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PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS 4.0

Since its launch the Porsche 911 GT3 has been the bench­mark against which ev­ery other track-fo­cused car has been rated. There are more pow­er­ful, more ex­pen­sive 911s, but the GT3 rep­re­sents the sports car at its purest and most in­tense. In fact, all gen­er­a­tions of GT3 ar­guably rank along­side 1973's leg­endary 911 Car­rera 2.7 RS in the an­nals of great­est 911s.

In­tended pri­mar­ily for rac­ing, though still road le­gal, the Porsche 911 GT3 – first in­tro­duced al­most 20 years ago – can trace its an­ces­try all the way back through a suc­ces­sion of high per­for­mance mod­els to the leg­endary 911 Car­rera RS of 1973. The car takes its name from the FIA'S “GT3” cat­e­gory of pro­duc­tion sports car rac­ing, and has been pro­duced in a va­ri­ety of ver­sions since its in­tro­duc­tion on the 996type it­er­a­tion of the peren­nial 911.

For 2006 the GT3, by now based on the 997 plat­form, was ex­ten­sively re­designed and im­proved on, and by the end of that year there was also an RS “ho­molo­ga­tion spe­cial” ver­sion. Weight-sav­ing mea­sures sim­i­lar to those seen on the 996 GT3 RS were ap­plied, while the body was wider than that of the ex­ist­ing 997 GT3, ac­com­mo­dat­ing an in­crease in rear track.

Un­veiled in April 2011, the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 was the fi­nal evo­lu­tion of the 997 GT3. Only 600 cars were built, with a be­fore-ex­tras list price of £124,466 in the UK, £18,000 more than a 911 Turbo of the time. All sold out im­me­di­ately, this be­ing num­ber 534.

As its nomen­cla­ture sug­gests, this ul­ti­mate model was pow­ered by a 4.0-litre en­gine, the largest ever in a road-go­ing 911, which in­cor­po­rated the longer stroke crank­shaft from the RSR. Max­i­mum power in­creased by 43bhp over the 3.8-litre GT3 RS to 493bhp at 8250rpm and torque rose 22lb ft to 339lb ft at 5750rpm, the chas­sis and run­ning gear fur­ther de­vel­oped to cope. On the road this trans­lated into a 0–62mph time of 3.9 sec­onds and a top speed of 193mph, while the bench­mark Nür­bur­gring Nord­schleife lap time was cut to 7min 27sec.

Fin­ished in white with metal­lic grey/red stripes and black in­te­rior with red in­serts, as were all 600 cars, this pris­tine GT3 RS was de­liv­ered new in Ger­many and un­der two own­ers has cov­ered ap­prox­i­mately 7700 kilo­me­tres (4800 miles) since de­liv­ery. It was of­fered for sale freshly serviced and ben­e­fit­ing from new tyres (fit­ted May 2018).

The ex­ten­sive list of equip­ment in­cludes the Club Sport pack­age, 90-litre fuel tank, GT wheels, Porsche Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Man­age­ment in­clud­ing satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion, wind­screen with tinted fil­ter, roll bar in black, tele­phone module, front axle lift sys­tem, black in­stru­ments and floor mats. Pre­sented in “like new” con­di­tion, this stun­ning, lit­tle used and ul­tra rare Porsche GT was of­fered with Ger­man reg­is­tra­tion doc­u­ments and all books and ser­vice records.

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