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Porsche 911 2.7 RS Lightweight Review

What makes this 50-year old icon so special?

The Carrera RS 2.7 was conceived as a 911-derived race car and was the first production street/race 911 widely offered to the public. The company’s philosophy was that Porsche’s (except for pure competition models) should be used for daily transportation.

Porsche built the RS on top of the 911S 2.4, the fastest standard Porsche 911 you could buy at the time. The RS got a larger, more powerful 911S-based flat-six engine and was extensively lightened. The RS looked nearly the same as the 911S, but had a “chin spoiler” under the front bumper and rear fender bulges as well as the now famous “ducktail” spoiler. There also was “Carrera” script across each door in a contrasting color that matched the car’s Fuchs wheels.

Porsche built 1580 examples of the Porsche 911 2.7RS back in 1972-1973 but only 200 of those were the lightweight versions and this is one of them. In this video Harry delves into the details to see why it’s so highly regarded and how Porsche made it such a lightweight.