In part one I introduced you to RAUH-Welt Begriff legend Akira Nakai, Dubai entrepeneur Zafer Taher, and Dark Romantic, a 1997 RWB-customized Porsche 993 Turbo. I’ve just finished a pleasant chat with both creator Nakai-san and owner Zafer about Dark Romantic. And now, I’m going to take it for a drive.
I’m intrigued to know how it handles. While I love the extreme looks of the car, I fear that the ultra-low stance and the massively widened rear will adversely affect Porsche’s legendary balance. Surely the rear tyres will rub. Surely the second I go over a pothole I’ll bounce off the bump stops. Surely the handling will be all over the place. A blip of the immobiliser on the fob, and I turn the key. As little has changed mechanically, the start up noise is rather muted – a deliberate choice by Zafer, who is of the opinion that the looks are so dramatic that the car doesn’t need to sound like Thor gargling hammers.
I’m sitting low, close to the wheel which doesn’t adjust in any direction. The clutch is light, the shift throw surprisingly long but snicky. Getting underway proves easy, the RWB proving docile at low speeds. The wheels are absolutely stuffed into the widened arches, but the fronts only rub at full lock. Once out on the main road it feels remarkably stock.
The custom Aragosta suspension should, when I think about it, mean a spine-shatteringly stiff ride. How else will the rears avoid shredding the rear arches? But they don’t. I’ve driven less forgiving, and more modern, stock sports cars. The power isn’t intimidating either, with a very progressive throttle. So far, so standard.