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2.7RS Touring vs Lightweight

For many Porsche enthusiasts, the 1973 2.7 RS is the early 911 at its peak. It was the first road-going Porsche to wear the Rennsport badge, and indeed the first 911 called ‘Carrera’. Its legacy is enviable, its influence incalculable. Andreas Preuninger – godfather of every RS since the 996 GT3 – even had one on his bedroom wall.

The 2.7 RS story begins with the demise of the 917. After an illustrious career, including two Le Mans wins, Porsche’s sports car racer was outlawed in 1972. In search of a sequel and keen to stimulate sales, engineering director Ernst Fuhrmann set his sights on the 911. 500 such examples were required to homologate a race-ready version for FIA Group 4: a legend was born.

Porsche used the 2.4-litre 911S, the quickest 911 at the time, as the basis for the RS. Its air-cooled flat six was bored out to 2,681cc, with low-friction Nikasil cylinder linings helping boost power from 193bhp to 213hp at 6,300rpm. Torque jumped up too, from 211Nm to 255Nm at 5,100rpm.

More significantly, the car was subjected to a crash diet, with thinner body panels, lighter bumpers and a complete absence of creature comforts. This cut weight to just 975kg in original RS Sport spec models (factory code M471) – usually called Lightweight or RSL. Many customers craved a little luxury, though, and after the initial 200 Lightweights were built (plus an additional 17 RSH homologation cars), Porsche acquiesced with a further 1,308 RS Tourings (factory code M472, or RST): better equipped and 100kg heavier. It’s the spec differences between these two versions we’ll focus on here.

Seeing one 2.7 RS quickens the pulse, but the sight of two in convoy, blatting boisterously up a B road, is enough to give any Porsche fan palpitations. ABW 356L is a fully-restored 1973 Lightweight owned by Nick Hart. ABW 131L, separated by just a few chassis numbers and with a near-identical number plate, is a 1973 Touring, kindly supplied by Autofarm.

What makes this classic coming together even more special is that both cars are Light Ivory with blue decals: arguably the most iconic colour combination for Porsche’s most iconic car. Interestingly, the two features that define the ‘RS look’ today – the ducktail spoiler and Carrera side script – were both delete options, although it’s rare to find a 2.7 RS without them.

The two 911s pull over, the clamour of 12 horizontally opposed cylinders suddenly silenced. At first glance they look all but identical. However, an impromptu game of ‘spot the difference’, led by Autofarm director Mikey Wastie, quickly reveals they’re anything but.

To read the full in-depth feature of our 2.7 Carrera RS Touring v Lightweight test, pick up a copy of Total 911 issue 158 here or download from Newsstand. 

How to Drive a 2.7 RS at the Limit

 

Evo contributor and world-class driver, Richard Meaden, shows us just how to extract every iota of oomph from a tangerine orange 2.7 RS in this display of driving brilliance. Not only is this car the beginning of the RS lineup, but it’s a narrow-tired, lightweight, and powerful track-oriented car with all the idiosyncrasies these cars are known for.

At a mere 2,425 pounds, the 2.7 RS is a svelte machine and that, among other things, contributes to the very acute sensation of the engine sitting between the rear haunches and quietly running the show. Meaden notes, « it’s not something that makes your palms sweat straight away, just makes you scratch your head a little bit, and try and interpret what the car’s responses mean; which ones you have to listen to, which ones you can ignore, which ones you need to try and drive around. »

That, essentially, is why these cars are so involving: they make the driver and their technique the determinants of the overall performance. It’s a hackneyed term, but the 2.7 RS really is a driver’s car. It’s limited by the front axle, and it needs a real prod on corner entry to work well.

How comfortable you are with oversteer, how willing and capable you are to use that weight to your advantage, and how gutsy you are on entry determines both yours and the Porsche’s success through a given corner. Meaden throws the 911 in with a jab of the steering, off throttle, and coaxes the rear around to negate any infuriating understeer and slide neatly through the corner.

It seems that the only real challenge Meaden had was carrying enough speed into the corner—getting the Porsche to pivot perfectly through the middle of the corner requires enough momentum, perfect timing, and a generous helping of guts.

