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Porsche 997.2 W.C. GT3RS Build by GMG Racing

This Porsche 997.2 GT3 RS has got the full GMG World Challenge street/track car make-over. For those of you who are unaware of who GMG Racing is, they are currently what factory Porsche racing is now as to what ANDIAL was to Porsche racing back in the 70’s and 80’s  The two shops even happen to reside next to each other in Santa Ana, California. Now, if you are unaware of who ANDIAL is, then it’s quite possible that you are just not a Porsche guy. Fair enough. Let’s just say that Porsche has recently bought ANDIAL as their very own AMG, or M division, just to give you a smidgen of an idea. GMG races in the World Challenge series, which is North America’s premier sprint racing series with cars competing from such manufacturers as Porsche, Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Cadillac, Ford, Aston Martin, Volvo, Corvette, Mercedes, plus more. GMG has been successfully campaigning Porsche GT3 Cup cars in this series for several years now and even captured the 2010 Manufacturers Championship title for Porsche. Who then better to modify your GT3 street car for the track than a shop that wins races with them?  Enough said for now, let’s just take a moment for a break and let the pictures speak for themselves […]

Throwback Thursday: Porsche 991 GT3 RS vs rivals

At its most reductive, the idea that certain activities can “make you feel alive” is a peculiar one, especially when you consider the flipside; I have certainly never done anything that has made me feel dead. Yet this supposedly tangential notion is never more evident to me than when I am out on a racetrack, pushing a car to its limits.

The often delicate and sometimes brutal dance on the edge of adhesion from corner to corner is enough to get thousands of petrolheads’ pulses racing. It is a sensation that is intrinsically woven into the fabric at Zuffenhausen and it is, therefore, the key ingredient in what is undoubtedly the 911’s most exciting and renowned subdivision: Rennsport.

Based near the race teams in Weissach, Andreas Preuninger’s GT cars department are the current custodians of this legendary moniker. This crack squad of engineers has proven that they truly understand what is needed to create an enthralling Neunelfer experience, with a track-focussed character that is equally captivating out on the open road.

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Nowhere is this more apparent than in the 997 generation of GT3 RSs. From the 3.6-litre, first generation iteration to the instantly iconic 997 GT3 RS 4.0, Preuninger’s team never missed a beat between 2006 and 2010, somehow managing to improve on perfection with each revision

The culmination of this work was the aforementioned 4.0-litre Rennsport – a car that we concluded in issue 125 was “the king of kings”. Now though, the RS ranks have been bolstered with a new 3,996cc pretender to the RS 4.0’s throne.

The 991 GT3 RS is, on paper, the antithesis of the 997’s analogue thrills: a PDK gearbox in place of the lauded six-speed manual shifter, a flat six based (loosely) on the Carrera’s 9A1 engine rather than the motorsport-derived Mezger, and rearwheel steering in place of the previously passive back axle.

These changes have made the latest RS devastatingly effective – our first drive in issue 128 proved as much – and hugely coveted, just like its 4.0-litre 997 forebear.

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That was in isolation though; context is key here, which is why we have gathered both 4.0-litre Rennsports (as well as both previous generations of the 997 GT3 RS) together for the ultimate test on track and road.

As a supposed standard production model, the 991 is intended to be the successor to the 3.8-litre 997.2 GT3 RS. However, I’m going to start with the RS 4.0. After all, to paraphrase De La Soul, “four is the magic number”, especially in the world of water-cooled Porsches.

When it was released in 2010, I couldn’t believe that the 997 GT3 RS 4.0 was road legal. More so than any Rennsport before it, it looked like a race-ready 911. Those dive planes and that rear wing (taken straight from the 997 GT3 Cup car) have never failed to catch my attention. Yet, sat alongside its successor, my gaze is very quickly diverted towards the 991.

To read our Porsche 991 GT3 RS vs rivals group test in full, order your copy of Total 911 issue 136 online for home delivery, or download it straight to your digital device now.

