Aesthetic Anarchy or Engineering Excellence? The Ugly Mule Review – The Beauty Lies Beneath!
Get ready for an exciting journey through the world of the Gunther Werks Turbo, the newest creation from the creative minds at the Orange County-based Porsche 911 remanufacturer Gunther Werks. Known as the Ugly Mule informally, this beast is everything but ugly when it performs. Let’s explore what makes this breathtaking Porsche 993 Turbo Remastered by Gunther Werks such a remarkable vehicle.
Aesthetic Quirks and Engineering Brilliance
Introducing the Ugly Mule, Gunther Werks’ development car that defies conventional aesthetics but dazzles in performance. Wrapped in what seems like a shredded Hefty bag, the Ugly Mule stands as a testament to the relentless pursuit of performance over appearance. Gunther Werks CEO Peter Nam humorously admits its unconventional charm and requests, almost protectively, that no photographs be taken. But beneath the unconventional exterior lies a symphony of engineering brilliance.
The Sublime Engine
At the core of the Gunther Werks Turbo beats a Gamroth-developed 4.0-liter twin-turbo, air-cooled, liquid-to-air intercooler boxer-six. Modified to deliver a staggering 750+ horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque, the engine is a work of art, boasting a mix of aluminum, magnesium, and carbon fiber components. What steals the show is the bronzed, top-mounted flat fan reminiscent of legendary race cars like the Porsche 917 and 935. Anodized intercooler covers add a touch of elegance, available even in 24-karat gold. With power levels switchable between 550, 650, and 750+ hp, the Gunther Werks Turbo promises a dynamic driving experience.
Aero and Precision Hardware
The Ugly Mule showcases not just raw power but also aerodynamic ingenuity. From the medium-size air extractor on the hood to the low-mounted central intake and the imposing stacked wing, every element is designed for performance. The underbody aero pieces and side skirts contribute to an undisclosed but undoubtedly substantial downforce. Paired with fat rubber—295/30 18-inch tires up front and 335/30 18s in the rear—the Turbo promises a gripping and exhilarating ride. Brembo GT brakes ensure superior stopping power, a crucial component in the Turbo’s high-performance package.
The Power and Precision
Now, the million-dollar question: how does the Ugly Mule drive? In the words of seasoned racer Pat Long, who played a role in its setup, the Turbo is a step ahead in development compared to its predecessors, the Coupe and the Speedster. As our lucky driver hits the Angeles Crest Highway, the true essence of the Turbo’s capabilities unfolds. From hypercar power to razor-sharp steering, the Turbo captivates. The hydraulic steering, bordering on race car precision, delivers an intuitive connection between driver and road. With a chassis tuned for optimal performance and aero kicking in around 50 mph, the Turbo handles corners with finesse.
A Class of Its Own
Comparing the Gunther Werks Turbo to other high-performance Porsches almost feels unfair. With a power-to-weight ratio that surpasses the mighty 991.2 GT2 RS, the Turbo stands in a class of its own. The Ugly Mule’s 4.0 pounds per horsepower ratio versus the GT2 RS’s 4.9 is a testament to its sheer gumption. The Turbo’s driving experience draws parallels to the race car feel of the 997.2 GT3 RS 4.0 but with an added dose of power.
In the realm of racy production Porsches, the Gunther Werks Turbo emerges as a street-legal powerhouse, combining the best of power, precision, and an unmistakable race car feel. Its manual transmission, distinct exhaust note, and driving enjoyment set it apart, making it a symphony of performance on wheels.
As the journey through the Gunther Werks Turbo comes to an end, it leaves an indelible mark on the world of high-performance vehicles. More than just a remastered Porsche, the Turbo is a symphony of power, precision, and driving pleasure. For the fortunate few who will claim one of the 75 customer examples, the Gunther Werks Turbo promises an automotive experience that transcends expectations. The Ugly Mule may not be conventionally beautiful, but its performance is nothing short of a masterpiece. Get ready to witness the symphony on wheels, where power meets precision in an exhilarating crescendo.