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 311km/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.
This rare high-performance 911 variant has had only two previous owners from new and comes provided with full Porsche dealer service history. Described to be in good condition throughout, this fastidiously maintained, incredibly powerful and fun, yet usable road car is ready to be enjoyed by its next owner.