• Mar 15, 2011
Walter Röhrl takes on the Porsche 904 GTS – Click above to watch video after the jump

Walter Röhrl is a magician behind the wheel of... anything, really. From Group-B WRC monsters to exotic Nürburgring beasts, Röhrl is probably capable of beating your local Autocross club's fastest using a riding mower.

Recently, the automaker brought the stunning 904 GTS out of its museum and on to the racetrack. Our man Damon Lavrinc was lucky enough to get time in the shotgun seat, but the track was like an ice rink and the two literally went for a spin. Thankfully, Porsche set aside time for Röhrl to push the car around on a dry track. The result is pure driving excellence and the clip is waiting for you after the jump.

[Source: YouTube]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Needs more horsepower!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Nah, it just needs more tire.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's a 904/6. Sounds almost exactly like my 2001 C4 from inside the cabin, actually. Hot, dirty aural sex. I love it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who is the greatest competition driver of all time?

      It’s an unwinnable argument.

      Tazio Nuvolari or Ayrton Senna? Junior Johnson or Dale Earnhardt? Sebastien Loeb or Juha Kankkunen?

      Impossible, really, to say.

      One thing over which I will brook no argument: The best driver I ever rode with is Walter Röhrl.

      The Bavaria-born two-time World Rally Champion, who celebrated his 64th birthday just last Monday, has spent a good deal of his “retirement” as chief test driver for Porsche.

      He also gives rides to journalists at press launches.

      “YAY!’’ sez I.
      • 3 Years Ago
      One of the best posts on here ever! I love the heal-and-toe footage, well shot!
      • 3 Years Ago
      badness. that looks wicked fun. we all need a go with a nice car at some point.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder how much that would have cost had he binned it...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Porsche designers, please note: THIS is how you design a sports car! What a beautiful machine, such a glorious soundtrack! Thanks for posting this video, it made my day.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like how even when Walter Rohrl "loses it," he doesn't really lose it. You can tell that this is an experience for him, that the Porsche and Rohrl are not old friends, but new acquaintances. He stays sharp; feeling out what the car is doing, its capabilities, and its unique temperament. He pushes the 904 to its limits--but only just. For as he oversteps the envelope of grip, each time he has the sanity and skill not to push beyond, and yet the steady nerves to hold his foot in it the precise amount to keep the rear end planted. That kind of balance, the ability to be in complete control amidst chaos is absolute poetry in motion.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey 911 posers, did you see where the engine was in the 904? In the middle- where all true high performance sports cars have their engines. There is a reason why Porsche will not give Boxsters and Caymans the same power they put in 911s. Those cars with equivalent power would destroy 911s in any type of contest. End of story 911 posers.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @desmo

        So let me get this straight, YOUR definition of a poser is someone who drives a car from a company the way that said car company intended it to be manufactured, but since YOU don't agree with it mechnically, you call them posers?

        So I guess that Joerg Bergmeister and Patrick Young are Posers too eh? Do you even know who they are before you google them?

        Nobody from the 911 camp is arguing that a ME setup is inferior to RE setup. We just appreciate what we have. No should of, could of, would of's.

        I personally like the Cayman, however, it's a smaller, less powerful, less adorned car. If I were to purchase a car STRICTLY for driving pleasure, it would be the Boxster Spyder, however, I chose a car that I can drive in the mountains as well as to an Opera, and do it in some sort of comfort a class. The 911 fits that categorey perfectly.

        How many mid engined coupes do you know of?

        End of story, shut it up.

        You probably couldn't afford a Cayman anyway, so this whole argument is probably actually pointless.
        • 3 Years Ago
        wrong, video, he didn't spin in this one, my fault. nevertheless, he did indeed spin on this day. There's an onboard video somewhere on youtube
        • 3 Years Ago
        well, i've seen it spining in the video. let me explain you some simple basics: the rear engine layout offers a maximum of mechanical grip and stability under breaking. take a look at lemans, the alms and (enter any racing series across the globe) and tell me that the rear engine layout isn't competitive.
      • 3 Years Ago
      where is his seat belt?
        • 3 Years Ago
        If he crashed that car he probably wouldn't want to survive.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You do realize that a lot of classic vehicles didn't even have seat belts?

        That being said, this might have only have had a lap belt.


        @ Maynard

        I lol'ed.

        Very true.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Two living legends......
      • 3 Years Ago
      That jacket he's wearing is probably the coolest jacket currently in existence.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Agreed! Combine the jacket with acid-washed highwater jeans and you have the new definition of "Pimp".
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