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991.2 GT3 v 991.1 GT3 RS: which is better for £150k?

The ever-changing nature of the Porsche marketplace often throws up some interesting conundrums for the 911 buyer. As values of separate models fluctuate, they often combine to bring about new scenarios for those in the market to consider: ‘What’s around for my £100,000?’ for example. Right now there are many different choices of 911s available at many different price points. As a case in point, for £40,000 you could choose anything
from a G-series classic, to a 996 Turbo, to a 997.2 Carrera S right now. The market’s constant evolution means different cars move in and out of the equation, whatever your budget. It’s what keeps things interesting, in many ways.

As another case in point, only five years ago we ran a head-to-head road test in this very magazine asking which was the better Turbo for your £60,000: 993 or 997.1? Today the 993 is worth at least double that, while a 997.1 can be had for £50,000.

Market circumstance has dictated the 991.2 GT3 and 991.1 GT3 RS have been trading hands for roughly the same money for a while now, so the question we’ve routinely found levied in our direction in the past year is thus: ‘Which is the better buy for my £150,000; a Gen2 991 GT3 or Gen1 991 GT3 RS?’

Really, there are multiple answers to the question, and it all comes down to what you’ll do with the car. We’ve therefore assessed both the 991.2 GT3 and 991.1 GT3 RS over three practical categories, investment potential, track day use, and on the road, which covers all possible ownership intentions.

For the full article on the 991.1 GT3 RS v 991.2 GT3, pick up your copy of Total 911 issue 174 in shops now, or get the issue delivered direct to your door via here. You can also download our hi-res digital edition, featuring bonus galleries, to any Apple or Android device. 

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Porsche 991 GT3 RS first drive

As confidence leaps go it’s a huge one, the uphill, unsighted right-hander climbing out of a bomb-hole that’s similar to the ‘Seca Corkscrew in gradient, and no less challenging.

We remember it well, the 911 Turbo feeling flighty at the peak, requiring every bit of nerve to keep it lit and ride out the slight transition to oversteer at comical speeds – just as the suspension lifted and gravity’s hold was relinquished by the force of a turbocharged flat six and the crest of a right-hander.

In the new GT3 RS the corner is no less senior, but very different. The homologation hooligan’s aero makes all the difference and keeps it tidier, even at the same speeds that the 991 Turbo managed.

2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS carbon bonnet

We’re at Bilster Berg, Germany, which is a challenging track for any car and driver. We’ve been here once before in that Turbo (and Turbo S), and now there’s a Porsche reprise, as it’s where we get our world first drive in the 991 GT3 RS.

There are some worried-looking faces from the Porsche hierarchy that the rather tight, heavily cambered track might not be the best place to demonstrate the GT3 RS’s entire repertoire.

And for the first time ever in a Porsche event, there’s an edict that the stability and traction control systems are to remain on. Is this a tacit admission that the GT3 RS is a handful? The discussion prior to our test is that the GT3 RS is, and has to be, more distinct than the GT3.

New Porsche 911 GT3 RS first drive

In the metal, it’s most certainly true: that much is obvious from the looks alone. There’s no badging and no fancy contrasting livery to denote this limited-run RS model. It doesn’t need it.

Twice we’ve seen the 991 GT3 RS on motorshow stands, but nothing prepares you for the visual assault the modified, lighter, magnesium-roofed, bewinged and vented Turbo-bodied RS represents. More than ever before, the RS looks like it’s been de-numbered after an endurance race.

To read our pulse-racing first drive of the awesome new Porsche 991 GT3 RS in full, pick up Total 911 issue 128 in store now. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery, or download it straight to your digital device.

Porsche 991 GT3 RS in car

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See the new Porsche 991 GT3 RS in action on road and track

You’ve read all about the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS by now and, like us, we’re sure you’re raring to hear that new 4.0-litre flat six engine howling. You’ve come to the right place as we’ve just got hold of this press video showing the car in action on both track and road.

Unlike many new car promos (including some of those made by Porsche) this particular film features plenty of the Porsche 991 GT3 RS’s rasping exhaust note (certainly enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up in anticipation).

As we’ve got to wait until around May to get behind the wheel of this 500hp Rennsport missile, for now, we’ll be watching this on repeat. Enjoy.

Porsche 991 GT3 RS

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