Fame and fortune as well as glamour is associated with all the things nice, luxurious and exotic. Something like a super car. And talking about super cars, Porsche is definitely up there amongst the desirable car in almost everybody’s wish list. And when you associate a Porsche and the tuner called RWB, that is definitely something else.
RWB or Rauh-Welt Begriff (for those who don’t know German, it meant rough concept of the world) is actually JDM to the core. It is created by a brilliant cool Japanese guy by the name of Akira Nakai from Chiba to be exact. More so, all of the tuning works consist of the Japanese goodies from Aragosta suspension setup to the SSR wheels making the mods, a perfect blend of German and Japanese styling for form and function. You can read more about RWB in the next few pages in this issue. So hold your horses ya. Back to this beauty.
This particular tangerine 993 RWB Porsche is the first of the many magnificent RWB Porsches that arrived on the ground for their first RWB gathering in Japan. Situated at Roppongi’s Hard Rock Cafe parking area, it sits alone and stanced when we arrived looking fierce and pretty at the same time. And it was the first one that we’ve seen with our own eyes too. After the gawking session that left our saliva ducts dry, we’ve started our session on capturing the monster with our cameras before it gets too crowded with people who is gonna gawk like us before.
Apparently, this 993 was the latest craftsmanship from Nakai in Japan before he heads up to the US for a new project on another lucky Porsche that is going into the rough world at that time. So we’ve chose the right car that day and it shows! Everything is like brand new. It was the first impression that stays in your mind for days. With the cold weather and the right amount of sun glaring through the buildings, the paint job was fabulously smooth and shiny. The kit was all soundly perfected to the car and knowing how a RWB Porsche is born, Nakai chose the right color for this one. The thing is, every time you see a Porsche on the road, even if it is the latest 911 or the fastest they have come up with, it is not a RWB. And it wouldn’t be as special if it’s not an RWB. The wide fenders slammed mere millimetres off its Kumho-wrapped SSR Professors, how the rock hard suspension bounced the car over the speed bumps and the way it had to put two-wheels off the road to let a passing car by the bulging rear fenders. Makes you want to have one just to be in this awesome car familia. And not forgetting how low it can be without any assistance of an air suspension setup. That is how insane it can get! Some were daily driven and some were treated like trophies but all of them went through the racing track as what Porsches were made for.
The car was just breathtaking when it sucks the life out of you when you hear the owner fired up the engine. It sounded different but a sound so magically that it will own you. Not to mention pushing the car to its limit on the track. The roar of the boxer 6 is simply awesome. Nakai style.
After seeing the car, it is hard to believe that we actually there to witness and experience the inexplicable magic that Nakai puts into every one of his masterpieces. And popularity is not even in his mind although without him realising it, he is has put the concept well enough in the rough world to be on top amongst the Porsche tuners. As for this 993 owner, he is still amazed on his own car that he is finding it difficult to stay low under the radars with all the popular treatment he is getting that day. I guess that is part of the rough world that you have to go through in owning an RWB Porsche.
words: Jeo pix: Faiz Zakariah & Hazwan Najims