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From The Jan Koum CollectionPrivate Collection, North Carolina (acquired new)Private Collection, Maryland (acquired from the above in 2014)Jan Koum (acquired from the above)
More than 45 years have elapsed since Porsche affixed the RS badge to the 1973 Carrera RS 2.7, a track-focused homologation special allowing Porsche to compete in the precursor to today’s FIA GT racing series. In similar fashion to its predecessor, the RS nomenclature reappeared on the 996-generation GT3 in 2003 with performance and handling gains made through an uprated engine, weight-saving measures, stiffer suspension, and aggressive aerodynamics.
The 2010 introduction of a second-generation 997 GT3 RS heralded improvements over the previous iteration, including an enlarged 3.8-liter Mezger engine (up from 3.6 liters in the first-generation model) with lighter-weight internals helping it spin faster to a 7,900 rpm redline and deliver an additional 15 hp over the standard GT3 for a total of 450 bhp. Other performance-enhancing RS-specific parts included a titanium muffler and exhaust tips that together saved 13 pounds of weight and doubtless contributed to the sonorous wail that emanated from the flat-six.
Dynamic engine mounts and RS-specific tuning for its active suspension helped the car adapt to even minuscule changes in road surface and sharpened handling. A wider rear track and revised bodywork enhanced cornering grip, downforce, and stability. Equipped with a six-speed manual transaxle, the only gearbox offered, with both shorter gear ratios and shorter throws than in the GT3, the GT3 RS was capable of 0–60 mph in 3.8 seconds, 100 mph in 8.1 seconds, and a top speed of 196 mph. Held in high esteem by the automotive journalism world, it was described as “the best driver’s 911 yet.”
This Porsche 997 GT3 RS was sold new through Porsche of Annapolis in Maryland in May 2010, finished in extra-cost Gray Black paint over a black full leather interior, and offset by contrasting Guards Red graphics and wheels. This GT3 RS was specified with several desirable options including the Porsche Carbon Ceramic Brakes, front-axle lift system, dynamic cornering lights, Sport Chrono Package Plus, carbon package, and PCM 3.0 with navigation. Presenting in excellent condition throughout and displaying just over 5,500 miles on its odometer, this GT3 RS 3.8 is accompanied by books, tools, and keys. In addition, a CARFAX Vehicle History Report, which accompanies the sale, notes a history of Porsche dealership servicing and maintenance.
With virtually all 612 units of North American production sold out before the first example was completed, this car’s desirability was surpassed only by its performance. An exceptional example from the distinguished Jan Koum Collection, this little-used GT3 RS 3.8 makes for an incredible opportunity for any Porsche collector or track-day enthusiast.