8 PORSCHE 911 GT2 (993) (1995-97)

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WHY IT’S HERE 57 road cars were built to sat­isfy ho­molo­ga­tion re­quire­ments for GT-class rac­ing – but only seven of those were in right-hand drive

For any­one who finds that 408bhp of 911 Turbo is just a lit­tle bit dull, Porsche presents… the GT2. But it didn’t just add flared arches and 22bhp. Oh no – sev­eral alu­minium pan­els, thin­ner glass and mak­ing the GT2 rear-wheel drive rather than the Turbo’s four-wheel drive shaved around 200kg off the weight. Wheels were an inch wider all round and a larger front spoiler was added. Slightly taller rear tyres – 35 rather than 30 sec­tion – raised the gear­ing a lit­tle bit, so the GT2 was 3mph faster than the Turbo and still com­pleted the dash to 60mph slightly quicker as well.

The rac­ing ver­sion were in­stantly suc­cess­ful, win­ning seven out of 11 rounds in the 1996 BPR Global GT Se­ries and notch­ing up class wins at Le Mans in 1996 and 1997. By the fol­low­ing year, though, the 911s found them­selves over­taken by the Viper GTS-Rs and strug­gled to record many wins in the new FIA GT Cham­pi­onship against such Amer­i­can op­po­si­tion. Porsche ended fac­tory in­volve­ment in GT rac­ing in 2000.

The road­go­ing GT2s are merely blind­ingly fast, though th­ese days few re­ally get stretched as their value has risen so dra­mat­i­cally in the last cou­ple of years. Which is a pity be­cause this is the ul­ti­mate 1990s Porsche.

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