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*Please note that this vehicle is believed to be one of 16 US examples in Carrara White built with carbon fiber front fenders, not one of 16 US examples with carbon fiber front fenders, as stated in the catalogue.
From The Jan Koum CollectionPrivate Collection, Alabama (acquired new)Jan Koum (acquired in 2015)
Unleashed in 2007, the Porsche 997 GT2 derived its name from the FIA racing class for which it was built. Descended from a line of ultra-high performance vehicles that originated with the 993 GT2, the track-oriented 997 GT2 was the first production 911 model with a top speed in excess of 200 mph.
As an ultimate swan song for the 997 range, Porsche decided to produce an even more extreme 997 GT2 and anoint it with its most hallowed badge – RS, or Rennsport. The fastest, most powerful road-going Porsche to date, the GT2’s twin-turbocharged, 3.6-liter flat-six engine received new pistons, intercoolers, turbochargers, and an engine management system. Producing 620 hp and 516 lbs./ft. of torque – 89 hp and 16 lbs./ft. over standard – the impressive output was sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transaxle specifically revised for the RS.
Aerodynamic updates included a revised front splitter, rear diffuser, and reshaped side mirrors. Over 150 pounds were shed through the use of a single-mass flywheel, carbon fiber hood, lightweight center-lock wheels, thinner carpeting, and replacing various steel components with aluminum.
Less weight combined with more power enabled the coupe to reach 0–60 mph in 3.5 seconds, 0–100 mph in 6.8 seconds, and a top speed of 205 mph. Setting a production car record in 2010, the GT2 RS lapped Germany’s Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7 minutes, 18 seconds. Well-regarded automotive journalist Chris Harris was enthralled in a July 2010 road test for Britain’s EVO magazine, saying, “No other turbocharged 911 comes close to offering the chassis balance that this car does…you can use so much of the performance, so much of the time.”
The 997 GT2 RS offered here is the 376th of only 500 produced in total and one of a mere 142 exported into the US by Porsche. Completed by the factory in December 2010, this example is painted Carrara White over a black leather and Alcantara interior with yellow stitching to visually tie in to the car’s Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake calipers. This example is believed to be one of only 16 built for the US with carbon fiber front fenders, which reduced weight by an additional 20 pounds. Other options contributing to a $272,740 MSRP included adaptive sport seats, interior carbon package, Porsche communication management system with navigation, XM radio, clear taillights, and lightweight lithium-ion battery.
Maintained by a Porsche factory-trained technician within Mr. Koum’s private collection, this limited-edition 997 GT2 RS registers less than 500 miles since new and presents immaculately throughout. Accompanied by books, keys, and CARFAX Vehicle History Report, this GT2 RS offers the opportunity to own one of Porsche’s most hard-core 911 models that utilizes a manual transmission.