Porsche’s newly reborn 935 has been spotted testing at Italy’s Monza circuit.
Wearing a sinister matte black paint job that does nothing to hide its extended rear, the new Porsche 935 was seen circling the Monza track last weekend, giving us our first good look at just how the new track-only supercar performs.
Unsurprisingly, the car seemed very composed and very quick. This was to be expected since the 935 is mostly a 911 GT2 RS--also known as the fastest Porsche 911 ever made--but with a “longtail” body and a few other minor improvements.
Well, not all of them are improvements. Some of them are weird architectural throwbacks to previous Porsche models, like the laminated wood shifter knob reminiscent of the 917, 909 Bergspyder, and the Carrera GT. Or the capped rims that were seen on the original 935/78 “Moby Dick” way back in the ‘70s.
The model we see here doesn’t seem to have those capped rims since we’re easily able to see the enormous brake calipers that the 935 uses to slow down while charging into those corners at ridiculously high speeds. This is likely to do with the fact this is a test mule for Porsche and not the final product, which will likely also have some fancy livery and not be painted all black.
Besides the longer body and the increased use of carbon fiber, the 935 also gets 700 hp from a slightly tuned version of the 911 GT2 RS’s 3.8-L twin-turbo flat six. A 7-speed dual clutch is retained, although the interior has been highly modified with a roll cage and Recaro racing seats with a 6-point harness.
According to the description on 19Bozzy92’s video, the 935 was posting some pretty quick times around Monza: 1:48-1:49, to be precise. That’s a full 12 seconds faster than the Porsche 911 GT3.
But perhaps best of all, the new retro-inspired exhaust tips give the 935 a deep, throaty growl that you just don’t normally find on a twin-turbo 6-cylinder. It’s both impressive and somehow deeply soothing, so enjoy the 10 minutes of Porsche growls on this Monday afternoon.