19-20 January 2017
2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
- Chassis no. WP0AC2A97BS783202
- Engine no. 61B28768
$225,000 - $275,000
To be auctioned on Thursday, January 19, 2017
- Only 11,900 original miles
- One of nine paint-to-sample black cars with red wheels and graphics
- Completely original and unmodified
Porsche’s GT3 is a synthesis of sports car purity and motorsport pedigree. The third car to wear the GT badge after the exclusive GT2 and GT1 of the 1990s, the GT3 was homologated for a lower category of racing. As a result, production numbers were higher and the performance was more accessible. The first generation Type 996 GT3, introduced in 1999, was an immediate success for Porsche. With an intense focus on competition, this spartan 911 lacked sound deadening, sunroof, air conditioning, and rear seats in order to keep the weight as low as possible.
Power came from the legendary Mezger engine, which had previously been utilized in the 962 and GT1. In this naturally aspirated application, the 3.6-liter motor produced 355 horsepower. Grip and handling characteristics were improved thanks to larger brakes; revised, lowered suspension; and the addition of a new rear wing and front bumper. The RS variant became available in 2003 and was even more track focused. Weight was cut even further by fitting a polycarbonate rear window and using carbon fiber construction in the hood and rear wing. The engine received updates in the form of reshaped intake and exhaust ports. Production ran until 2005, although no 996 GT3 RS was ever offered for sale in North America.
With the introduction of the Type 997, Porsche upped the performance of the new GT3 even further. The engine remained at 3.6 liters but now produced 415 horsepower. High-tech equipment like the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system allowed the suspension to be electronically controlled.
The Porsche offered here is a second generation Type 997.2 GT3 RS. These cars received an even larger 3.8-liter engine, which produces 450 horsepower. Heavily revised bodywork, including a new front end and larger rear wing, help achieve even greater downforce. The wider body shell shared with the Carrera 4 allows the RS to run a greater track width and improve directional stability and cornering grip. This example is believed to be one of only nine cars finished in a paint-to-sample black and is offset with red wheels and graphics. Factory options include Seat Deviating Stitch Color, Sound Package Plus, Sport Chrono Package without PCM, Sport Chrono Timer in Guards Red, cup holders, floor mats to match the interior, as well as an aluminum foot rest.
All original throughout, including the paint, this GT3 has only been driven 11,900 miles and makes for an incredible opportunity for any Porsche collector or track day enthusiast.
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