• Jul 31, 2009
Switzer Performance P800 997 Twin-Turbo – Click above for high-res image gallery

You know what the biggest problem with Porsche's 997 Turbo is? Too slow. They're like German desert tortoises. Just kinda clumsy and always in the way. 480 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque rotating all four wheels might sound fast on paper, but it just isn't. Understanding this, Porsche came out with the more powerful GT2. However, 530 horsepower is still like standing still and rear-wheel drive is for drag racers. You need the traction of AWD, and something with more power than some dirty old Cadillac. A lot more power.

Meet the Switzer Perfomance P800 997. Here's the quick stats: 800 hp, zero-to-sixty in less than three seconds and the quarter-mile in just a smidge over ten seconds. Now that's fast. Oh yeah -- the P800's AWD, too. No one is going to mistake you for a Mustang with a blower. Where does an extra 320 hp vs. stock come from? Custom GT30 turbochargers, Switzer MONSTER intercoolers, electronic boost control, fancy headers and exhaust, plus a carbon clutch pack. We'll take it. In yellow. Full press release and video of a P800 on a Dynometer after the jump.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oberlin, OH - 30JUL2009 - 800 hp Switzer L5 PKG for 997TT

When Tym Switzer and his crew at Ohio-based Switzer Performance introduced their 800 hp P800 package for Porsche's track-focused GT2 back in June, a number of inquiries expressed significant interest in the package, but a number of customers asked if they could get the same level of power from the AWD 997TT.

Switzer's answer was a resounding "Yes!", which brings us to the car pictured here - an 800 hp, all-wheel drive "Yes!" that takes advantage of the 997's superior traction and shorter gearing to deliver staggering acceleration figures. Think sub 3-second 0-60 runs and 1/4 mile times consistently under 10.5, and you start to get the idea: this car is a monster.

"The P800 kit for the GT2 evolved from the SLEDGEHAMMER project car that ran in the 9's last year," offers Tym, "that was a race-gas package, but as the program developed, we were able to move to a more streetable package and keep the factory DME, unlike the SLEDGEHAMMER, which used a stand-alone system. Other than that, everything that made the SLEDGEHAMMER so special is still right there in the P800 GT2, and it's still right there in this 997."

Switzer's P800 997 package apes their GT2 package's use of custom GT30 turbochargers with custom billet compressor wheels on ball-bearing center sections in lightweight stainless housings, the heat generated by the turbocharged six is still dissipated by Switzer's own MONSTER intercoolers, and Switzer's own DME calibrations still keep everything copacetic. Unlike the GT2, however, the 997TT-based P800 does not require a new intake manifold or upgraded throttle-body. Switzer explains, "Porsche developed a model-specific intake manifold for the GT2, which worked perfectly with the stock VTGs, but didn't flow enough for the GT30Rs. The 997TT just doesn't have that problem, which is great because it's easier to install, and saves the customer some money, too."

Switzer's 800 hp P800 package for the 997TT includes Switzer's competition-style exhaust and headers, an upgraded carbon clutch package, electronic boost control, and the previously mentioned GT30R turbos, MONSTER intercoolers, and ECU software. This package is available now through Switzer Performance dealers. Contact Switzer dealers for more.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, I Wonder what the limit is for this engine, I have seen a couple of 800 hp 997TT's so far.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ahhh... the 9ff GT9 is pure sex on wheels, and yea your right it is slower to 60 because it isnt AWD, im pretty sure that they did that to keep weight down.

        however if they did make it AWD it would beat the Veyron easily.

        im not sure if this is the fastest 977 but see this: http://www.europeancarweb.com/tuned/epcp_0711_porsche_911_sportec_spr1_t80/index.html

        looks good and understated if you ask me and is blistering fast.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 9ff car is slower in 0-60 because it's not AWD, and it probably has even larger and slower spooling turbos.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They built it on a Boxster chassis, I Don't think you can make those awd, but still cool cause it is low like the GT
        • 5 Years Ago
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh, I totally forgot about 9ff and I got the European car with that insane 1000hp boxster they built.
        • 5 Years Ago
        :O i never knew about the 1000hp boxster, seems a little over the top though, i mean how fast can you go in a boxster, that too with top down, could you give me the name of that car i want to see it on google...

