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Five Porsche 911s I’m looking forward to driving in 2015 – Lee’s choices

With our feet now firmly back under the desk at Total 911 since the start of 2015, we’ve had some time to think about the Porsche 911s we’re looking forward to driving in the year ahead. Here are Editor, Lee’s five choices:

Porsche 991 GT3
Porsche 991 GT3

We first revealed the 991 GT3 to the world nearly two years ago in issue 99 of Total 911 but, thanks to a fire or two and then the ensuing bout of recalls, I’ve still not driven one! Thankfully that’s days away from being put right and I’m already having dreams about the sound of that flat six howl at 9,000rpm…

Porsche 930 3.0-litre
Porsche 930 3.0

The first Turbo of 1975 started an icon that’s still alive more than 40 years later. I’m familiar with the seemingly omnipotent capabilities of the 991 Turbo and Turbo S, but what was it about the first Turbo that made it THE poster car of the Seventies and Eighties? I look forward to sharing my experience in the magazine.

Porsche 991.2
Porsche 991.2

It’s been well documented here on Total911.com that the new Porsche 911, due to arrive in the second half of 2015, will signal a huge revolution as Zuffenhausen’s darling sportscar goes turbocharged. I can’t wait to find out how Porsche has future-proofed the 911 without seriously blemishing its unrivalled history and reputation.

Any Porsche 964
Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6

The only 964 I drove in 2014 was a Carrera 2 Targa from the factory with less than 2,000 kilometres on the clock. I was left smitten by it and wish to experience the 3.2 Carrera’s successor again, in basic Carrera form or otherwise.

Porsche 997 GT2
Porsche 997 GT2

Simply phenomenal power delivery coupled with rear-drive only and few driver aids. The 997 GT2 is one of the last extreme turbocharged 911s and its relatively low production numbers mean only a few will experience its thrill.

Senior Staff Writer, Josh has also chosen five Porsche 911s he wants to drive in 2015. Check out his choices now.

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Poll: What is your favourite generation of Porsche 911 RS?

There have been 11 different Porsche 911 RS variations since the famous ‘Rennsport’ moniker was introduced for 1973. The have become some of the most sought after models in the 911 range and, in a few months, the 991 generation is expected to be bolstered by the 991 GT3 RS’s arrival.

Now, we want you to choose your favourite Rennsport Porsche 911 from the last 42 years. Voting will close on 13 January with the results published in issue 123 of Total 911 so get voting now!


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The ten rarest Rennsport Porsche 911s of all time

In our rundown of the eight rarest factory-built Porsche 911s of all time, only two Rennsport offerings made the countdown, despite many Zuffenhausen fans associating the RS moniker with super limited production. Now, we fill in the gaps with the top ten rarest Rennsport 911s ever.

10) Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS – 1,509 built
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There aren’t many lists where the 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS would only come tenth Zuffenhausen’s first attempt at a Rennsport 911 wasn’t as rare as later offerings. Only 500 were to be built to satisfy racing homologation yet unprecedented popularity saw over three times that eventually leave Werks II.

Get all the tech specs on the Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS in our data file section.

9) Porsche 997 GT3 RS Gen2 – 1,500 built
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With the 991 GT3 RS set to retain the compulsory PDK gearbox, the 997.2 GT3 RS has become revered as one of Porsche’s last truly analogue driver’s cars. Values have been shooting up over the last 12 months, no doubt aided by the second generation GT3 RS’s small production run.

Get all the tech specs on the Porsche 997 GT3 RS Gen2 in our data file section.

8) Porsche 997 GT3 RS Gen1 – 1,106 built
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While the Gen2 GT3 RS was undoubtedly much improved over its predecessor, the Porsche 997 GT3 RS Gen1 is the rarer find, with Zuffenhausen producing 394 fewer 3.6-litre examples between 2006 and 2007. We managed to drive both variants head-to-head in Total 911 issue 110.

Get all the tech specs on the Porsche 997 GT3 RS Gen1 in our data file section.

7) Porsche 993 Carrera RS – 1,104 built
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The Porsche 993 Carrera RS is something of a Total 911 office favourite having graced our front cover in both issue 106 and issue 119. This is despite the fact it is far from the rarest Rennsport 911. Instead, its reputation is built on its raw driving experience and air-cooled flat six.

Get all the tech specs on the Porsche 993 Carrera RS in our data file section.

6) Porsche 996 GT3 RS – 682 built
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After the 993 Carrera RS, Rennsport fans had to wait nearly a decade for the next ‘RS’ badged 911. When it eventually arrived, the ‘Carrera’ name was out, replaced by the new motorsport moniker: GT3. The 996 GT3 RS mimicked the original 2.7 RS with its two colour choices but is over twice as rare.

Get all the tech specs on the Porsche 996 GT3 RS in our data file section.

5) Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0 – 600 built
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This is it. The end of the manual GT3 RS lineage. The Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0 was one last hurrah for the analogue Rennsport and Weissach made sure it went out in style with the 4.0-litre powerplant (as seen in the Carrera Cup), a massive motorsport rear wing and just 600 examples released worldwide.

Get all the tech specs on the Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0 in our data file section.

