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The reference ''RS'' will quicken the pulse of Porsche connoisseurs. Models such as the legendary Carrera RS 2.7 of 1972 and the 1991 Type 964 911 RS were also sports cars that stood out on account of their extreme degree of manoeuvrability and handling. That tradition is continued with the new 911 GT3 RS. In common with its predecessors, it provides an homologation model for use in a range of racing series.
The exceptionally powerful, normally aspirated engine boasts a displacement of 3.6-litres to generate 415 bhp at 7,600rpm. Maximum revs are reached at 8,400rpm. The power output per litre of engine capacity is 115.3 bhp. These figures are shared with the recently-announced 911 GT3, but bespoke drivetrain components in the RS ensures it puts in an even better performance. Thanks to a close-ratio six-speed transmission with a single-mass flywheel and 20kg lower vehicle weight, the engine revs up even more freely.
One characteristic of the RS is the body, which is 44mm wider at the rear (a legacy from the Carrera 4 models with which it shares its shell) by comparison with the 911 GT3. The muscular-looking rear end conceals a wider track that not only improves directional stability but also increases the potential cornering grip of the two-seater coupe.
Despite its specialised body, the RS is 20kg lighter than the GT3, weighing in at just 1375kg. This weight-saving was achieved by the use, amongst other solutions, of an adjustable carbon fibre wing, the use of a plastic engine cover and a lightweight plastic rear window. As a consequence, the corresponding engine power to weight ratio is over 300bhp per tonne.
This example was delivered in December 2006. This car is absolutely ideal for track days being equipped with Michelin Pilot "Cups", steel brakes and currently running a JZM track day geometry setup. Internally the car is fitted with a full roll cage, a carbon fibre front strut brace and fire extinguisher.
Contained within the extensive history file are a great number of service bills validating the meticulous nature in which the car has been maintained. Recently the car was subjected to a comprehensive rebuild and at that time received a custom "Heritage" paint job, a scheme which the car is presented in today of the iconic and most striking Gulf livery which is akin to the legendary 917's of the 1970's and Steve McQueen. The car has covered 27,000 miles from new and is ready to be used and enjoyed immediately.