There's a scene in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps where Shia LaBoeuf asks a fellow banker, "What's your number – how much would you need to get out of the business?" The answer he gets: "More." More is apparently the operating principle at 9ff, the specialist Porsche tuner out of Germany that has showed up at Essen with its 9ff GT9 Vmax. Over the four years of the GT9's existence it has gone from 987 horsepower and a 253-mile-per-hour top speed to this, a 1,381-hp El Superbeasto with a terminal velocity said to be 271.54 mph.
Built on the skeleton of the 997-model Porsche 911, it weighs 2,954 pounds. The carbon fiber bodywork that hides the 4.2-liter, twin-turbo flat-six, the 855 pound-feet of torque, the six-speed sequential gearbox, polycarbonate windows and faired rear wheels all help to get the GT9 Vmax from standstill to 62 mph in 3.1 seconds. Keep pressing and 120 mph comes in 6.8 seconds, 186 mph happens in but 13 ticks of the second-hand.
Getting one off the Essen show floor and into your garage will cost 895,000 euros ($1.6 million US), before that minor annoyance of taxes. You can virtually kick the tires before you decide to purchase by watching the video below.