‘Since its launch in 1999, 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 four generations of GT3 arguably rank alongside 1973’s legendary 2.7 RS in the annals of greatest 911s.’ – Auto Express.
Intended primarily for racing, though still road legal, the Porsche 911 GT3 – first introduced in 1999 – 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 in 1999 on the Type 996 iteration of the perennial 911.
Following the launch of the original Type 996 GT3, Porsche introduced an even more track-focused variant in 2003: the GT3 RS. Standing for RennSport (literally ‘race sport’) the ‘RS’ designation referenced that iconic first-of-the-line model of 40 years previously. In GT3 RS specification, the 3.6-litre flat-six ‘Metzger’ engine was up-rated, producing around 400bhp, although the claimed output remained unchanged at 318bhp for homologation purposes. The RS was lighter than the ‘ordinary’ GT3, weight saving measures including a polycarbonate rear window, and carbon-fibre bonnet and rear wing, while the stock cast-iron brake discs were replaced with ceramic composite rotors for greater fade resistance under competition conditions. RS suspension was adjustable, and the car ran some 3mm lower than the stock GT3.
For 2006 the GT3 was extensively redesigned and improved on the Type 997 platform. New features included ‘zero lift’ aerodynamics and Porsche’s PASM electronically adjustable active suspension system, specially configured for track use. Porsche claimed a 0-60mph time of 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 193km/h for the new GT3. By the end of the year there was also an RS ‘homologation special’.
Weight-saving measures similar to those seen on the Type 996 RS were applied, while the body was wider than that of the Type 997 GT3, accommodating an increase in rear track. A new 3.8-litre engine was introduced on the 2nd Generation Type 997 GT3 in 2009; maximum output increased to 429bhp, with 444 horsepower available from the RS version.
And just in case there was any doubt about the Type 997 GT3’s abilities as a competition car, in 2006 Porsche’s official test driver, rallying ace Walter Röhrl, lapped the spectacular Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit – widely recognised as one of the most demanding tests of man and machine – in an astonishing 7 minutes 42 seconds, then the equal fastest time posted by a production car – a feat that attracted much favourable publicity.
Finished in excellent condition throughout this GT3 was purchased by its current owner in 2010 with 8,000 miles recorded. First registered in 2006, this highly spec’d example is offered with full Porsche dealer service history and the PCCB breaks are said to be in perfect order with no delamination.
Having travelled a mere 33,600 miles from new, remarkably this car is offered with Porsche Warranty until the 21st of July 2018 which is extendable to 2021, a wonderful detail that will give any potential buyer a great deal of confidence in the car.
Furthermore, the car has recently had a new clutch fitted and with only two previous owners along with the desirable specification listed below, this is a very collectable and usable example ready to be enjoyed by its new custodian.
List of options:
Full extended leather interior
Sports adaptive seats
Auto dimming mirrors
Centre console and speedometer surround in body colour
Sound package plus
Full Porsche dealer service history, last services July 2017