Here it is! After 5 long years, the team are able to introduce you to their latest creation, the 993R. Our fully bespoke build that is based on the last of the air-cooled 911s, the 993. To learn more about the car, head over to the 993R page or continue reading for the full press release.
“Take a 993 and make a 25 per cent improvement in every area” was the brief from our latest Autoart customer. Taking over five years to create – with a pandemic in the middle – and with several thousands of miles of road and track development under its belt, renowned UK-based Porsche specialist reveals its all-new, production Paul Stephens Autoart 993R.
The Autoart 993R is a statement to the joy of driving a 911. It combines a narrow-bodied, air-cooled 993-series 911 with Original Equipment (OE) race-validated 993RS and modern Porsche GT-derived components, along with Paul Stephens’ proven parts. With the rawness and charm of an air-cooled Porsche, yet modern engineering and lightweight manufacturing advances, the 993R offers technical function that enhances its performance, styling and overall driving experience.
Marking over 20 years since the development of the first Paul Stephens Autoart-converted Porsche 911 began, the 993R is Paul Stephens’ vision of the last air-cooled 911 and its finest endorsement to its ‘less is more’ philosophy to-date. Created in conjunction with a Porsche-enthused customer, who has driven and owned many Porsches, both air- and water-cooled, including road and racing derivatives from 1965 to the present day, the customer also had a clear understanding of his perfect daily 911.
Commenting on the 993R build and production specification, Paul Stephens Autoart founder and director, Paul Stephens, said: “The 964 platform, which we started converting in the early 2000s, has proved very popular with companies since, each wanting to re-engineer it into their interpretation of an earlier looking 911. We have never been a company to copy others and so felt the time was right to put our mark on the last air-cooled 911, the 993. We chose this model as it is the most advanced series of the air-cooled era and has a unique appearance that is still appreciated today.
“That’s why the 993R [to me] really pushes our years of air-cooled experience to the limit, from the engine, suspension, lightweight panels, to the car’s bespoke minimalist interior. The 993R isn’t a swansong, but I wanted it to be the ‘best of’ Autoart, all meeting or bettering the customer’s brief.
“More than any Paul Stephens Autoart-converted Porsche 911 to-date, the new 993R project expresses our ‘less is more’ philosophy to include many subtle details that will go unnoticed to the casual observer, yet hopefully will be appreciated by the most ardent 911 aficionados, who understand our vision.”