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993 v 991: wild Porsche GT2s

The year 1994 offered something of a step change for Porsche Motorsport. After multiple notable racing successes with naturally aspirated 911s such as the Carrera RSR and RS 3.8, the company once again turned its attention to turbocharging for elite GT racing. A new car was born out of the 993 generation, wider and wilder than ever before. The name given to this new high-performance 911 was simply the racing class it was to participate in: let us say hello once again to the now-legendary 993 GT2.

However, these cars were badged ‘GT’ – as can be seen below its huge rear wing. To compete in this class Porsche had to manufacture and homologate a street version, which became available as early as April of 1995. Little did Porsche and 911 enthusiasts know at the time, but it would become an absolute icon of a car, and one of the most sought-after today.

Unlike the car it was based on – the new 993 Turbo – the GT2 offered 22bhp more and offered a host of upgrades to the drivetrain, body, suspension and equipment, to name but a few. The big news was that the GT2 would be rear-wheel drive only, the 200kg weight loss over a Turbo mainly being attributed to this change. With the GT2 Porsche had made it perfectly clear it was not about to relinquish the ominous widowmaker moniker too easily. Rear-wheel-drive 911 Turbos were until then aimed at the more experienced driver, but the change to four-wheel drive left a gap at the very top of the 911 range, one that was to be filled by the motorsport-inspired GT2 street car.

Fast forward more than 20 years and until recently customers had to look to the naturally aspirated GT3 RS model to have race-inspired thrills. However, as a final swansong to the 991 range, Andreas Preuninger and his GT team developed and manufactured the most powerful production 911 to date. One can ramble on about the finer details of this machine, which you would have read in previous issues of Total 911, but there is no better way to sum it up than the 6:47.25 time the 991 GT2 RS set around the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife.

In South Africa where the owner of both these exquisite cars opens the garage door, I find myself subconsciously drifting towards the 993 GT2 first. The door feels light in my hand as I pull its handle. I lower myself into the Recaro bucket seat and shut the door, the thud reminiscent of a whole era of air-cooled Porsche. The seat offers side support from your hips all the way up to your shoulders – the goosebumps on my forearms already demonstrate this is an exceptional place to be!

The cabin is basic, but not Clubsport or race car basic; after all, this is the more comfortable ‘Strasse’ specification. However, there are no rear seats, only carpets with the neat ‘GT’ inscription, as is the case on the back of the car below the rear wing. The cabin is compact – you sit close to the dashboard and windscreen in classic 911 guise. I hold the leather-trimmed, three-spoke steering wheel, impressed by the fact there is not a button in sight.

I’ve been privileged enough to have driven a few 993 GT2s before, and every time it is a particularly memorable occasion. Today is no different. A quick peek in the side mirror gets me all excited again as those monstrous, tacked-on wheel arches fill the view. These were added to enable the GT2’s enormous 11-inch-wide wheels to fit under its arches.

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Mark Webber, a GT2 RS, and the Weissach Package

Though some eyes might be on Mark Webber and his tidy lines through Albert Park in the GT2 RS, those who like to spec cars for fun might be wondering what his Porsche’s Weissach Package offers. As first offered in the 918, the Weissach Package (and now available on the GT3 RS, too) is for those who want every performance-related box ticked; those who want a GT2 RS in its leanest, most athletic guise.

Making More of Less

For one, GT2 RS optioned with the Weissach Package comes fitted with the stabilizers and coupling rods on the front and rear axles made from carbon, which is the first time this has been done on a series production car. For a little more motorsports-influenced detail, this package also include magnesium wheels painted in white gold—and these beauties reduce unsprung mass and overall weight by twenty-five pounds.

Perhaps the best known upgrade is the titanium rollcage that saves twenty-seven pounds over the steel cage offered with the Club Sport package. The seemingly trivial elements are addressed too; there are ultra-light shift paddles (saving half a pound), steering wheel trim is made with a carbon-weave finish, and the carpet trim is also made lighter. For those who like to broadcast their preferences, the headrests have their own custom logo, and a commemorative plaque and sills are fitted.

One of the obvious aesthetic differences is the « PORSCHE » lettering on the wing.

