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911 GT2 3.6 – 530 ch [2008 à 2010]

The 997 GT2 Is The Porsche 911 No One Is Talking About

It’s also the one to buy.

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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.

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Hillclimb Monster : Porsche 911GT2 – Et 911… c’est le nombre de ch ! (Vidéo)

Le Hillclimb c’est simple, partir d’un point A, pour rejoindre un point B un peu plus en altitude et mettre le minimum de temps entre les 2… Le challenge est ardu puisqu’il y a du monde pour tenter sa chance. Et bien certains s’amusent, en plus, à essayer de le réaliser avec des engins totalement […]

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Cet article Hillclimb Monster : Porsche 911GT2 – Et 911… c’est le nombre de ch ! (Vidéo) est apparu en premier sur De l’essence dans mes veines.

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Shift-S3ctor Porsche 911 GT2 With Vorsteiner Wheels

Vorsteiner has just finished fitting a set of its impressive Flow Forged V-FF 104 wheels to a modified Porsche 911 GT2 courtesy of Shift-S3ctor. These particular Vorsteiner V-FF 104 wheels measure 20×9 at the front and 20×12 at the rear, are adorned with a Carbon Graphite finish and complemented with the company’s limited edition red

Shift-S3ctor Porsche 911 GT2 With Vorsteiner Wheels

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997 GT2: the last Widowmaker

The words provoke an awkward shuffle in my seat. “This road is the most dangerous in the UK according to the Road Safety Foundation,” I’m told as I shoot along the A285, a fast yet twisty route from Petworth to Chichester. It’s not the thought of the ill-fated road that’s caused my buttocks to clench though. Despite tackling the sweeping bends while carrying good speed, it’s the vehicle I’m in that’s the source of mild worry.

The 997 GT2 is the last in a long line of fearsome turbocharged Porsche 911s, served according to the usual GT2 recipe of big power garnished with minimal traction assistance. It’s a 911 that only the bravest of drivers dare pilot at the best of times, let alone on what my passenger has declared a road that’s a magnet for trouble. I Best keep my wits about me as I suss out this potent Porsche, then.

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Launched in 2007 as successor to the 996, the 997 GT2 is seemingly the last of its kind, throwing a mighty 530 horses of brutal forced-induction power at the road via the rear wheels only. Mediators in this 911-shaped fracas are the six-speed G97/88 gearbox as found in the GT3 (albeit with different ratios), along with lenient stability and traction controls, both of which can be turned off separately or altogether.

As scintillating as it is terrifying, the very remit of the GT2 is decidedly against anything Porsche currently offers in the 991 generation, where all GT models use the admittedly magnificent PDK semi-automatic gearbox and active rear-wheel steering, while all-wheel drive is bestowed upon any blown variant. Such huge engineering revisions to the chassis and drivetrain of new GT models makes the 997 GT2 feel like a comparable classic already – and it’s not yet a decade old, don’t forget.

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1,242 997 GT2s were built from 2007 to 2009, each costing £131,000 plus options. Despite a £30,000 levy over the Gen1 997 Turbo, the fire-breathing GT2 lured wallets from the pockets of many who found appeal in a 911 boasting elements of both Turbo and GT3 in its DNA.

The GT3 cues are obvious from the outset. While the feel of the soft Alcantara-lined steering wheel does justice to invoke visual connotations of its naturally aspirated GT sister, substance of the mechanicals between it and the wheels is provided by the time the first apex has been aimed at. The car’s steering is exquisitely weighted and makes for a glorious ode to the merits of mechanical power assistance.

To read more on our celebration of the 911 GT2, including our road test in 996 and 997 variants, as well as exclusive comments from Porsche on the 991, pick up Total 911 issue 127 in store now. Alternatively, you can order it for home delivery, or download it straight to your digital device.

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