The reference ''RS'' will quicken the pulse of Porsche connoisseurs. Models such as the legendary Carrera RS 2.7 of 1972, the 1991 964 911 RS, the 2004 996 GT3 RS and the 2007 997 GT3 RS are all normally aspirated sports cars that stand out on account of their extreme degree of manoeuvrability and handling.
With the 996 Porsche was the first completely new 911 in what was then already a 35-year-old career. A year later Porsche produced a pure sports version to enable it to homologate its racing cars and all were surprised to find it was not to be granted 'RS' status like its fabled predecessor, the 2.7 RS, which had been conceived in 1973 for much the same reason. Instead Porsche appended a new name to it, the 'GT3' badge relating to its intended category of racing.
However, after the GT3 the journey commenced with the first GT3 RS, and as the 996 evolved into the 997, so the breed developed until seven iterations later Porsche arrived at the 997 GT3 RS 4.0. From those inauspicious beginnings, Porsche had bred what is now widely regarded as its finest road car to date, better even than the only two other possible contenders for the title, the original 2.7 RS and the RS version of the last air-cooled car, the 993. This car was the very last of both the 997 and the original GT3 line and it is fitting that it was such a triumph and importantly the last manual GT3 to be built.
For some years the Hans Metzger-designed flat-six motor was only used in Porsche's GT3 and GT2 cars, all other 911s, Boxsters and Caymans using an entirely unrelated, much cheaper to manufacture, direct-injection flat-six. Routine tests to which this engine was subjected during development for use in this ultimate GT3 was to be run flat out and non-stop for 3000km. For this fond farewell Porsche's Motorsport department prepared this car to be the first road-going 911 to use an engine displacing more than 3.8 litres by using the long stroke crank of the RSR race car (there was no more space between the cylinders to allow expansion in that direction), ultimately a capacity of 3996cc was achieved resulting in more torque and power. This 4-litre engine produces 493bhp without the aid of turbocharging.
Although just 600 of these 4-litre RSs were built, Porsche went to great lengths to perfect it and also made it lighter, making extensive use of carbon fibre, notable in places like the bonnet and front bumper. Even the carpet underlay was discarded. The suspension used Rose joints in the rear suspension, unique spring rates and springs that come with small helper springs to ensure some pre-load is always kept in the suspension. Finally, attention turned to aerodynamics. Porsche fitted a new rear wing and discovered two things: first it not only eliminated all rear axle lift but then actually contributed 200kg of downforce at 183mph. Secondly it completely unbalanced the car aerodynamically. That's why it has those little winglets at the front, they may not look like much but there are places at the old Nürburgring where they make the difference between being able to go flat out and leaving the circuit!
Since their delivery, these cars have been incredibly sought after with values appreciating and reviews glowing with many agreeing that this is not only the best road Porsche ever, but also a car that marks the significant end of an era. This C16 example is one of just 27 UK RHD examples and was delivered new on the 5th of October 2011 presented in the tasteful combination of Jet Black with a special order Stripe Delete over a Black full leather interior, the ultimate specification to many. It is additionally fitted with an abundance of options including Sport Chrono Package Plus, PCCB (Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes), Front Axle Lift, Vehicle tracking system, Sound Package Plus, Universal Audio Interface, Porsche Communication Management, Dynamic Cornering Lights, Grey Top Windscreen Tint, Lightweight Battery, Painted Headlamp Cleaning System, Alcantara Sun Visors, Rear Centre Console Section and Storage compartment as well as Carbon Pillars.
Today it has covered only 3,600 miles from new and benefits from a full service record completed by Porsche GB, most recently receiving a major service in February 2019. To ensure that its paint remains in superb order it has been fitted with full PPF. This exceptional RS 4.0 is available to view at our showrooms based just outside London.