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Monday, September 15, 2014

Hot Wheels Porsche 934 Turbo RSR, along with the 935 Slant-Nose, 993 GT2, and 2010 911 GT2



Hot Wheels has been making some strides with the Porsche line, really bringing out the best in details while trying to forget the mistakes of the past (P-911, Cayman, Boxster Spyder, Panamera).  The 934 Turbo RSR is the latest.


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Race car for the street

The 934 is the race version of the Turbo designed to met FIA Group 4 rules.  This also meant that in order to complete a certain amount of stock road cars were to be produced as well.  The car was based on a 1976 Turbo, but boasted a larger and lower front bumper with more air ducts and a lightweight hood supported by hood pins and several access holes to access the gas tank and other fluids without opening the hood (though there's zilch trunk space).  The windows have support mounts, the side mirrors are more aerodynamic, and the rear fender flares have an even larger flair than the Turbo model has.  The rear Turbo wing is carried over, as does the taillight bar and bumper, but the exhaust us unmuffled and features a turbo pressurized by-pass pipe.  The base shows a more bare suspension setup and lighter materials.  The engine is a turbocharged 3.0L air-cooled flat-6 producing 260 hp. through a 5-speed manual.  The interior is stripped for racing with the rear seat deleted for a full-width rollcage, supportive racing seat for the driver with optional passenger seat, and the stock 911 dash remains with the numerous gauges, but without the radio or ventilation controls.


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One fine Porsche

Hot Wheels did a superb job with this one.  The orange paint, the lace wheels, the detailed headlights, Porsche badge, pins, and black windshield washer nozzles.  While I would like to see more lighting details in the rear, still the excellent body details don't disappoint.  Hot Wheels chose a racing interior with only the driver's seat next to battery and other controls and a rollcage loop that blocks rearward visibility.  Next up is a black recolor and I can't wait!

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The Slant Nose

After famously racing in the FIA Group 5, the aerodynamic slant nose 935 Turbo appeared in 1978.  The front has a more smoother look with pop-up headlights.  The rear spoiler is also toned down a bit from the 934.  Elsewhere it looks similar to the 911 Turbo, including the same exterior details, interior setup, and a new 3.3L Turbo flat-6 producing 300hp.  Still that doesn't solve the major oversteer problem of these early Porsche turbo's, so look out!  The Hot Wheels casting appeared in 1991 and was easily one of my favorite Hot Wheels 911, besting out even the P-911. The details are incredible on the outside, the base is metal, and the interior is there as well (and is part of the clear plastic window instead of a separate plastic tray.  This blue one came from the Porsche 5-pack of 1996 and it looks fantastic.


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The GT2's

While the Turbo guns for All-Wheel-Drive to cure the oversteer issue, the GT2 takes on the old Turbo image.  The 993-based GT2 was built to racing standards just like the 934 and 935.  The 911 line got an aerodynamic look with a more rounded look, projector headlights, and integrated bumpers.  The rear spoiler now raises up when needed and lowers when not.  The interior still features the plethora of gauges, but still allows slots for radio and ventilation controls, not to mention dual airbags.  The GT2 goes for ground effects, flared fenders, and a permanent-fixed rear wing. The interior deletes the rear seat, adds a rollcage, and strips out other non-essential features.  The engine is still air-cooled (for the last time), twin-turbocharged 3.6L flat-6 producing 444 hp. through a six-speed manual


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In 2010 the 997-based GT2 arrived with a more classical look that returns the round headlights, larger scoops with integrated turn signal lights, side rear fender scoops (now more tamer), and rear taillights without the bar going across and dual exhausts.  The rear spoiler is also more tamer with a section that pops up in need.  The interior is still bare (lacks rear seat and a few features), but is still much more luxurious than the past GT2.  No more is it only a race car.  The engine is now water-cooled (changed in 1998), twin-turbocharged 3.6L flat-6 with twin variable vane geometry to eliminate the low-end turbo lag to produce 523 hp. through a six-speed manual and, yes, still through the rear wheels.  However, this may be the final generation for the three-pedal manual if the new GT3 is any indication of Porsche's next direction.


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Hot Wheels versions with clear headlights

The 993 GT2 arrived in the 2013 Boulevard series in yellow with yellow wheels and rubber tires, with a metal base.  The detailed lights are nice, but are messy.  The 2014 version in red with black side scoops and blacked-out wheels, but loose the rubber tires and metal base.  The details are nice, especially the round contours of the body to the rear spoiler and lowered ground effects.  Additional details include the clear headlights that are part of the clear windows, hood pins, detailed interior with rollcage, and check out those engine details with the visible turbo's.


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Earlier in 2010 the first GT2 was released, the 997 GT2.  Yes, it's a bit small in dimensions, but man it has some great details.  The headlights are clear, just like the 993, the scoops are nicely done, the rear exhaust, separate spoiler are nice, but the LED taillights are stamped pretty messy on each version so far!  The chassis has the same details just like the 993: just check out the engine with the visible turbo's!  The interior is a bit sparse on details, but it's there at least.  The black and silver was nice, but a few other nice variations include the metallic blue with tan interior, the red with the blacked-out wheels that makes it resemble the 911 Turbo's of the 1980's, and the Wal-Mart-only yellow with the same blacked-out wheels as the red one, though the windows are really tinted on this one.


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With another fine 911 in the mix, I can't wait to see what's next in Porsche's from Hot Wheels, just a long as they've learned from past mistakes.


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