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Survivor: 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Lightweight

This 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Lightweight was the subject of a sympathetic restoration by the Porsche marque experts at Autofarm in the U.K. What came to be known as the “Beirut RS”, we cannot fathom a truer poster child automobile that defines the term “survivor” better than this. During the war in Lebanon in the mid 80’s, a mortar shell hit the building that this rare car was being stored in and part of the structure fell on top of the car. The car was entombed until it was more recently resurrected by property developers who contacted the original owner’s family asking what they wanted to do with it… During the war, the car had been put away but it’s owner but he never returned from his volunteer work driving an ambulance. The family had since moved out of the country, but the car remained until one day the building was being rebuilt and it’s developers wanted to know what they should do with the unearthed car. So, after some ridiculously insulting low ball offers, a friend of the family was contacted and he informed them of what the car was really worth. He ended up purchasing it himself […]

1973 Brumos Porsche 911 S Current Restoration/Build Thread

There’s a really interesting 1973 Porsche 911 S home garage build thread currently unfolding on PellicanParts.com, which can be found linked on the following page. For those of you who want to be caught up to date with the Cliff Notes version first, all you got to do is continue reading here for the highlights before jumping in. The project starts with a long hood which was originally built by Florida based championship race winning Brumos Porsche as their own iteration of a factory lightweight RS or Clubsport package car. It includes an actual genuine “retired” IROC 3.0 RSR engine that was first installed back in ’74, the crown jewel of this project. Since it is being rebuilt as a street car still, forum member/car owner “chriskimmelshue” is keeping it’s electric sunroof and windows, heat and carpet and is building it exactly to his spec, regardless of others are suggesting he does with the rare race engine or original Brumos history, and here’s how it is going down… First things first, the car gets stripped down and media blasted only to reveal the disaster of a weld job of it’s 9″ and 11″ flares that it previously received at some […]

’73 Porsche 911 T – Road trip nocturne au Japon

Ca vous tente un p’tite balade nocturne, sur les routes de Shonan, bourgade japonaise à une cinquantaine de bornes de Tokyo ? Attention, pas à bord d’un Vtec excité ou d’une propu échappée d’Initial D… Non, ce coup-ci c’est au volant d’un aircooled teuton. Vous m’voyez venir… une Porsche 911 T de 1973. Oui, on […]

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Nine gorgeous Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS details

While many Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RSs now languish in air-conditioned garages, the example featured in the latest issue has lived an active life, participating in numerous races and rallies over the years.

Top Total 911 snapper, Ali Cusick captured some stunning shots of this regularly exercised Rennsport and, while we didn’t really need any excuse, we thought that was reason enough to share this gorgeous gallery of details:

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To read our full test drive of this regularly exercised Rennsport, pick up Total 911 issue 147 in store today. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery, or download it straight to your digital device now.

Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS: Rennsport for the Road

The history of the iconic Porsche 911 Carrera RS of 1973 is as lengthy as it is fascinating. Introduced to the public at the Paris Motor Show in October 1972, it was a typical example of early 1970s motor trends, ushering in a brave new outlook on life, characterised by loud and colourful products.

The RS was a motoring pioneer from launch, its illustrious reputation carried forward with distinction right to the present day, where it is regarded as one of Porsche’s most iconic 911s.

It is remarkable, then, to think that initially Porsche was worried about selling even the first batch of 500 cars: in their calculation of expected market demand, the rather conservative marketing department estimated that they should make only the required 500 homologation units of the new Carrera RS.

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Concerned that they would otherwise sit with large quantities of unsold vehicles, the RS was priced at just DM 34,000 (about £5,230) compared to the DM 31,180 (about £4,800) for the 2.4-litre 911 S.

Although the Carrera RS was aimed at the sporting fraternity, the marketing department hoped that many of them would find homes as road-going cars, thus boosting sales.

When most of the first batch of 500 cars sold out soon after the Paris launch, a second batch of 500 was authorised by Ferry Porsche. When they too cleared the order books, a third batch was commissioned, resulting in 1,590 units being produced in just ten months.

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With the benefit of hindsight, we might wonder why Porsche didn’t commit to a much bigger production run but, at the time, this model represented a big step for the company.

The Carrera RS was the first 911 to wear the ‘Carrera’ badge, a name which drew on the brand’s early days competing in the Carrera Panamericana race in the 1950s. This model was also the first road-going car to feature the ‘RS’ moniker (this stood for Rennsport or Racing Sport), a powerful indicator of the car’s sporting potential and ability to go racing.

Although the Carrera 2.7 RS was only around 12mph faster than the 2.4-litre 911S, the bigger-engined car was 42mm wider in an effort to cope with much higher cornering speeds.

To read our full drive of this raced and rallied 2.7 RS, pick up Total 911 issue 147 in store today. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery or download it straight to your digital device now.

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Video: A history of the Porsche 911 Targa

 

In 2017, the Porsche 911 Targa – the original open top Neunelfer – will reach its 50th birthday, a remarkable milestone for a model that was originally devised to meet safety regulations that were, ultimately, never implemented.

To celebrate the upcoming anniversary, we’ve decided to look back over the Targa’s half a century of history in our latest video, taking you through the evolution of the model from 1967 right through to the latest 991.2 Targa 4S.

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Our five-minute flick also stars a 1974 Porsche 911 Targa from esteemed specialist, Canford Classics, the original impact bumper iteration showing how the latest open-top Neunelfers has both changed and been inspired by Zuffenhausen’s iconic roll hoop design.

