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From a Private Porsche Collection | Less Than 150 Miles From New | One of Only 158 US Specification ExamplesOriginal Owner (acquired new in 2011 via Ray Catena Porsche)Current Owner
Unveiled in 1999, the GT3 represented a return to form for Porsche – it was the latest in a distinguished line of high-performance, normally aspirated 911 models built to satisfy both international racing regulations and hardcore sports car enthusiasts. In 2003, following four years of continued development, Porsche released the track-focused GT3 RS, thereby linking the GT3 to the legendary homologation specials that preceded it – the Carrera RS 2.7, the SC/RS, and the 964 RS 3.8.
With the new 997 series, Porsche continued to develop the GT3 RS, with displacement increasing to 3.8 liters from 3.6 in the second-generation model. In 2011, Porsche unveiled the final and ultimate evolution of the 997 GT3 – the RS 4.0. It was immediately hailed as one of the greatest sports cars ever built and, in the years since, has come to be recognized an undisputed classic.
With the RS 4.0, Porsche engineers created a thinly veiled road-going version of the latest GT3 racing car, which had already captured numerous victories at the highest levels of international competition.
Like all GT3s, the RS 4.0 was powered by the brilliant Mezger flat-six engine, the basic architecture of which can be found in successful endurance racers such as the 962 and 911 GT1, as well as the 959 supercar. For the RS 4.0, Porsche used the crankshaft from the contemporary RSR race car and increased the stroke by 4 mm. The M97/74 engine, still the largest engine Porsche has ever offered in a street-legal 911, produced an incredible 500 bhp at 8,250 rpm, allowing the 4.0 RS to accelerate from 0–60 mph in 3.5 seconds, en route to 193 mph flat out.
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 made extensive use of carbon fiber, keeping curb weight under 3,000 lbs. The RS 4.0 also benefited from the latest aerodynamic kit, including new front dive planes and an adjustable rear wing, which contributed 426 lbs. of downforce at top speed.
While testing the RS 4.0 for EVO magazine, popular automotive journalist Chris Harris exclaimed: “So what is the thrill of driving? For me, it’s a four-liter RS… This is driving at its rawest and most basic. 500 horsepower from a normally aspirated, four-liter flat six, a stick between the seats, a steering wheel, get on with it!”
In total, only 600 examples of the GT3 RS 4.0 were built, with just 158 specified for the North American market. Of these, a mere 36 were painted black (versus 105 painted Carrara White), making this the most sought-after production color in the collector market.
The RS 4.0 presented here is a truly exceptional example of Porsche’s most revered modern-day 911. Notably, this car is one of only 12 North American models originally ordered with “Deletion of Audio System CDR-3” – Porsche speak for “radio delete.” Of the 12 documented examples, this RS 4.0 is one of just two finished in black. The appearance is even more striking because of its optional factory black-painted wheels and upgraded full leather and Alcantara interior.
This RS 4.0 was also specified with an extensive option list that includes a red model designation on the engine lid, interior-color floor mats, automatically dimming interior lights, and the desirable front-axle lifting system. Exclusive Department options include clear taillights, leather-covered steering column and rear console, carbon fiber trim on the B pillars, deviated exterior color for the headlamp cleaning system, and deviated stitching throughout the interior, including the dashboard, center console, door panels, and pull handles. These various options added more than $12,000 to the RS 4.0’s base price.
According to factory records, this car was completed on September 27, 2011, and then delivered to Ray Catena Porsche in Edison, New Jersey. The RS 4.0 was delivered to its first owner with 45 miles and has been driven 85 miles since. At the time of cataloguing, the odometer displayed 134 original miles. With the exception of clear film protection – applied when the car was delivered – it remains completely original and unmodified, just as it left the factory in fall 2011.
Consistent with its as-new, showroom condition, this RS 4.0 is offered with its original owner’s folio (containing all books and manuals), tools, keys, window sticker, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, PCNA build sheet, and service records.
In consideration of its unique lightweight specification, exceptional as new condition, and extraordinarily low mileage, this is a superb RS 4.0 and one modern Porsche that will surely appeal to the most discriminating audience.