One of the most prolific Porsche tuners has a deep back catalog.
When it comes to Porsche-based tuning houses, TECHART Automobildesign GmbH is a relative newcomer. Thomas Behringer and Matthias Krauss founded the company in Leonberg, Germany, in 1987, and its first product was a body kit for the Porsche 928. It's taken years of dedication, some first-class racing results, and winning over the critics to get to where the company is now.
Techart is considered one of the best tuners in Europe and has become a worldwide concern. Its core business is "individualization," using an extremely high engineering level in every aspect of the car. Over the years, the company has put out some incredible tuned Porsches, and these are the highlights from the prolific tuning house.
Techart expanded quickly through the 1990s into performance tuning as well as design. The first big statement melding the two together was the CT3 program for the 911 Carrera. The 993 generation of 911 Carrera came with a naturally aspirated 3.6 liter flat-six engine making 292 horsepower and weighing 3,020 lb. TechArt added a supercharger and cranked the horsepower up to around 460 hp, added aggressive aerodynamics, and dropped the weight using then cutting-edge techniques like carbon Kevlar material for the door panels.
One of the most stunning goodbyes to the 997 generation 911 came from TechArt. The GT2 RS delivered 612 hp with 516 lb-ft of torque and had track devastating levels of grip and handling from the factory. TechArt took the GT2 RS by the scruff of the neck and gave it bigger turbos for the flat-six engine, and an output of 711 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. Techart also added 3.2 inches of extra track on the front and 4 inches at the back and, amongst other things, perched a new 55-inch carbon-fiber wing on the back.
To show that TechArt isn't just about taking a Porsche and go faster, and showed that by making a Panamera Sport Turismo a show-stopping interior on top a power upgrade. TechArt cranked the power from 550 hp to 640 hp and added a TechArt sport exhaust system with titanium and carbon-fiber tailpipes. The inside was handed over to teacart's specialists, and they slathered the interior with un-embossed Nappa leather to a breathtaking standard. There are some incredible details inside, including handcrafted and multi-color stitched and customized leather on the steering wheel.
One of the most recent TechArt cars that we've fallen in love with is the GTStreet RS. It's based on a Porsche 911 Turbo S, which comes from the factory with 580 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. However, the GTStreet RS uses a newly developed VTG turbocharger to make an inspiring 770 hp and 678 lb-ft of torque. It'll hit 62 mph in Sport Plus mode in just 2.5 seconds, but it's not just the engine that TechArt has gone nuts with. They've developed a carbon fiber body kit that includes an active front spoiler lip, and it features a carbon-fiber hood and 20-inch forged wheels.
In 2007, TechArt started a program for the Porsche Carrera GT. The company left the suspension alone and concentrated on aerodynamics, style, and the interior. Exposed carbon fiber was used to create new bodywork, including an aggressive one-piece spoiler lip that helps stability at high speed. TechArt also worked on the rear end for some added downforce and added its stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system to the 5.7-liter V10 engine. A new intake was also installed, giving the Carrera GT a power bump from 612 hp to 635 hp.
Inside, TechArt created a new ergonomically shaped steering wheel with a leather and carbon-fiber trim and an exposed carbon fiber shifter.
When Porsche put the Cayenne Turbo into production in 2002, it divided car enthusiasts. The idea of a Porsche SUV was blasphemy for many, but others realized it was critical to Porsche's survival as a brand. TechArt was brave enough to embrace the Cayenne and went all-in on the Turbo model. We're not sure we would agree it's an "elegantly styled body styling kit," but it certainly made a statement. The bodywork was also practical and designed to reduce lift at the front and increase downforce at the rear. TechArt also worked on the 4.5-liter V8 engine, giving it 508 ft-lb of torque at lower revs and cranking the horsepower from 450 to 510.
In 2001, TechArt released a car that fully embraced the Fast And Furious era. The widebody kit and front and rear axles make the Boxster S 3.1 inches wider than stock, and the new bodywork features enlarged air ducts. At the front, the new fascia improves air-flow to the brakes and reduces lift, while the new rear spoiler puts more pressure on the rear tires at speed. A set of wide three-piece TechArt Champion five-spoke wheels and new adjustable suspension that lowers the Boxster S by 20-35 millimeters completes the package.
The current Porsche 911 Carrera S is a fantastic piece of kit, but TechArt got straight to work in tuning it. Customers opting for an OPF-delete and can live with the emissions filters can get their car back with 523 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. With the Sport Chrono package fitted, the TechArt version will tackle the 0-62mph sprint in just 3.1 seconds. TechArt's ECU tune also works with Porsche's drive modes. Normal mode delivers the same fuel economy and performance as the factory tune, while Sport and Sport Plus turn everything up accordingly.
Of course, the Carrera S package isn't just about more power. TechArt has developed a new rear wing and aggressive diffuser, a five-piece front splitter to aid aerodynamics. For wheels, there's plenty of choice from understated to obnoxious. Inside, the interior refurbishment is comprehensive and includes leather and wool materials, a new steering wheel, aluminum pedals, and carbon-fiber door sills with illumination.
Techart has a history with Porsche Cabriolets, but the current Carrera 4S Cabriolet is a work of art. Not only does it look gorgeous, but it has a power bump of 79 hp up to 523, and the titanium exhaust is a technological dream for engine audiophiles. A dynamic sound management setup lets the driver choose the engine note and level using the 911's mode adjuster, and then it adapts itself to how the car is driven.
In 2017, TechArt celebrated its 30th anniversary with its Cayenne Magnum Sport special edition version. Disappointingly for many, the special edition had a few badges, and that was about it. However, we don't think it matters as the Cayenne Magnum Sport is a fire-breather with or without the badges. Under the hood is 720 hp and a muscular look to go with it. The three-part front splitter includes additional winglets inside the substantial air intakes, and the lower new front apron design and splitter exaggerate the low-slung look. The inside is slathered in leather and Alcantara and features lacquered carbon fiber accents and elements. Even the instrument and Sport Chrono gauge dials have been touched up and show off elaborate colored decorative stitching.