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.
LHD, Paint to Sample; Meteor Grey Metallic, Fuel Tank 90L, Lightweight Battery, GT Rims – Painted Silver, Front-Axle lift, PCCB, ASK sound package, Seat Belts in Black, Cup Holder, Bi-Xenon+Dynamic Cornering Lights, Garage Door Link, Sport Chrono Package Plus, PCM 3, Auto Dimming Interior and Exterior Mirrors with Intergrated Sensor, PCM inc Navigation, Tail Lights in Clear Glass Look, Footrest, Clubsport Package, Instrument Dials In Black, Stopwatch Dials In Black, Carrera GT Bucket Seats, CD Storage Box, Cruise Control, Tyre Pressure Monitoring, Windscreen With Top Tint, Front Wing Carbon, Cage In Black, Alcantara Roof lining.
The world famous Porsche design 911 in arguably one of its best forms yet – the GT3 RS 4.0. The body on this 997 is unmarked with a wonderful deep lustre that looks perfect on this very special and rare paint to sample Meteor grey metallic RS – perfectly accentuating the distinct waist line that tucks neatly into the rear bumper and spoiler arrangement. It is only 1 of 2 cars worldwide believed to be painted in this colour.
The front splitter is pleasingly free of scuffs or marks, thanks largely in part to the front-lift system one would suspect, whilst the front end and rear arches have evaded the usual dusting of stone chips. With aerodynamic upgrades, inclusive of flics at the front and a larger spoiler at the rear, downforce becomes a critical attribute to driving characteristics along with hydraulic steering, no rear steer and a race derived engine in its biggest cubic capacity, it is no surprise the limited numbered 4.0 is the pinnacle of modern Porsches for both a driver and the collector.
The adjustable carbon fibre wing, GRP engine cover and lexan rear window contribute to the lightweight theme with even the badge on the bonnet replaced by a sticker.
Although bearing more than a passing resemblance to the Cup variant with a roll cage, this interior offers all modern day-to-day considerations. There are no unsightly marks to the seats, and the interior trim is free from chips or excessive wear; inclusive of sill strips, gearbox tunnel and pedal box. The alcantara steering wheel and gear shift both in excellent condition.
The driving position is absolutely spot on with the Carrera GT bucket seats combining sublime levels of road holding with excellent comfort. PCM 3, Front lift and cruise control along with an updated sound package add to the generous spec list to this particular car when ordered from the factory.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
This is the most powerful naturally aspirated unit that Porsche have ever produced, It fires into life with a menacing growl with that familiar GT3 RS chatter and rattle from the race spec flywheel – aurally similar to it’s RSR stablemate. The supplying Porsche dealer has serviced the car within and above the recommended servicing routine on request of the owner. Under Porsche warranty all of its life and still covered till Feb 2019.
Clutch / gear engagement are positive and whilst entirely manageable around town, the ‘box is an absolute joy to use when pressing on; with a bolt action throw and perfect pedal positions for heel and toe.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The GT wheels painted in silver on this car house yellow calipers and as such signify the optional PCCB brake system which remains in excellent condition.
The light weight alloys are unmarked and wrapped in near new Porsche N rated Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2’s.
First delivered on 10/02/12 to its 1st Swedish owner residing in the Middle East this 4.0 RS was specified with a huge number of optional extras. It is numbered 002 out of the limited run of 600 cars produced and one of the few that were produced in a Paint to Sample colour with most being the standard white or black.
This very special 4.0 has been under the watchful eye of its supplying dealer from new and cared for accordingly. It has been under Porsche warranty program since manufacture and remains under worldwide cover until February 2019 at which point it can be extended.
On arrival to the UK the car has been to OPC Guildford who have updated the PCM 3 Navigation and DME to European specification. Rev ranges have been checked and the car given a clean bill of health.
The original owners books and leather wallet are present and correct along with the spare key.
The car drives extremely well and has never been on track. A very special car indeed.
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