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The Porsche 911 RS Book

The Porsche 911 RS Book

The Porsche 911 RS Book Volume 4

Celebrating the existence of the most revered Porsche 911, the RS book features test drives in every generation of the iconic sportscar, with all-new head to head tests and ultimate guides to complement your essential book to the breathtaking Porsche 911 Rennsport. Featuring: 964 RS v 993 RS - Which is the undisputed luftkegült legend? Our thrilling head to head reveals all. The last RHD 2.7 RS - The full, gripping tale of this barn find 2.7RS unearthed in the Caribbean. 997 GT3 RS 4.0 v 997 GT2 RS - The best 997 Rennsports come head to head in a captivating test. Modified 964 RS 3.8 - This brilliant 964 RS is given 3.8-litre power from the 993 Rennsport.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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In this issue

1 min.
welcome to… the porsche 911 rs book

Ever since the first model in 1973, the iconic 911 Rennsport was built to go racing. The efforts to improve on the 911’s greatness at Weissach has long been fruitful: the RS can claim wins at legendary events all around the world including Le Mans, the Targa Florio, Daytona, Sebring and even in rallying. It is thanks to these successes that road-going Rennsports are held in such high esteem by enthusiasts today. Of course, the 911 RS has evolved substantially since its inception more than four decades ago. There are now twelve scintillating Rennsport generations on the road, with the latest in the 991 GT3 RS boasting more than double the power of the first model, the 2.7 Carrera RS. Like the 911 itself, each new generation of Rennsport has sought…

10 min.
barn find 2.7 carrera rs purple gain

“I sort of stand back and look at the classic car market and wonder what it’s all about, and ask myself where is it going to be when I’m long gone,” explains Josh Sadler, Autofarm’s resident RS polymath. “There are the investment cars – that’s a nice investment RS there,” he says, pointing to an immaculate 1973 RS under a car cover, “or do you want something like this, something that has a story? For me, life is about people, and the stories associated with them.” This car, his car, has him conflicted, though to look at it you might wonder what all the fuss is about. Let’s backtrack to late summer last year. Sadler was arranging to race at Rennsport Reunion V at Laguna Seca and the Daytona Classic 24-Hour…

11 min.
rennsport royalty

King Juan Carlos I, the man bequeathed with the Spanish throne by the infamous General Francisco Franco, is an unabashed enthusiast of all things with an engine. You may have spotted the now former King of Spain at his native Formula One Grand Prix over the years, mingling on the grid with the drivers and presenting trophies on the podium. As well as his well-publicised interest in motorsport, Juan Carlos Alfonso Víctor María de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias (to give him his full name) is also known to be an avid motorcycle rider and, during the 1970s and 1980s, would apparently evade his security detail at the Palacio de la Zarzuela with alarming regularity in order to ride out into the hills north of Madrid incognito. Rumour has it on one…

12 min.
one of 20 rs n/gt ‘racing package’ peak 964 r s performance

When the email and accompanying pictures came through, I had to double take. At first the car on screen appeared to be a 964 RS N/GT: with only 290 units ever produced, the car is a fairly rare find by Porsche standards, accounting for around 12 per cent of total 964 Rennsport production. However, I’d soon realise this isn’t an ordinary N/GT. An extra special and substantially rare sub-production model straight from Weissach, just 20 examples of this car were made, each finished in a different colour. Its story is both enthralling and peculiar (though positively credible), the sort of Porsche legend that perpetually excites both writers and readers of this fine publication, and the perfect start to our ‘rare 964s’ double bill for issue 139. First though, a little…

11 min.
993 rs

STORY OF THE 993 RSR We already know the Clubsport version of the 993 RS was more hardcore, but for those buyers that ticked the option box marked M003, this was the ultimate incarnation of this special 993. Representing around 20 per cent of total production, the variant, also referred to as the RSR in some markets, wasn’t really intended for road driving, although some of the more committed owners did indeed use them that way. Instead, it was aimed at those that intended to wring the maximum enjoyment out of the RS on the race circuit, and here it excelled. Costing in excess of £70,000 when new, just about all unnecessary kit was cut to maximise the weight saving, so you’d struggle in vain to find the likes of air-conditioning,…

11 min.
997.1 gt3 rs

THE SECOND-GEN 997 RENNSPORT Given the desirability of the car you see here, it’s no real surprise that the second-generation 997 range would include a GT3 RS. It was no mild refresh though, as the new model would receive some substantial changes, not least of which was a 3.8-litre motor that sat on active engine mounts. With power and torque both increased – to 450hp and 430Nm respectively – the 0-62mph time was cut by 0.2 seconds to 4.0 seconds dead, and both response and mid-range shove were boosted. VarioCam Plus and a higher 8,500rpm redline also featured. Further revisions included gorgeous new centre-lock wheels and suspension that featured stiffer spring rates and tweaks to the anti-roll bars. Externally, the new model boasted various subtle changes, including redesigned air intakes, and…