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From a Private Porsche Collection | Equipped with Optional Carbon Fiber FendersOriginal Owner (acquired new in April 2011 via Porsche of Roslyn)Second Owner (acquired from the above in 2014)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
At the Moscow Motor Show in August 2010, Porsche unveiled an extraordinary new 911, the GT2 RS. This unique addition to the Porsche range, the first and only turbocharged model to carry the famous RS moniker, was a true skunkworks project, developed in collaboration between the factory’s Motorsport and Exclusive departments, and spearheaded by Andreas Preuninger. Their combined efforts resulted in a track-focused 911 with the performance and aesthetic appeal to rival the world’s most exotic supercars.
At the heart of the GT2 RS was a 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged Mezger flat-six, an evolution of the engine that powered the 911 GT1 to an overall win at Le Mans in 1998. The M97/70 engine produced 620 bhp and 516 lbs./ft. of torque, making the GT2 RS the most powerful road-going Porsche ever built without the use of hybrid technology.
With its chassis based on the concurrent GT3 RS, weight was reduced wherever possible to create a true dual-purpose sports car. Unnecessary sound-deadening was removed, and lightweight components, such as pull-strap door handles, carbon fiber panels, and a single-mass flywheel, were utilized. At the same time, Porsche engineers ensured brilliant dynamics through the use of special spring rates and anti-roll bars, composite ceramic brakes, as well as recalibrated Porsche Adaptive Suspension Management and Stability Management systems.
Visually, the new GT2 RS was differentiated from lesser 911 models through the extensive use of exposed carbon fiber, wide center-lock alloy wheels, flared wheel arches, and model designations on the doors and rear lid. Matte-finish carbon fiber was also integrated into the redesigned front and rear spoilers, which enhanced aerodynamics and provided extra downforce.
At just 3,020 lbs., the 997 GT2 RS weighed significantly less than the standard GT2 and possessed a remarkable power-to-weight ratio, with just 4.9 lbs. per horsepower. According to Porsche’s own conservative reports, the GT2 RS accelerated from 0–60 in 3.4 seconds, boasted a top track speed of 205 mph, and lapped the legendary Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit in just 7'18."
Both the public and the motoring press were awed by Porsche’s latest creation. After testing the car for Car and Driver, Mike Sutton called it a “brute, lightweight, twin-turbocharged 620 hp bout of madness” and deemed it “the most serious road-going Porsche ever.”
In total, just 500 examples of the GT2 RS were ever built, with just 142 specified for the North American market.
The car presented here is quite possibly the ultimate GT2 RS; it is one of only 33 North American market cars originally specified with the desirable combination of carbon fiber sport seats and carbon fiber front fenders, the latter a rarely seen $6,840 factory option. Of the 33 examples built with these features, this car is one of 10 finished in black and, of those, one of just two finished in “press edition” specification, with silver wheels and a two-tone interior, fully trimmed in optional contrasting black leather and red Alcantara for a sensational appearance.
This car was also generously optioned with the Porsche Communication Management system, Sound and Sport Chrono Packages, interior color floor mats, lightweight battery, and lightweight headlights. Exclusive Department options, including a thicker sports steering wheel, leather-trimmed rear center console, Porsche crests on the headrests, clear taillights, and an aluminum footrest, further contributed to the car’s $267,450 MSRP.
According to factory records, this GT2 RS was completed on January 20, 2011, and delivered to Porsche of Roslyn, in Long Island, New York. The consignor acquired the car from the second owner following an extensive search for the ideal GT2 RS. He describes the car as being “100% original and unmodified” and, at the time of cataloguing, the odometer displayed less than 2,900 original miles. Significantly, a DME report on file shows only 125 ignitions in range one and zero in ranges two through six, virtually unheard of for the model.
In keeping with its superb presentation, this GT2 RS is offered with its original owner’s folio (containing all books and manuals), tools, keys, window sticker, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, and recent service records.
Given the GT2 RS’s mind-bending performance and unique reputation among road-going 911 models, the opportunity to acquire this ideally specified and beautifully presented example is one not to be missed.