The first high-performance GT3 road models of the 997 generation were the GT3 and the GT3 RS, launched in 2006. The GT3 featured a 3.6 litre flat-six engine, ‘zero lift’ aerodynamics, and an electronically adjustable suspension system. The GT3 RS, 20 kg lighter than the GT3, had a wider rear end which improved directional stability and cornering grip.
In 2009 Porsche launched the second generation 997 GT3, boasting an enlarged 3.8 litre engine, modified rear spoiler and bodywork, and new options including dynamic engine mounts and a pneumatically lifting front axle to compensate for the low ground clearance. The following year, the new GT3 was joined by a revised version of the GT3 RS.
The GT3 RS 4.0, announced in 2011, was the final evolution of the 997. Featuring the biggest 911 model line engine ever, it was limited to just 600 vehicles and brought together in a road car all the attributes that have made the GT3 a serial winner on the race track. Sensationally fast and truly exciting to drive, its crankshaft was lifted unchanged from the GT3 RSR racing car.
With a six-speed sports transmission it was the last manual 911, and used suspension components typically encountered in motor racing. Weight reduction was of supreme importance, hence lightweight components such as bucket seats, bonnet and front wings made of carbon fibre, plastic rear windows and weight-optimised carpets.
Its wide track, low vehicle position, large rear wing with adapted side plates, central twin tailpipe and aerodynamically optimised body, resulted in a uniquely dynamic appearance. It was also the first production Porsche to feature lateral front air deflection vanes (or ‘flics’), which created increased downforce on the front axle and brought the vehicle into aerodynamic equilibrium.
RHD C23, Ceramic Brakes, Clubsport Package, Sports Chrono Package, Cage in Black, Fire extinguisher, PCM 3 Navigation module, Extended leather, Lightweight sport bucket seats, Rain sensor, Headlight cleaning system, Cruise Control, CAT 5 SmarTrack.
This is a spectacular ‘as new’ example of Porsche’s much sought-after 4-litre GT3 RS. Presented in stunning Carrara White the paintwork remains in faultless condition, whilst the contrasting GT Silver decals proudly display its legendary ‘RS 4.0’ status. Its position very close to the road, plus a steeply-inclined rear spoiler emblazoned with the Porsche name, gives it the look and feel of a full-on racing car.
The immaculate cockpit immediately reminds you that this limited edition RS was engineered with performance at the forefront of its design, however this interior still offers all modern day-to-day considerations. There are no unsightly marks to the seats, and the interior trim is free from chips or marks; inclusive of sill strips, gearbox tunnel and pedal box. The lightweight bucket seats are in black leather with alcantara inserts, and the three-spoke sports steering wheel is also clad in alcantara with a red top-centre marking. Extended leather, an optional extra adds further luxury and covers the lower dash in alcantara and the upper dash in stitched leather.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The GT3 RS’s 4-litre engine is the largest and last of the mezger engine 911s. It provides jaw-dropping performance, and when combined with the six-speed manual sports transmission, an incredible driving experience to be admired for many future generations to come.
With full Porsche history and a recent service the mechanics and engine are in excellent order.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The GT3 RS is fitted with distinctive 19-inch ten-spoke alloy wheels – on this example they are coloured in matching Carrara White and are in perfect condition. The wheels are clad in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tyres front and rear.
Optional ceramic brakes present as new with no sign of hard use during its very minimal mileage.
1 of 600 limited edition cars worldwide and ever rarer in RHD this car was supplied new as a C23 New Zealand car. It visited the Porsche main dealer twice in 2012 and 2013 before begin imported to the UK in 2014.
From here Porsche Hatfield stamped the book in August 2014 at 1842 miles before a further service by Silverstone OPC (2016) and Mid-Sussex OPC just recently at 2025 miles in September 2017.
The history file comes complete with the full owners pack alongside a spare key. There is also further correspondence with Porsche confirming the minimal difference between C16 UK spec and C23 New Zealand spec (C16 – wiring harness for vehicle tracker and instrument cluster in MPH // C23 top tinted windscreen and cruise control as standard, analogue instrument cluster in KPH).
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