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Sales debate: How will the 991 R affect the GT3 RS 4.0 market?

With PDK gearboxes now mandatory in the latest GT-badged 911s, Porsche enthusiasts have had to turn to early variants to get their self-shifting thrills. This has had a knock-on effect on the market, with values of 997 GT cars rocketing.

The undisputed king of this rise has been the 997 GT3 RS 4.0, marketed by many specialists as the last manual performance 911. However, then Porsche decided to launch the 991 R, so has the RS 4.0 had its day?

“Unless you would like to sell your RS 4.0 to me right now,” jokes Paragon Sales Executive, Jason Shepherd, “I think that if you have one of these cars it may be best to sit tight for a little while.”

Shepherd doesn’t see any major movements in the RS 4.0 market in the immediate future and nor does JZM’s Sales Director, Russ Rosenthal, despite “the 991 R throwing a spanner into Porsche’s PDK-only product planning.”

Porsche at Knockhill race circuit. Photo: James Lipman / jameslipman.com

So why are they both so sure that the GT3 RS 4.0 won’t be affected by the latest (possibly greatest) manual Neunelfer? Shepherd puts it down to the number of people interested in the 911 market right now:

“I believe that there are still enough wealthy people in the world to support the value of both cars,” he explains. The Paragon man also identifies that both cars are “worlds apart”, and both Shepherd and Rosenthal point out that the 997 GT3 RS 4.0 will still be seen as the last in a legendary line of RSs.

As Rosenthal puts it, “an end-of-the-line moment that we will never see again, in a similar vein to how the low production 1974 3.0 RS was desirable in a different way to the 1973 Carrera 2.7 RS.”

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JZM’s Sales Director also feels the premiums charged for GT3 RS 4.0s will be protected by the 991 R’s own entry into the used market, with “prices for good, left-hand drive 4.0s some way below where we expect the 991 R to debut,” according to Rosenthal.

Where does he feel that price will sit then? “Our current best guess is around the £350,000 mark to start and then settling slightly over time.” Shepherd is more cautious though, believing the R will hit the market “at £100,000 over list price.”

The Sales Executive at Paragon feels north of £200,000 will be the likely asking price “in the early days, assuming the numbers are as low in the UK as we are led to believe.”

It looks, therefore, that if you’re a GT3 RS 4.0 owner, you have nothing to fear from the 991 R. And, if you’re lucky enough to be on the list for the latter too, you will have a garage home to two of the best 911s around (and two of the safest investment-wise, too).

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: How you should treat your newly purchased 997 GT3 RS

In this day and age of ever-inflating Rennsport prices, you’d be led to believe many on the internet that everyone who now goes out and buys a Mezger-engined Porsche 911 GT3 RS is planning to keep it stowed away in an air-conditioned garage, never to see a road (let alone a track) again.

However, that is not always the case, as this video from independent specialist, RPM Technik. They recently had a customer purchase a Gen1 Porsche 997 GT3 RS and, within a few days, christen the car at a track day.

And, to prove it, here is some onboard video footage from the 997 GT3 RS as the new owner gives it a proper hiding around the Oulton Park circuit. He’s certainly not hanging about. Enjoy.

For all the latest and best Porsche 911 films, check out our dedicated video section now.

Neat Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 For Sale in Japan

A stunning Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 is available for sale in Japan at Bingo Sports, which deals in sale and purchase of imported cars. It is said that only 17 997 GT3 RS were imported to Japan, making this vehicle quite a rare commodity. The exterior body paint is in Carrara White and the interior

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Neat Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 For Sale in Japan

Porsche 997 GT3 RS vs RS 4.0: Rennsport Masters

Rennsport: it’s a fabled and oh-so evocative Porsche designation that evokes a heady assemblage of unrelenting, motorsport-derived excitement at the wheel of a sportscar.

