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