Video: Watching the Porsche 911 engine come to life is strangely hypnotic

Man and machine in harmony

Porsche 911 engine build video

A SIX-MINUTE video that reveals the inner workings of Porsche’s new Zuffenhausen engine plant might seem the preserve of ardent car enthusiasts but, like a magician showing you how their greatest trick is performed, the footage is unexpectedly satisfying.

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Workers in matching grey overalls silently reach for ceiling-mounted tools as robotic machinery whizzes around the plant, components casually glide along the production line and the unmistakeable flat-six 911 powerplant receives a final inspection from a stern-looking chap with a torch.

For the record, the 345bhp 3.4-litre engine found in the most basic Carrera model is capable of propelling the machine from 0 to 62mph in 4.8 seconds, while the 394bhp 3.8-litre unit found in the Carrera S can complete that sprint in 4.5 seconds.