Based on the 993 generation of the 911 Turbo, the Porsche GT2 debuted in 1993 and, intended as a customer GT racer, it replaced the 964 Carrera RSR. The first generation GT2 had plastic fenders wider than the 911 profile and a smaller rear wing with air scoops in the struts. At introduction it had a twin-turbo 3.6-liter engine putting out 430 bhp; in 1998 it was uprated to 450 bhp. The name was taken from the GT2 class in which it was designed to compete. Just 57 road-going cars were built.
GT2s competed in the BPR Global GT Series, achieving seven class wins in the first season, as well as a class victory in the 1996 24 Heures du Mans. The Le Mans win was repeated in 1997. The cars also won three races in the FIA GT Championship.
In 1999, the second generation GT2 arrived and was based on the 996, which had succeeded the 993. Porsche had decided to concentrate on a new normally-aspirated GT3 for competition, but used the GT3’s 3.6-litre engine, in turbocharged form, in the new GT2. Power was upped to 483bhp and the transmission was a six-speed manual. Similar wide fenders were used, along with a more aggressive nose. The rear wing also grew in size.
Power was not the only objective. Weight was reduced by 200 pounds from the basic 911 Turbo, and handling was improved with stiffer springs and other suspension modifications. The body alterations improved the car’s aerodynamics. The second-generation GT2s were campaigned by privateers with success in some of the national series like Belcar in Belgium. Price stickers on 996-generation GT2s hovered around $200,000, and production quantities were tiny. The GT2 was easily the fastest accelerating 996 derivative, able to reach 62mph in just 3.7 seconds on the way to a top speed of 192mph. Just 317 were officially sold in the US according to Porsche Cars North America’s own figures, making it super rare as well as brutally fast.
Fully equipped, this 2001 911 GT2 is in spectacular condition inside and out and is loaded with special features, finished in midnight blue over black the 911 GT2 is a weapons-grade road car, however the astute collector will be aware that all homologation Porsches have ultimately proven excellent investments, none more so than the legendary 911 Carrera RS 2.7 of 1973. With values of these GT2 currently sitting at below the original advertised price, now is a great time to invest in one of these incredible cars and with this example represents a wonderful opportunity.