Quite rightly, the ‘RS’ sits at the pinnacle of the 911 bloodline: it is the quintessence of automotive finesse in a road car, the rawest, purest instance of breathtaking performance on four wheels. And right now, I’m pedalling one of the best.

My hands are clasped to an Alcantara-lined steering wheel as I point the 997 GT3 RS toward London. In true RS style, the driving experience is best described as raw.

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There’s no radio or air conditioning in here (saving six and 20 kilograms respectively) and the source of all noise is behind me: thanks to a perspex rear screen, the factory-fitted titanium exhaust resonates poetically back into the cabin at even gentle acceleration past 4,000rpm.

Even on this fairly smooth blacktop, the GT3 RS’s ride is still firm. PASM (standard equipment here) is always selected when the engine is started, with switchable ‘Sport PASM’ providing shock absorber tuning for what Porsche describes as ‘high driving dynamics’.

That’s not needed just yet, but the variable suspension system nevertheless selects the appropriate damping level for each individual wheel according to a variety of parameters and conditions.

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It’s the same policy for the GT3 RS’s engine mounts with variable damping (PADM), which ranges between an almost rigid setting and a decoupling of sorts of engine from body.

As a result, every permissible camber and crevice in the road is keenly felt; even running over cat’s eyes when changing lanes throws up a distinct ‘bump and shudder’ body sensation normally only encountered in classic 911s.

Want to read on and find out how the Porsche 997 GT3 RS 3.8 stacks up against its iconic 4.0-litre Rennsport sibling? Pick up issue 125 in store now. Alternatively, order your copy online or download it straight to your digital device.

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Profitons du son de cette Porsche 911 GT3 RS

porsche 911 drift article

La Porsche 911 GT3 RS type 997 fait partie des voitures rêvées, spécialement pour son harmonie. Sharkwerks a effectué une amélioration sur ce véhicule qui lui donne un moteur de 4,1 litre. Et voilà ce que cela donne…

Vous pouvez reconnaître la voix du fameux collectionneur de Porsche, Magnus Walker, ainsi que sa Porsche 911 floquée du numéro 277. Cette vidéo fait partie des coulisses de la prochaine vidéo Evo, sur une route fermée d’un canyon, non loin de Los Angeles.

A vos oreilles, prêts, driftez.

Porsche 991 GT3 RS v 997 GT3 RS 4.0 in numbers

This week, it’s all about the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS. But how does the new Rennsport Porsche fare against the illustrious 997 GT3 RS 4.0, the car that it replaces atop the 911 tree? Here are the vital statistics so you can judge for yourself:

  Porsche 991 GT3 RS Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0
Capacity 3,996cc 3,996cc
Compression ratio 12.9:1 12.6:1
Power 500hp @ 8,250rpm 500hp @ 8,250rpm
Torque 460Nm 460Nm @ 5,750rpm
0-62mph 3.3 seconds 3.9 seconds
Top speed 193mph 193mph
Drag coefficient 0.34 0.34
Wheelbase 2,456mm 2,355mm
Length 4,545mm 4,460mm
Width 1,880mm 1,852mm
Weight 1,420kg 1,360kg
Nordschleife laptime 7m20s 7m27s
Price Starting from £131,296 Starting from £128,466

Can’t get enough of the 991 GT3 RS? You can watch the new Rennsport 911 in action, or find out the experts’ first thoughts. Alternatively you can read Josh’s latest opinion column, this week dedicated to the new 911 GT3 RS.

The Best Modern Collectors Car? $380k Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 For Sale

After bringing you no less two listings of Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0s selling for well over twice their retail prices, we’ve stumbled upon yet another with this particular example residing in Britain. It too features an asking price well …

The Best Modern Collectors Car? $380k Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 For Sale

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Used Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 Priced at $380k!

Not too long ago, we brought you the details of a gloss black Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 up for sale in Germany for 389,000 euros (the equivalent of about $440,000 in the United States). Proving that that exceptionally high …

Used Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 Priced at $380k

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