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Porsche 911 GT2 RS (997) – A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing

Porsche 911 GT2 RS 2010 at LLandow Circuit, Cardiff, Wales, April 2014
2010 Porsche 911 GT2 RS (Type 997)
2010 Porsche 911 GT2 RS (Type 997), Llandow Circuit, Cardiff, Wales, UK (2014)

The GT2 has been Porsche’s top performing roadgoing turbo model since ‘95, but the addition of the ‘RS’ lifts this special model into a class of its own.
Every now and then you come across a car that just stands out from the crowd. When that car is one of a limited production run, you would expect it to be kept in good nick, and looked after in a rather special way. But when it has just 957 miles on the clock, and it happens to be one of the fastest and most powerful sports cars on the planet and the owner is not afraid to take it out of the garage, then the experience is that much more rewarding.

Porsche 911 GT2 RS (Type 997)
Porsche 911 GT2 RS (Type 997) awaiting delivery at the factory in December 2010

GT2 Introduction

Since it was first introduced back in 1995, the 911 GT2 has been powered by a 3.6-litre flat six twin-turbocharged boxer-engine, at first this was with an air-cooled engine in the 993 but then later with the water-cooled unit in the 996 and 997 models. Our car, a 2010 911 GT2 RS, can trace its sporting heritage as far back as the Carrera RS 2.7 from 1972, when Porsche first started producing high performance roadgoing 911 models with the ‘RS’ moniker. These legendary RS models, short for Rennsport or Racing Sport, have always been produced in limited numbers which prompted the ‘70s Carrera RS promotional strap line, “Only 500 real men will ever drive it.” In today’s world of gender equality and corporate sensitivity, someone would be bound to take issue over such a statement even if it was used to highlight the capability of the fastest roadgoing 911 ever.

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