Porsche 718 RSK Replica Review

1995 Porsche 718 RSK Replica 2 litre turbo from Portugal

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2 litre turbo Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired1000 kilometres
Most recent distance4000 kilometres
Previous carBMW M Coupe

Summary:

Interesting concept, fun to drive

Faults:

None.

General Comments:

I should mention that the car is an accurate replica of the few ever built.

An original probably would cost about half a million €.

The original car was a mid engine 1500cc boxer that put out 148hp at 8000 rpm.

The chassis was tubular and the body aluminum.

At the time (1958/1964) some Austrian replicas were used in competition, but with a 1600cc engine that some say was capable of 160hp.

Mine is a blueprint replica of the original chassis, but it mounts a Volkswagen 2 liter boxer engine with a turbo that puts out about 130 hp.

It has an adapted 4 speed short shift gearbox that came from an early Golf.

Its low weight (about 700Kg) and real wheel drive make it one of the most fun cars I have ever driven.

It handles like a kart and it slides with much precision, even during high speed cornering.

The downside is that at the track, and I believe because of the grip, the chassis and tires bend too much and sometimes it becomes a bit unpredictable, especially if you brake late and enter a turn unbalanced.

All and all an amazing machine, bought with about 20.000 €, that makes faces turn on the street.

A shame it is not the real thing. On the other end, would I have the courage to do with a 500.000 € specimen, what I do with this one?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 8th August, 2005

11th Aug 2005, 10:24

Nice review. Is there an official place to order a 718 replica? How did you find yours?

12th Aug 2005, 20:44

Just search the web for manufacturers, you will find plenty.

I bought mine already in Portugal, but I know it was made in Germany, but really do not know the name of the manufacturer.

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 1 review