        the only reason i remeber the 9ff is because of top gear and because i always dreamed of getting the best porsche the was/is
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think that honor would go to the 987hp Porsche 9ff GT2... however it is slower than this on to 6o by about 1.5 seconds... idk how though
        • 5 Years Ago
        Look at that, 1000 hp of love right there
        • 5 Years Ago
        the Sport Tec is nice, sleeper style, just looks like a GT2 with aftermarket wheels. The wild crazy cars are fun, but you get a cop on your ass, my relative had a bright red boxster I use to drive, but I would always get a highway patrol tagging behind me. But once I jump into my VW sleeper I don't.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So, what would be a faster new 997, I don't think RUF has made a car over 800hp
      • 5 Years Ago
      ahhhh... makes me love porsches even more, lol another reason for me to dislike the GTR. and before anyone says anything, i kno the GTR is an amazing car, and i kno it offers supercar preformance for the price of a Z06. but i dont like the way it looks and i would much rather have a porsche if i had the money
        • 5 Years Ago
        Guess what? You're the exact reason why companies like Honda branched out Acura here in the US. For some reason, will pay for an expensive car made from the same company they want to avoid being categorized with.

        It's like me trying to sell you a crappy watch for $300 dressed as a hobo and you think I'm a retard. I come back the next day with clean shavin' and a suit driving a Bentley with the same watch and you'll push out that money ASAP.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yea i kno it isnt for the money, but i would still rather have this than 3 GTRs, just because when people think of nissan they think of the versa and altima, in otherwords econocars, when people think of porsche they think of amazingly good, efficient, and fast preformance cars.

        I would rather have a purebreed sports car than a sports car from an eco-minded company...

        Dont get me wrong the GTR is an amazing car, but just not one i would want to have, let alone 3.
        • 5 Years Ago
        uhhh, you know switzer makes a P800 package for the GTR that unleashes 800hp from godzirra???
        • 5 Years Ago
        This, uh, isn't "for the money" of a GT-R. This is probably a minimum of 3 GT-Rs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like Autoblog. I really do. It brings me almost all the content of a buff book at the speed of internet. I can honestly say, though, that Senor Loverman is a HUGE boost for the site in my eyes. His writing is never stale, but it is still professional and polished. Certain other auto-centric blogs write with plenty of style but can come off as a bunch of snot-nosed millennials. Three cheers for a guy who can turn yet another press release for an unobtainable aftermarket supercar add-on into a genuinely engaging read.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is so F'ing cool. I remember seeing the first 912 in town, bought by another engineer at work. All i remember was that it was white and even though it was a budget bomber version, the lines were perfect.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pretty sure the P800 is RWD.

      That dyno run is definitely of a rwd car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      800HP?
      Are the Porsche tuners trying to kill their customers? lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      i'd rather have Switzer Performances P800 GT-R....same power/acceleration for a fraction of the cost.
      • 5 Years Ago
      AWD yet the front wheels don't turn on the dyno? Did i miss something? (entirely possible)
        • 5 Years Ago
        same question I was asking myself. I do like the wheels A LOT more in the video though.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Those look to be stock 997 wheels, and IMO, they don't fit the smooth lines of the car. The black ones in the pics are hella nicer.

        I also love that they're the only thing besides the spoiler that even suggests this is an aftermarket tune. Probably the craziest sleeper of all time.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Lots of AWD cars have the ability to be modified to run in 2WD mode temporarily to be tuned on a dyno.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Tym Switzer has produced amazing cars for years. Do a quick search on some of the DSMs (Talon/Eclipses) he did in the 90's up until about 2003. He moved onto EVOs & WRXs. He had his hand in seem very clean and fast cars. H certainly moved up a notch!
      • 5 Years Ago
      i neeeeed those wheels :o
      • 5 Years Ago
      nice. I checked in on porsche AWD history after admiring the 3 main subarus (can't see the similarities there? go get a gtr), and been admiring the combinations ever since. I still browse for the cheaper older less horspeower versions, it is simply correct to put together. the big power does make it a truthful exotic, not a crazy one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "You know what the biggest problem with Porshce's 997 Turbo is? Too slow. They're like German desert tortoises. Just kinda clumsy and always in the way."

      HAAAAAA HAAAAAAAA!!!!!! LOL!

      That is the best into to a post I have ever seen on Autoblog, and I have been reading for 3 1/2 years.
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