The Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction | Lot 199
2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS
$538,500 USD | Sold
| Atlanta, Georgia
27 October 2018
- Only 894 miles from new
- One-off factory specification; finished in Guards Red, the rarest GT2 RS color
- Very rare combination of carbon fiber front fenders and carbon fiber bucket seats
As if the standard 997-generation 911 GT2 was not fast enough, Porsche decided to give the model one final send-off before the introduction of the 991, and it was decided that the GT2 would receive the full RS treatment.
Shedding a further 154 lbs. from the 3,175 lbs. curb weight of the standard GT2, the GT2 RS utilizes additional carbon fiber body panels to help reduce unnecessary weight. At its heart is a new version of the twin-turbo, four-cam six-cylinder developed for the GT1 Le Mans race car. This has been fitted with new four-valve heads, Variocam-Plus, and variable-turbine technology. All this brings the engine’s output to an incredible 620 bhp and 516 foot-pounds of torque.
This increase in power output, decrease in weight, and special attention paid to aerodynamics (highlighted by the GT2 RS’ imposing bi-plane rear spoiler) allowed for drastic increases in performance. As per Porsche itself, a sprint from a standstill to 60 mph would take just 3.3 seconds, but many reviewers believed that to be a very conservative estimate. If one was brave enough to continue accelerating, 100 mph would be reached in less than seven seconds, leading the GT2 RS to a top speed of 209 mph. The performance was reined in through the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake system, the PASM adaptive suspension, and stability control. Perhaps the car’s most impressive performance figure was its lap time around the Nürburgring Nordschleife: 7 minutes and 18 seconds, faster than even the Porsche Carrera GT, Ferrari 488 GTB, Maserati MC12, Bugatti Veyron 16.4, and Lexus LFA Nürburgring.
With production completed on 2 December 2010, this GT2 RS is said to be one of only 142 examples destined for North America of 500 GT2 RS’ built, bearing serial no. 336. It left the factory sporting classic Guards Red paint over a solid black full leather interior and was fitted with a plethora of desirable options from the factory. These included the carbon fiber front fender, carbon fiber bucket seats, wheels painted black, clear tail lights, Sport Chrono Plus Package, PCM with Navigation and Bluetooth connectivity, the thicker three-spoke steering wheel in leather and Alcantara, and both the PCM package and center console painted in Guards Red – along with a handful of other options.
As per the consignor’s own research, this is one of only 33 examples built with the carbon fiber front fenders and carbon fiber bucket seats – the ultimate lightweight specification and the most desirable to collectors. Further, this is the sole example built with these options in Guards Red with black wheels and the solid black interior. Very well kept and preserved throughout its life, this GT2 RS has only been driven just 894 miles from new. Today, it presents wonderfully both inside and out, showing few signs of wear in keeping with its exceptionally low mileage.
Even today, the 997 GT2 RS remains the highest-horsepower manual transmission car ever built by Porsche. As such, it will remain a landmark model not only within the 997-family of 911s, but within the scope of 911 production in general. Having only been driven 894 miles from new, this is a wonderful example and the perfect opportunity to experience one of the most radical road-going Porsche 911s.