We’ve put the two idiosyncratic roof systems to the test too and, if you missed our road trip with the 991.2 version in Total 911 issue 142, Features Editor, Josh gives you his opinion from behind the wheel of the new 911 Targa to see if turbocharging has improved the alfresco driving experience.

For more of the latest and best Porsche 911 videos, check out our dedicated film section now.

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Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS v 3.0 RS: Improving The Breed

Up ahead, Total 911 Editor, Lee, is having a very good day at work. How can I tell just from looking at the back of his head? Well, he’s behind the wheel of a genuine, first 500, M471 ‘Sport’ specification 2.7 RS, and no one can have a bad day when in the driver’s seat of such a legendary 911.

It’s even finished in Grand Prix white with the blue side script and colour-coded Fuchs. With the sun glinting off the famous bürzel, it looks sublime. At this particular moment, I’d wager that I’m having an even better time though, and not just thanks to the glorious view of the original Rennsport shooting up the road ahead of me.

You see, Lee may be at the helm of a 2.7 RS, but in a game of very expensive Top Trumps, I have one-upped him on this occasion by precisely 307cc. The 3.0 RS that I’m currently piloting through the Essex lanes was launched just a year after Lee’s car and yet, it is often forgotten in debates regarding RS royalty.

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However, from all objective perspectives, the 1974 Carrera RS is the better car. Maybe it is the 3.0-litre car’s incredible rarity that has turned it into a forgotten hero – just 109 cars were built (51 were full racing spec RSRs) – or maybe there is something more intangible that has elevated the 2.7 RS onto its pedestal among the Porsche gods. That’s what today’s family reunion is all about.

Getting these two Rennsport legends on the same stretch of tarmac has not been easy; over the last half a century, Zuffenhausen has released nearly 900,000 Neunelfers into the wild, with 2.7 RS M471s and 3.0 RSs accounting for a mere 258 of these.

If my maths is correct, the probability of getting these two together was one in 75 million! Those are some pretty long odds but, after nearly two years of searching, we finally did it. And, bloody hell, is it worth it.

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Short of chasing down Jürgen Barth in a 964 RS, my pursuit of the 2.7 RS from the cockpit of its 3.0-litre successor is the surrealist experience I’ve enjoyed during my three years in this job.

As if to make the whole thing even more incredible, I’m strapped into the lightweight Recaro bucket seat, shifting with my left hand in one of only six right-hand-drive 1974 RSs ever made. It’s not just the orientation of the steering wheel that makes this particular 3.0 RS so special either.

Currently owned by ex-historic racing ace, Nigel Corner, chassis no. 099 was originally ordered by Lord Alexander Hesketh, head of the eponymous racing team that vaulted James Hunt to Formula One stardom in 1973.

To read our Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS v 3.0 RS head-to-head in full, pick up Total 911 issue 145 in store today. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery, or download it straight to your digital device now.

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Sales Spotlight: Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS

It’s been five months and one day since we started our Sales Spotlight feature and, in that time, we’ve showcased a number of incredible Neunelfers, from Turbo Ss to GT3s. One particularly iconic Porsche 911 has evaded the glare of the Sales Spotlight though. Until now, that is…

The Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS – the original Rennsport 911 – needs no introduction on these pages. The first factory-built production Porsche 911 built purely with competition in mind, the 2.7 RS has gone down in the history books as the car that cemented the Neunelfer’s sporting pedigree.

This particular 1973 Carrera RS – currently for sale through prestige Porsche specialist, Maxted-Page – is one of just 93 right-hand drive cars (out of an overall total of 1,590 2.7 RSs) that found their way to the UK’s shores.

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What’s more, of various possible Rennsport colour schemes, chassis no. 509 is in perhaps the most recognisable livery: Grand Prix White with blue ‘Carrera’ decals and matching Fuchs alloy wheels.

Originally, supplied by Maltins Car Concessionaires of Henley-on-Thames, this 911 Carrera 2.7 RS has passed through eight different owners since first being registered to Gerald Patrick Stonhill of Oxford in March 1973.

The eighth (and latest) owner bought the car through Maxted-Page in 2010, the car being comprehensively looked after at both Autofarm and Maxted-Page, with a raft of improvements made, including a recent suspension overhaul, gearbox rebuild, new paint and remedial bodywork, plus a full service.

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An M472 ‘Touring’ spec car, this 1973 Carrera RS comes complete with Recaro sports seats for both the driver and passenger, as well as electric windows and a heated rear-screen (all as per the original bill of sale).

While prices for this iconic Neunelfer have stabilised over the last year, this particular example (with a fantastically complete history) still represents a great investment while also providing one of the most enthralling Porsche 911 driving experiences around.

For more information on this Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS, head to Maxted-Page’s website where the rest of their incredible Porsche stock can also be viewed.

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