911 at 60 – 997
Porsche is not only celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, but also 60 years of its most iconic model: the 911. Despite the numerous iterations with new technological advancements, the silhouette of the 911 remains recognizable to this day and continues to be the benchmark for sports cars.
The 997 is the 6th-generation 911, which was released in July 2004 with the 997.1 Carrera 3.6 and Carrera S 3.8 models. This generation marked the return of a 911 trademark, as they reverted to round headlights, Porsche also gave it a more curvaceous body and an all-new interior.
In 2009 Porsche updated the 997, simply known as the 997.2, it included a light facelift and bump in power. However the biggest changes was the addition of direct injection and the introduction of the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK), meaning Porsche dual-clutch transmission in German. The PDK replaced the Tiptronic gearbox, and provided a much quicker and lighter shift response, while also being more fuel efficient than the Tiptronic-equipped 997.1 models.
Production of the 997 series ended in 2013, when it was replaced by the successful 991 in what was the 50th anniversary of arguably the world’s most iconic sports car.
Here we will be introducing two 997.2 specials models in four different flavours, three of which are available for negotiation.
Porsche 911 (997.2) GT2 RS
The 997 GT2 RS represented the pinnacle of Porsche engineering when it was launched in 2010, a step above the 997 GT2 that was launched in 2007. The GT2 RS features a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter flat-six engine that produces 620 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 700 Nm of torque, making it the first 911 ever to reach the 600 hp mark. The GT2 RS sends the power to the rear wheels, via a 6-speed manual transmission. With a top speed of 330 kph and a 0-100 time of just 3.5 seconds and a lap record of 7 min 18 seconds at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the 997 GT2 RS is one of the fastest and most powerful 911 models to ever roll out from Stuttgart.
Apart from the engine tweaks, the GT2 RS had weight reduction materials, such as carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP), a plexiglass rear window, and a single-mass flywheel. The weight-saving efforts even extends to the Porsche badge on the front as it’s actually a sticker like on the GT3 RSR and RS Spyder race cars. All this resulted in a weight of 1,370kg. On top of that, because the GT2 RS is the most-track focused and extreme 911, aero was also a point of focus, it received an aggressive splitter and sculpted rear wing with a small inlet on each side, redesigned side intakes and shark gills-like vents by the exhausts. Like the GT2, the GT2RS had a small production run but at just 500 units, which adds to its exclusivity and desirability.
2010 GT2 RS (No. 44/500 – Black)
This is the 44th GT2 RS out of 500, featuring a Black exterior finish. It was brought to Japan but was originally delivered to a dealership in Germany. It is excellently maintained, having been driven just over 3,500km since new. The GT2 RS #44 has been sold and already found its new home.
2011 GT2 RS (No. 203/500 – Guards Red)
This second example featured is the 203rd 997 GT2 RS, featuring the striking Guards Red paint. The car has been driven about 4,720km since new, and it is very well-maintained. This car is available, this a great opportunity to own a striking model with a striking spec.
Porsche 911 (997) Speedster
The Speedster is a very special model in the 997.2 lineup. It was introduced in 2011, it was the 3rd iteration of the iconic 911 model, which started with the 356 Speedster. The 997 Speedster features a “double bubble” tonneau for the soft top, inherited from the previous generations of Speedsters. The idea of building the 997.2 Speedster came from Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, which is the division that specialises in making individualised, tailor-made Porsches, such as the 911 Sport Classic. The launch of the Speedster also commemorated the 25th anniversary of Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, and showcased their capabilities to produce unique low-volume Porsche models.
The rear of the car is 44mm wider, the same size as the Carrera 4, and has the same mechanical bits as the Carrera GTS, which is a 3.8L flat-6 engine that produces 408hp at 7,300rpm, mated to a 7-speed PDK transmission. The Speedster can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds with a top speed of 305 km/h.
One of the most distinctive features are the black Fuchs alloy wheels and a sportier front bumper, both of which were derived from the Sport Classic, as well as a 60mm lower windscreen and the previously mentioned double bubble compartment for the roof . The Speedster also features lightweight aluminium doors from the GT3 and carbon ceramic brakes. These features resulted in the Speedster to weigh 1,540kg, which is the same weight as the Carrera S Cabriolet with PDK.
Only 356 were ever built, making it one of the rarest and most expensive models in the 997 range and we have 2 of the very last few examples available for negotiation.
2011 (353 of 356 – Pure Blue)
This 997 Speedster is the 353rd example, a 2011 model year that has never been registered and is essentially brand new. The odometer shows just 2km. The exterior is finished in Pure Blue, a colour exclusive to the Speedster.
2011 (354 of 356 – Carrera White)
The second 997 Speedster in our inventory is the 354th example, featuring a Carrera White exterior. Just like the 353rd Speedster, it is also a 2011 model year and has never been registered, it has delivery mileage of just 3km.