The other obvious visual changes are the « PORSCHE » logo (in black or silver, depending on the exterior color) adorning the rear wing, as well as a the central decorative strip, painted in the vehicle color, running lengthwise along the roof and hood. They’re subtle touches on a very bold Porsche, but they do set off the NACA ducts and add a hit of 997 GT3 RS 4.0, which was, perhaps, a high-point in GT-car styling.

The Bottom Line

The Weissach Package in the GT2 RS costs $30,000 and saves sixty-six pounds over a GT2 RS fitted with the Club Sport package. Some might find that hard to justify, but considering the exclusivity of this already expensive vehicle, it’ll likely to be a popular option. There’s not much sense in not going all the way with a Porsche as extreme as this, is there?

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Introducing the GT3 RS with Weissach Package

Porsche’s recent weight loss kick has been a game of inches. The current crop of 911s are already very light, as I’ve noted a few times many current 911s and their equivalents from the 964 generation are pushing around the same amount of weight. When the 911 Carrera T debuted, it showed just how far this weight-loss game has come thanks to its 3,143 lb curb weight. The 991.2 GT3 RS with Weissach package may not be as light as the T, but at 3,153 lbs it isn’t far off. We were on-site when this Porsche debuted at NYIAS, and we can say with certainty that this 911 is a stunner. Much of the GT3 RS with Weissach package is unchanged from the GT3 RS as it debuted in February, so let’s focus on what makes the Weissach Package unique.

Carbon, Carbon Everywhere

The Weissach Package ads $18k to the GT3 RS’s base price, and brings a large selection of carbon fiber and magnesium parts with it. The Weissach Package includes a carbon fiber roof, rather than the standard magnesium item, carbon fiber shift paddles and steering wheel trim, and optional Magnesium wheels. The carbon fiber bonnet features NACA ducts, just like the GT2 RS. The pictured wheels are not included in the Weissach Package, and will be available for an additional $13k. These items save around 30lbs compared to the standard car, with most of the weight savings coming from the wheels. These changes reduce both overall weight and unsprung weight. The changes to this model are more than skin-deep, however.

GT3 Wheels

The GT3 RS uses a wider wheel and tire package than the standard GT3, with 265/30 tires at the front and monstrous 325/30 tires at the rear. The wheels measure 20″ in diameter at the front and 21″ at the rear. Curiously, the demo car for NYIAS had conventional brakes, though Porsche Carbon Ceramic Brakes are available as an option.

GT3 Fender Vents

With more than 500 horsepower on tap from its 4.0-liter flat-six, control is deeply important to the GT3 RS. In addition to the visible components, the Weissach Package adds carbon suspension components not used on the standard car. The stabilizer bars and suspension link rods are now made of carbon fiber, reducing weight while increasing stiffness. Ride height, camber, caster, toe and sway bar settings are all adjustable to driver preferences.

GT3 Engine Lid

Yes, it makes 520 horsepower, and it’s awesome.

Yes, it revs to 9,000 RPM. Like the standard RS, and the 911R/GT3 powerplants that preceded it, this is an all-new engine unrelated to earlier Mezger-derived GT3 engines.The 4.0-liter flat-six is unchanged from the standard RS, and only the PDK gearbox is available in the RS. The car incorporates a torque vectoring differential (PTV+) as well as PASM. The exhaust is made of titanium, and features titanium outlets. The PDK gearbox in the RS is specially tuned for track use. Top speed is achieved in 7th gear, rather than 6th as in other 911 variants.

GT3 Seats

The cabin features full-bucket seats with carbon fiber-reinforced backrests and color-matched centers. The steering wheel measures 360mm in diameter, and sports an Alcantara rim. As with all Porsche GT models, a yellow marker is located at the 12 o’clock position. The Porsche also includes lightweight carpets, reduced sound deadening, lightweight door panels with opening loops, a rear roll bar, and lightweight glass.

Pricing for the RS will start at $187,000, with the Weissach Package adding $18k, and the magnesium wheels an additional $13k. A gallery of images featuring the new car, as well as the Carrera T parked alongside, is attached below.

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Porsche Talks About the 918 Spyder With Weissach Package

By now, we all know that the optional Weissach Package turns Porsches most insane road-car, the 918 Spyder, into an even more impressive beast. However, for those not interested in reading the endless pages of press releases describing all the … Porsche Talks About the 918 Spyder With Weissach Package More news at
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