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2002 Porsche 996 GT2 “RSR” by 911Design

This 2002 Porsche 996 GT2 “RSR” is the subject of an on-going, 4 year active project by 911Design in an effort to build one of the most extreme street/track 911 GT2’s, possibly of all time. The custom fabrication craftsmanship and attention to detail in the suspension, engine and brakes, and all of it’s associated hardware is just absolute art. No posing here. In it’s final iteration, the 3.8 Twin Turbo engine was dynoed at 843 rwhp at 1.1 bar while running 100 octane race fuel. The transmission of choice to handle all of that power was a sequential gearbox from Cartonics in Germany, with steel synchros and revised ratios. Since engine rebuilds are not cheap at an estimated $40k-$50k, the redline was set to “only” 8600 rpm. Loren Beggs, of 911 Design (www.nine11design.com) in Los Angeles, California and suspension guru Cary Eisenlohr of ERP are legends in the Porsche 911 race car world who can be given credit for creating this particular beast for car owner and 6speenonline.com member “1badGT2”. Over the course of approximately 4 years, the discussion of this monster has grown to 55 pages, and counting. With a street car build as wild as this it can be expected to ask why he […]

Sales debate: Why are 996 GT2s undervalued compared to 993 and 997 GT2s?

For a while now, 993 GT2s have sat near the top of the financial tree as one of the most expensive production Porsche 911s on the collector’s market; expect to pay upwards of £500,000 ($675,450) for a nice example of the original widowmaker. The 993’s successor, the 996 GT2, has lagged behind value-wise though.

A year or so ago, a water-cooled GT2 could be found for under £60,000 ($81,000), making it one of our Neunelfers to buy in issue 126’s investor’s special, and, despite a price rise proving us right, they still languish behind 993 and 997 widowmakers.

“There’s quite a handful of them on the market right now,” says Porsche specialist Lee Maxted-Page, “and they’re in a spread between £100,000 to £150,000 ($135,00 to $202,000).”

With just 173 examples of the 993 GT2 built compared to the 996’s production run of 1,287, is this price gap purely down to the numbers available?

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“No,” Maxted-Page confirms. “996 GT2s are still very low production cars as there were 129 UK cars built between 2001-04: 16 in 2001, 66 in 2002, 31 in 2003 and then 16 Gen2s in 2004.”

However, despite the 996’s prowess as a driver’s car, Maxted-Page feels it can’t be compared to the 993, the latter a “proper homologated car for Le Mans.” Mark Sumpter from Paragon agrees, pointing to the 996’s lack of racing pedigree as a key reason why its value lagged far behind the 993 GT2.

While Sumpter points out that the relative abundance of 996s does, rightfully, have an effect on the GT2 price gap, he feels that as the 996 is “a decade newer than the 993, the water-cooled car hasn’t hit ‘classic’ values yet.”

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It’s one of the reasons why Sumpter believes “good, original-spec 996 GT2s will continue to appreciate”, making them a good purchase despite the price hike they’ve enjoyed over the last year.

Maxted-Page agrees: “A lot of this water-cooled stuff has taken more time to appreciate than the air-cooled stuff,” he says. “But recently, the focus has been on Turbos, from the early 930s right the way through.”

As the 911 enters a new turbocharged era, Maxted- Page feels that interest is only going one way: “Low mileage, factory original cars have the potential to be valued in the £150,000 to £200,000 ($202,000 to $270,000) bracket.”

Sumpter is even more optimistic and claims, “a low-mileage, perfect car may get to £250,000 ($337,600) in the next two or three years.” He adds, “I think they will settle at around one third of the price of a good 993 GT2.” Good news if you thought you’d missed the water-cooled widowmaker boat.

For market advice on any generation or style of Porsche 911, check out our full selection of sales debates, where we ask the 911 experts the pertinent market questions so you don’t have to.

Video: Porsche 996 GT2 v GT3 RS – our verdict

In issue 143, the two flagship Mezger-engined Porsche 996s went head-to-head. Now Lee gives his verdict. Will it be Rennsport or turbocharging that wins him over?

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Mounted in some of the finest water-cooled Porsche 911s ever made, the venerable ‘Mezger’ engine worked its way in Zuffenhausen legend during its 13-year tenure.

Unlike some Zuffenhausen icons, it did not take long for famed flat six – renowned for its razor-sharp throttle response and machine gun howl – to make its mark on Porsche’s faithful band of enthusiasts.

Introduced under the decklid of the first generation Porsche 996 GT3, the Mezger was thrust firmly into the limelight, its celebrity status only enhanced by its installation in the 996 GT3 RS and the turbocharged 996 GT2.

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In many ways, the first water-cooled generation of Neunelfer is responsible for cementing the Mezger mythology, one of the reasons why we chose to celebrate the iconically-engined Porsche 996s in issue 143 of Total 911.

Among the brace of GT3s and the hugely popular Turbo, the stars of our Porsche 996 cover shoot were undoubtedly the 996 GT3 RS and GT2, pitted head-to-head in a test of turbocharged might versus Rennsport agility.

Now, in our latest video, you can watch Total 911 Editor, Lee come to a definitive verdict. Which form of Mezger will he choose? You’ll just have to watch in order to find out.

 

For more of the best and latest Porsche films, check out our dedicated video section now. To read our ‘Best of 996’ feature, download Total 911 issue 143 straight to your digital device today.

Best of the Porsche 996

There are two core elements that create a collectable 996-generation 911. The first is the obvious requirement of rarity. Limited numbers 911s always make the cut. The second is the Mezger engine.

This core element, carried over and constantly evolved and updated through the timeline of the 911, creates a tempo, a personality that utterly transforms the 996.

