2007 PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS (2)

It’s lauded for precision on road and track, and the Mezger motor’s Le Mans-winning endurance.

The RS badge first appeared on the most iconic of 911s, the 1973 Carrera 2.7 that Porsche built to homologate racing 911s. The GT3 RS models are built by Porsche’s Motorsport department. It exists as a separate entity and production facility and has a long history of turning out some of the very best track weapons to double as road warriors. So this Keeper has genuine race car credentials. And authenticity: no GT model is made without a race programme.

With an RS model, you’re guaranteed a race-proven engine and a workmanlike cabin. Our engine is a version of the renowned 3.8-litre ‘Mezger’ unit named after engineer Hans Mezger, who was responsible for the engines in some of Porsche’s most successful racing machines. Its bulletproof reputation saw it developed over and over again to deliver not just endurance and speed but also a thrilling soundtrack to boot. Track users will tell you it’s best served between 5000 and 8000rpm.

The engine achieves a higher output than a ‘regular’ GT3 motor due to better induction and a higher compression ratio. To give you the full RS picture for the 997-series, Porsche went further still with the 997.2 RS of 2010 (330kW) and capped things off with the special-edition GT3 RS 4.0 of 2011. Its 367kW engine came straight out of the RSR racing car, and just 400 were made.

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

CATEGORY RELATED
READ ALL
PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS

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

RELATED POSTS

PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS

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

PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS (3)

This special 911 is best described as a race car for the road, such is its purity of purpose.

PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS (4)

It was bred to perform at nine-tenths and above for longer than most drivers can endure.

PORSCHE 911 C4 GTS

Iconic rear-engined sportscar represents decades of hard graft and helped owner Greg celebrate a major milestone.

MORE KEEPERS

PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS (7)

The follow-up to this car showed you can never underestimate Porsche’s capacity for improving a five-star sportscar.

NISSAN 350Z TRACK (6)

Zed-car legend began with a game-changing car no one was expecting from a Japanese maker.

AUDI TT COUPE (4)

Two decades after its debut, the TT compares favourably with modern metal in all but a few areas.

MAZDA MX-5 (3)

Appeal is less about the raw performance, equipment or image, more about purity and effectiveness of original design.