Lot 267 - 2007 Porsche 911/997 GT3 RS
|Odometer reading||10,492 miles|
|Estimate||£55,000 - £65,000|
|Result||Sold - £79,520|
The 997 is the internal designation for the Porsche 911 model manufactured between 2004 and 2012 with the GT3 model debuting in Geneva in 2006. Like previous GT3 models, it is a way for Porsche to homologate aerodynamic features for racing as well as an entry opportunity for customer racing. The engine has the same displacement as the Turbo and uses a new variable intake system. The GT3 body includes a special front bumper which increases cooling for the front-mounted radiators as well as a split spoiler at the rear. The GT3 also includes a special rear bumper and centre tailpipes designed to draw heat away from the engine. The special RS model was more focused on track-orientated driving (although the car is still road-legal). The package also included a full rollcage and carbon fibre seats to add to that race-car-for-the-road feel. The ratios on the six-speed transmission are more aggressive allowing the GT3 RS to reach 60mph in four seconds and 100mph in 9.2 seconds with an ungoverned top speed of 190mph. At 7,000 revs, the noise is like nothing else. The 3.6-litre flat six-engine in the GT3 piles on the revs with unerring speed, filling the cabin with a gloriously rousing mechanical timbre as it does so. The searing pace it delivers is enough to confirm that all is good with the GT3 badge when placed on the back of the 997. Quantifiably a far superior car to the one it replaced, the 997 GT3 is a staggeringly capable and an exceedingly rapid sports car. There are 911s and then there is the 911 GT3.
This is a genuine GT3 RS and was first registered on 1st March 2007. The fastidious vendor is a knowledgeable Porsche enthusiast and, as such, the car presents in immaculate condition. However, it must be pointed out that this car was the subject of a Category C insurance claim early in its life which is recorded with HPI. We are advised the car was repaired by Ramus Porsche and the car was subsequently inspected and given a clean bill of health. The servicing of this outstanding example has been carried out by OPC in Guildford with everything documented accordingly. A sequential gearshift system has been fitted with a digital display on the dashboard and was fitted by Oakley designs. We are advised by the vendor that this greatly enhances the drivability of HJ07 NKD and makes the car much more 'user friendly'. This GT3 RS could be accurately described as 'a wolf in sheep's clothing' being equipped, as it is, with climate control, CD player and Xenon headlamps-however, the fitment of a lap timer and harness-style seat belts are a gentle reminder of what this car is built for. Without doubt this magnificent piece of engineering is versatile to the extreme, capable of delivering you to your favourite restaurant or propelling you around a race circuit with eye-watering efficiency.