At a moment in the 911’s history when the faithful may have wavered in the face of a water-cooled car, the Mezger-engined 911s showed that Porsche still understood its enthusiast driver market. They are and always will be something special, as Total 911 finds out when putting all five dry-sumped 996s to the test.

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For anyone investing in Mezger-engined 996 Porsches, the GT3 RS has long been the default choice. Iconic in appearance and exceptionally rare, the 996 GT3 RS was a collectable for Porsche enthusiasts well before the current global 911 collecting phenomenon.

But there are other 911s of that era produced in limited numbers that are equally collectable, just as challenging to drive, and in some ways could be more satisfying to own.

We are talking, of course, about the 996 GT2 – and with both cars currently commanding the same money in the Porsche marketplace, suddenly a GT2 vs GT3 RS is a 996 showdown many serious buyers may look to ponder over.

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Introduced in 2001 and intended for those who felt the 996 Turbo was just too civilised, the GT2 uses essentially the same engine as the Turbo but with larger KKK K24 turbochargers.

Together with uprated intercoolers, a revised exhaust system and ECU, the maximum power increased to 468bhp. The huge torque figure of 620Nm at just 3,500rpm was all delivered to the rear wheels only and the ever-reliable Porsche Stability Management was deleted. With the GT2 it’s all down to you.

The fact that almost every 996 GT2 that I’ve seen is finished in Basalt black makes the Porsche development engineer’s nickname for the car of ‘widowmaker’ particularly apt, as we walk over to the stunning GT2 Clubsport in our pictures.

To read our celebration of Mezger-engined Porsche 996s, pick up Total 911 issue 143 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 996 GT2

The first five instalments of our new Porsche Sales Spotlight online feature have all showcased the earlier, air-cooled patrons of the iconic 911. This week though, we’re stepping into the water-cooled era with some aplomb – thanks to the 996 GT2.

Currently for sale at esteemed Porsche specialists Paragon – winners of Best Independent Porsche Specialist for Sales at the 2015 Total 911 Awards, no less – this GT2 makes for a sublime performance Porsche and is already a true modern classic.

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Finished in Arctic silver, Paragon’s GT2 is well specced, with a rear factory roll cage complementing the standard spec including a limited slip differential and Porsche Carbon Ceramic Brakes. The factory bucket seats, offering a supreme hold around the torso while catering for wide shoulders, have had the Porsche logo embossed into the headrests as another optional extra.

Most shouldn’t need reminding as to the GT2’s supremacy hailing from the fact its flat six is derived from the 1998 Le Mans-winning 911 GT1, with a ferocious 460hp of turbocharged firepower fed via a six-speed manual gearbox to the rear wheels only. To make proceedings a little more interesting, the GT2 comes with no such driver aids enjoyed by its turbocharged sister in the 996 Turbo.

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There is, however, also a more humble side to this widdowmaker. Fitted with air conditioning and cruise control, this 996 GT2 is the epitome of Butzi’s brief for a 911 to be able to thrill on the track and comfort on the way to the cinema. Stainelss steel kick plates and and an extensive Arctic silver interior package finish the car off nicely and, with 48,992 miles on the clock, Paragon’s example is well priced too at £119,995 – as our 2016 collector’s issue will tell you, we believe there’s still some way to go for the 996 GT2 yet.

To check out this Porsche 996 GT2 in more detail, or to see more of the Porsche 911s on offer at Paragon Porsche, visit their website now.

Porsche 911 GT2: the definitive history

GT2. Fairly anonymous characters in isolation, but very special indeed when applied to the rump of a 911 – special enough, in fact, to have Porschephiles dribbling with anticipation at their very mention.

It’s a moniker that stemmed from Porsche’s desire to homologate the 911 for racing, and has since gone some way to creating a legacy of being the most ferocious Porsche 911 to grace the public road.

The introduction of the 993 was already something of a sea-change in the 911’s evolution compared to the outgoing 964, and it would also be the first sports car to sport the GT2 badge.

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First sold in 1995, what you had here was a thinly disguised racer that took the already phenomenal Turbo model, junked the four-wheel-drive hardware, added yet more power and was then put on a weight diet.

The result was a twin-turbocharged and intercooled motor that, shorn of its catalytic convertors, managed a heady 430bhp and 540Nm of torque.

Performance figures varied depending on the source, but think 190mph and a four-second dash to 60mph, and you’d be close; terrifyingly quick in a car that was as raw as 911s came. Make no mistake, the GT2 took skill and concentration to get the best from.

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The rest of the mechanical specification was equally tasty, the GT2 receiving the gearbox and brakes from the Turbo and tweaked suspension that made more use of solid bushings and added adjustability.

But it was the exterior that perhaps drew the most gasps at launch, Porsche ditching any pretence of subtlety. Adorning the new car was a body kit that verged on the brutal, adding a ground-scraping front air dam, a bi-plane rear spoiler and bolted-on wheel arch extensions.

To read the full history of the Porsche 911 GT2, including its later water-cooled years, Total 911 issue 113 is available to order online for half price. Alternatively, download it straight to your digital device now.

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Ferrari F40 vs Porsche GT2 vs Lamborghini Diablo

Track Battle

We all know about shows like Top Gear, Fifth Gear and hell, even Fast N Loud. But there’s another automotive program that actually trumps every single one of them. It’s called Best Motoring and it’s featured only in Japan. The show pits super-cars against each other in no-holds-barred track battles that are truly epic. What you are about to see has been out for awhile, however once you hit the play button I think you’ll forget about that. Think Ferrari F40 vs Porsche GT2 vs Lamborghini Diablo vs GT3 RS vs Ferrari 355 vs Nissan GT-R vs Ferrari F50. Crazy right! Check it out after the jump.

Source: Youtube.com

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