4) Porsche 997 GT2 RS – 500 built
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As the only turbocharged production Rennsport ever produced, the Porsche 997 GT2 RS is one-of-a-kind anyway. However, increasing its allure is the fact that just 500 of these 620bhp, rear-wheel drive monsters rolled off the Stuttgart production line.

Get all the tech specs on the Porsche 997 GT2 RS in our data file section.

3) Porsche 911 3.0 Carrera RS – 109 built
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Built just one year after the iconic 2.7 RS, the Porsche 911 3.0 Carrera RS was bigger, lighter and more powerful. However, it isn’t remembered with quite the same fevour by Porsche 911 enthusiasts despite Zuffenhausen limiting production to just 109 units, making it over ten times rarer than a 2.7 RS.

Get all the tech specs on the Porsche 911 3.0 Carrera RS in our data file section.

2) Porsche 964 3.8 RS – 55 built
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The Porsche 964 Carrera 3.8 RS makes many of the other Rennsports on this list look as common as a family hatchback. With just 55 of these Turbo-bodied RSs ever built, it was one of just two Rennsport 911s to make our countdown of the eight rarest 911s ever. Only beaten by…

Get all the tech specs on the Porsche 964 3.8 RS in our data file section.

1) Porsche 911 SC RS – 20 built
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Built on a Turbo shell with lashings of fiberglass and other essential motorsport weight-savings, the Porsche 911 SC RS – unlike most Rennsport 911s – wasn’t produced to homologate a racing 911. Instead, the SC RS was designed to go rallying in the fearsome Group B at the hands of then-newcomers, Prodrive.

Get all the tech specs on the Porsche 911 SC RS in our data file section.

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Weight-saving: A Porsche 911 history

The idea of a lightweight Porsche 911 is almost as old as the iconic flat-six sports car itself. In 1967, as the era of short-wheelbase 911s drew to a close, Zuffenhuasen created the 911R.

Initially intended for production GT racing homologation, only 24 (including prototypes) were built however, the necessary 500 examples were never made and the car was discontinued after the 1967 season.

Featuring just three of the famous five dials on the dashboard, a liberal amount of fibreglass bodywork and Perspex windows, the 911R weighed just 800kg, making the standard 911L look positively obese at 1,080kg.

Porsche 911 Carrera RS M471

The next lightweight 911 came some six years later with the introduction of the M471-specification 1973 911 Carrera 2.7 RS, again intended for motorsport. The lack of equipment in the ‘Sport’ variant reduced the car’s weight to 975kg, a 100kg saving over the 1075kg ‘Touring’.

While no car would ever match the 911R’s featherweight physique, the 1974 911 Carrera RS with its 3.0-litre engine would come close, hitting the scales at 900kg thanks to thin glass, fibreglass panels and a magnesium engine casing.

This was the last production 911 to leave the factory at under a ton, with the 911 SC RS and 3.2 Clubsport growing to 1,050kg and 1,160kg respectively, the latter featuring a relatively small saving of just 50kg over the standard 911 3.2 Carrera.

964 C4 Lightweight

Into the Nineties, the standard 964 grew to a hefty 1,450kg thanks to the introduction of a four-wheel drive system. However, under the guidance of Jürgen Barth, Weissach was able to strip that back to just 1,100kg in the super rare 964 Carrera 4 Leichtbau (‘Light build’).

The original 964 RS was a further 130kg heavier upon its introduction in 1991, though 20kg was saved as the 3.8-litre version slimmed down to 1,210kg in 1993, continuing the tradition of lightweight Rennsport 911s bred for the race track.

Even the 911 Turbo wasn’t averse to some weight loss during the 964 generation as the 3.3-litre Turbo S featured 180kg of shaved mass compared to its relatively heavy, 1,470kg 964 Turbo 3.3.

Porsche 964 Turbo S

The 993 generation pushed further skywards in terms of weights, before the 996 GT3 pushed through the 1,300kg barrier while signalling a new age of weight saving. No longer was it solely the remit of 911 RSs as Porsche expanded its racing-inspired road range.

From the 996 GT3 RS to the first generation 997 GT3 RS 3.6, the lightest 911 in the range grew from 1,360kg to 1,375kg, though the last two generations of Rennsport have seen the scales dip backwards, culminating in the 1,360kg Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0.

While the 991’s extensive use of aluminium has seen the Carreras loose weight compared to their 997.2 predecessors, the 991 GT3 has reached a hefty 1,430kg thanks to the PDK gearbox and increased platform size. Where does this leave us? We should find out next year with the release of the 991 GT3 RS.

For more historical online features, check out our full selection of ‘Porsche 911 history’ articles now.

Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0

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Total 911’s weekly wallpaper giveaway – 1 November

There have been plenty of stories that have engaged your attention this week, from our Porsche 964 vs. 3.2 Carrera battle, to our rundown of the eight rarest factory-built 911s ever. Now, we’ve assembled four stunning wallpapers for you to download. Simply enlarge your favourite (or favourites) and save to your chosen device.

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The week started with these captivating Porsche 991 GT3 cutaways. We can’t take our eyes away…

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The current issue of Total 911 features this evocative, late Eighties head-to-head. Which would you choose?

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Here is Magnus Walker’s 930 collection in all its glory. After selling one, he’s now down to just four classic 911 Turbos.

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Porsche’s featherweight 911R is fourth on the list of rarest factory-produced 911. But what is number one?

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