has front and rear anti-sway bars and super-sticky Toyo tires.
The car is owned by Harvy Epstein from The Boost Creep, who also made the modifications. If that sounds familiar, he and his shop was featured in episode three of the Hellcat VS. series when the Challenger was put on the dyno.
As usual, the 911 will be flogged around the track by Paul, while Roman will drive the car for a week to see what it’s like to live with it. So is the 2002 Porsche 911 Turbo, radiator and all, hot or not? Check out the full video above to see what Paul and Roman thought, and start the conversation in the comments below.