2007 PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS

High-energy RS has evolved massively relative to the regular 911 Carrera on which it is based.

GT3 RS models are pretty rare although production numbers are not limited. Order one and you’ll typically get one. This RS is based on the first generation of the 997 series and has the wide rear haunches and rear track of the Carrera 4S. It’s certainly not a small car like the early 911s but its dimensions make it look and feel more wieldy than the current cars when you only have half the road at your disposal.

Where things get big are in the areas of communication and fast-paced entertainment. It’s big on all the good stuff: steering feedback, chassis response and grip with the factory-spec Michelin Sport Pilots. Producing over 300kW, the unburstable 3.8-litre flat-six stirs your senses with big-hearted performance.

Any modern 911 has road presence but few scream intent like a GT3 RS. It could scream louder if the wheels were painted to match the go-faster orange decals. It makes do with orange side plates for the huge carbonfibre rear wing and huge rear tyres and ventilated brake discs beneath the bulging rear arches. The clincher is best viewed through the Perspex rear window – the heavy-duty scaffolding behind the seats to maintain maximum rigidity.

Got one? Driven one? Share your GT3 experience: keepers@kiwigarage.co.nz


VARIANT 997.1 Carrera

COLOUR Black metallic, orange decals

UPHOLSTERY grey Alcantara

ENGINE 3797cc flat-six

POWER 305kW (409bhp)

TORQUE 405Nm @ 5500rpm

TRANSMISSION 6-speed manual, RWD

0-100km/h 4.3 secs

WHEELS 19-inch alloy

LENGTH 4.43m

WEIGHT 1375kg

EMAIL keepers@kiwigarage.co.nz


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