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Less Than 1,250 Miles From NewPrivate Collector, Miami, Florida (acquired new in March 2011)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
At the 2010 Moscow Motor Show, Porsche unveiled its most powerful 911 model to date, the 997 GT2 RS. Despite being an instant collector’s item, the limited-edition 911 was often enjoyed with abandon on tracks, and thus pristine, minimally driven examples such as this car are particularly desirable.
The GT2 RS could hardly have possessed a more exciting design brief. The intention was to package maximum horsepower and driver interaction into the venerable 911, and to that end the model was available only with a six-speed manual transaxle.
An evolution of the 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged Mezger engine from the 1998 Le Mans-winning GT1 was dropped into the acclaimed second-generation RS chassis. Weight was reduced to an extraordinary degree with the removal of sound-deadening and the use of lightweight components like pull-strap door releases. As a result, the new RS model weighed 154 lbs. less than the standard GT2 and developed an additional 90 hp. Even more remarkable was the fact that the GT2 RS weighed 400 lbs. less than the concurrent Turbo S.
As the most powerful Porsche road car offered to date, performance was off the charts. The M97/70 engine put out 620 bhp and 516 lbs./ft of torque, propelling the GT2 RS to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds and on to an estimated top speed of 209 mph. In his review of the model, Car and Driver writer Mike Suttoncalled it “Porsche at its most extreme” and marveled, “The GT2 RS is simply insanely fast on the road.… Power doesn’t so much build with engine speed as it explodes.” Only 500 examples of the GT2 RS were produced worldwide, and it was instantly identifiable by a carbon-fiber hood and revised bodywork, which included flared front fenders and a taller, fixed rear spoiler.
According to Porsche records, chassis no. 778109 was completed in November 2010, finished in Guards Red (one of four available colors for the model) and trimmed with a spectacular two-tone interior of black stitched leather and red alcantara, highlighted by all three factory optional carbon-fiber packages. Optioned with the Sport Chrono Package Plus, a lightweight lithium-ion battery, and the PCM with navigation system, this GT2 RS was ordered with over $20,000 in extra equipment. The car was delivered in March 2011 to a Miami-based collector who drove it sparingly before selling it to the current owner.
One of only 142 examples sold new in the US (just 32 of which were finished in this color), and accompanied by its books, tools, and window sticker, this GT2 RS displays just over 1,250 miles. As one of the most extreme road cars ever built and the only turbocharged 911 RS model ever offered, the 997 GT2 RS is a true supercar, assured of an important place in Porsche history.