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Seven stunning shots of a Porsche 993 GT2 in the Alpine snow

In the current market, cars like the Porsche 993 GT2 are normally squirrelled away in an air-conditioned, de-humidified garage and, if they are ever used, it is only on the driest of dry days, on perfectly clean roads.

With values north of £750,000, 993 GT2s very often now lead a life of leisure. They are, in short, garage queens. However, this term could never be applied to the car we test drive in the latest issue of Total 911.

Despite the roads being lined with snow, we were still invited to jump behind the wheel of this 993 GT2 for a hair-raising test drive through the Alps, creating some stunning photos that we just had to share with you:

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To read our full test drive of this Porsche 993 GT2 in the Alpine snow, 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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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.

996 GT2 v 996 GT3 RS
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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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Total 911’s trio of top Porsche 911 suspension upgrades

Stop, turn, go. At its most fundamental, improving the performance of your Porsche 911 is a pretty simple, three-stage process. A few weeks ago, we covered the ‘stop’ element with our selection of brake upgrades; now it’s time to ‘turn’.

We’ve put together a trio of damper options (plus a chassis tuning extra) to help you get the best from your Porsche 911 when you face it with a few corners:

Öhlins Road & Track dampers – from £1,800 each plus VAT
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Formed 40 years ago, Swedish suspension supremo Öhlins is one of the best damper manufacturers in the world. Their Road & Track range uses their decades of motorsport success to create potentially the best road car dampers around.

Available for most 996 and 997 models (997.1 GT3 RS pictured), they feature a lightweight aluminium construction and are fully adjustable, with threaded spring platforms and independent bump and rebound adjusters.
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Bilstein Sports B6 front dampers – £169.05 plus VAT
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Don’t think that suspension upgrades are the sole preserve of later Neunelfers. The Bilstein Sports B6 range allows for classic Porsche 911s to benefit from a performance-orientated dynamic without compromising on the everyday usability of needing to lower the stock ride height.

The pictured damper is for a 1985 Carrera 3.2 with Boge struts, however, versions for all 911s from 1965 to 1989 are available.
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EuroCupGT dampers and top plates – £995 plus VAT
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EuroCupGT may not be a name familiar with everyone, especially when it comes to suspension – however, this British company certainly has form in the damping department, helping to develop coilovers for the World Touring Car Championship in 2005.

Allowing damping and ride height adjustment, the EuroCupGT damper kit fits all non-PASM water-cooled Porsche 911s up to second-generation 997s. The price includes top plates and springs.
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EuroCupGT adjustable top plates – £375 plus VAT
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For those wishing to retain their Porsche 996 or 997’s original factory dampers, EuroCupGT’s top mounts allow you to adjust your car’s camber, ensuring that your tyres are performing to their maximum potential on track or road.

CNC machined from billet aluminium, the top plates include stainless steel bushings and aerospace quality monoballs and are available for Carrera, Turbo and GT3 models.
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Sales Spotlight: Porsche 997 GT3 RS 3.8

There’s no such thing as a bad Rennsport 911; we’d happily take the keys to any Porsche 911 RS such is the prowess of these iconic, motorsport-bred Neunelfers. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t have our favourites.

The Porsche 997 GT3 RS 3.8 – the second generation of 997 Rennsport – sits firmly near the top of our RS wish list. For everyday thrills, we’d probably choose it over its illustrious, limited edition 4.0-litre brother.

That 3.8-litre Mezger flat six is one of Porsche’s greatest ever engines and, mated to a sweet six-speed manual (again one of Zuffenhausen’s best), the 997.2 GT3 RS makes for an electrifying experience behind the wheel. And you could get in on the act with this gorgeous example from independent specialist, RPM Technik.

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Unlike the host of Grey Black and Carrara White cars, RPM’s 997 RS 3.8 is finished in the rich Aqua Blue hue and comes with contrasting pale gold centre-lock alloys and side decals helping it to stand out from the Rennsport crowd for all the right reasons.

Delivered to its new owner from Porsche Centre Swindon in June 2010, the car has been maintained throughout its life by OPCs in Cardiff and Mid Sussex, with RPM responsible for general wear and tear, including tyre changes and geometry setup.

Complete with the Clubsport interior kit, this 997 GT3 RS comes with an enviable list of options, including carbon backed bucket seats, carbon fibre dash trims and Porsche Carbon Ceramic Brakes.

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The latter option makes RPM’s 997 RS 3.8 the perfect Porsche 911 track tool, although with an asking price of £174,995 it represents quite a large investment to thrash around a circuit.

Conversely, it would be equally as thrilling to take out for a blast on your favourite roads every weekend. With only 13,000 miles on the clock thought, we just hope the new owner gets out and truly enjoys this Rennsport.

For more information on this Porsche 997 GT3 RS Gen2, head to RPM Technik’s website (where you can also check out the rest of their Porsche 911 stock) now.

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Sales Spotlight: Porsche 996.2 Carrera 4

If you’ve been following Total 911 Editor, Lee’s regular Porsche 996 diary, you’ll have seen that his 2004 Carrera 4 has proven to be an ideal entry into the world of Neunelfer ownership.

From road trips to track days, Lee’s 996.2 C4 hasn’t missed a beat, proving that (despite the internet scaremongering) the first water-cooled Porsche 911 is a more than suitable choice for those looking to get into a rear-engined Zuffenhausen sports car.

What’s more, despite prices starting to rise, the 996 Carrera remains one of the cheapest ways into the 911 market, as this second generation Carrera 4 from marque specialists, Finlay Gorham highlights.

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Complete with manual gearbox, Finlay Gorham’s 2002 Porsche 996 Carrera 4 offers a £17,995 opportunity to follow in Lee’s wheel tracks for the cost of a new entry-level Volkswagen Golf.

Although there’s no mention in the advert of an IMS bearing work, with just under 70,000 miles on the clock, the 996.2 C4 sits in that mileage sweet spot where it has probably been worked enough to prevent any problems but still doesn’t look or feel too leggy.

Finished in Midnight Blue Metallic, the paint finish makes a nice change from the usual black and silver hues seen on 996 Carreras, while the black leather interior is almost universally popular.

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Fitted with the same five-spoke ‘Carrera’ alloys as Lee’s own 996, the car comes with factory-fitted side skirts, the Bose stereo upgrade and a phone module (on top of other smaller options, such as the aluminium finish on the gear and handbrake levers).

Finlay Gorham’s 996 Carrera 4 comes complete with a full service history, with the specialist ensuring that the car has a fresh service and MOT for the new buyer. They’ll even include a warranty in case anything should go wrong.

For more information on this Porsche 996 Carrera 4, or any of the other Porsche 911 stock at Finlay Gorham, visit the specialist’s website now. 

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