1986-1989 Porsche 959

Martyn Goddard

Canepa's modifications - six pages of them - also bump the engine to a claimed 640 hp and 570 lb-ft of torque with the stock engine block and driveline. The shop's impeccable work looks as though it were done by Porsche itself, and since Canepa addresses most of the 959's shortcomings, the result is a classic supercar that benefits from twenty years of twenty-twenty hindsight. The enhanced 959 lays four black streaks at full throttle in first gear and pulls all the way to its higher 8000-rpm redline, gear after gear. Its completely revised suspension makes the car ride more softly than some modern luxury sedans, and the 959 is perfectly balanced through corners.

Canepa points out that it wasn't just the 959's speed that makes it such a legend - it's how easy it is to drive. One of his customers, who also owns a McLaren F1, once said "every corner in the 959 would be three spins in that f---ing McLaren."

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