Driving at a brisk pace in classic 911 style, braking in straight lines, tucking the nose in while applying power to keep the revs above 4000 rpm along winding country roads in Hong Kong's New Territories, the Speedster feels precise, faithful, predictable, and confident. It's been a long time since I've driven a 911 that felt so alive, seemingly able to tap into my subconscious so completely. And while I didn't fully explore its performance on public roads, I left with the impression that I'd be content to spend the rest of my life enjoying it at 8/10ths.
Yeung agrees. He isn't a collector, but an enthusiast who loves driving his cars, which also include an '07 GT3 and a '97 F355 Spider (among others). But he's quick to confess: "I adore my cars. I'm fortunate to have them-especially my Speedster-but none are garage queens and I don't mind putting miles on them. Some of our friends think my wife and I are crazy to drive sports cars as daily commuters, but we believe they're built to be driven and look best on the road."
And while he'll never sell his beloved Sonderwunsch Speedster, you can still get your own. Spark Models has produced a 1:43 scale model available in its Porsche line that you can purchase from any high quality model shop or at sparkmodel.com
Better, Kevin Yeung and Spark Models will give away two 1:43 replicas of this exact 964 Sonderwunsch Speedster along with another Porsche model from Spark's line to the two ec readers who submit the two best letters regarding this article.
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Longitudinal rear engine, rear-wheel drive
3.6-liter aircooled flat six, dohc, 12-valve
Five-speed manual, modified gear ratios (1-3)
Front: Independent MacPherson struts, coil springs, Bilstein telescopic dampers, antiroll bar
Rear: Independent, semi-trailing arms, coil springs, Bilstein telescopic dampers, antiroll bar
Front: Four-piston calipers, 322mm cross-drilled and ventilated rotors
Rear: Four-piston calipers, 299mm cross-drilled and ventilated rotors
Wheels and Tires
Aluminum Cup alloys, 7.5x17 (f), 9x17 (r)Yokohama Advan Neova, 205/50 (f), 225/40 (r)
964 RS bonnet and doors, hand-fabricated front fenders
Peak Power: 260 hp @ 6100 rpm
Peak Torque: 232 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm