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With the RS 4.0, the final and most powerful RennSport model of the 997 series, Porsche engineers created a thinly veiled road-going version of the latest GT3 racing car, which had already captured victories at the highest levels of international competition. It was immediately hailed as one of the greatest sports cars ever; in the years since, it has come to be recognized as an undisputed classic.
Like all GT3s, the RS 4.0 was powered by a Mezger flat-six engine, the basic architecture of which can be found in endurance racers such as the 962 and 911 GT1, as well as the 959 supercar. Featuring a special RSR crankshaft, the four-liter engine produced 500 bhp at 8,250 rpm, allowing the RS 4.0 to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, en route to a 193 mph top speed. The RS 4.0’s outstanding driving dynamics were the result of meticulous testing and tuning by Porsche Motorsport. In addition to utilizing motorsport-quality suspension components, the RS 4.0 incorporated carbon fiber wherever possible to keep curb weight below 3,000 lbs. A revised aerodynamic kit, including new front dive planes and an adjustable rear wing, produced 426 lbs. of downforce at top speed.
In total, only 600 examples of the GT3 RS 4.0 were built, with 158 specified for the North American market. Of these, just 36 were painted black (versus 105 painted Carrara White), making this the most sought-after production color in the collector market. This particular RS 4.0 was also specified with an extensive option list that includes a full leather interior (trimmed in black and red), red model designation on the engine lid, body color wheels, Sport Chrono package, and most importantly, Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), which alone cost $8,840. Exclusive Department options include rear center console and B-pillar carbon fiber, clear taillights, aluminum footrest, deviated color stitching, and exterior-color mirror attachments and headlight cleaners. These various Exclusive Department options added more than $6,000 to the RS 4.0’s base price.
As noted on the original window sticker, this car was delivered new to Boardwalk Porsche in Plano, Texas, where it was sold to its first owner in October 2011. Records on file indicate that the RS remained in Texas through 2016. The current owner, a collector of significant modern Porsches, recently acquired the RS 4.0 as a bookend to his superb collection of 997 GT3 RS models.
Beautifully presented in all respects and showing just over 5,200 miles from new, this Porsche is offered with its original owner’s folio, tools, keys, window sticker, certificate of authenticity, and service records. It should also be noted that a recent DME report shows zero overrevs in any range and that the Porsche Certified Pre-Owned Program covers the car through September 25, 2017. With its rare color scheme, desirable factory options, and exceptional condition, this RS 4.0 represents an exciting opportunity to acquire a superb example of the most collectible modern-day 911.