Sales Spotlight: Porsche 996.2 GT3
When Porsche first released the 911 GT3 in 1998 – part of the brave new generation of water-cooled Neunelfers – the team at Weissach knew they were on to something good.
That’s why, when it came to refreshing it with the 996 facelift, Porsche chose not to change too much; there was a 21hp boost for the 3.6-litre Mezger engine, a slightly revised suspension setup and improved styling.
Independent specialist, RPM Technik currently have not one, not two but three Porsche 996.2 GT3s currently for sale (as well as an example of the nearly as brilliant 996 GT3 Mk1), with all three cars commanding less than the cost of a new Porsche 991.2 Carrera.
Ranging from £60,995 to £66,995, we’ve picked the most expensive latter example, a 2005 Porsche 911 GT3 with just 26,000 miles on the clock and “an exemplary over rev report”. With RPM one of the foremost GT3 experts on the independent market, we’d be inclined to believe them.
The Basalt Black car was one of the last 996 GT3s supplied to the UK before production in Zuffenhausen was ceased (only the Mk1 cars were built on the motorsport line at Weissach).
Thanks to its revised suspension setup, the Mk2 996 GT3 was a much more civilised proposition out on the open road without foregoing any of the dynamic brilliance that made the GT3 such a huge hit upon its launch nearly 20 years ago.
This particular car from RPM Technik comes in ‘Comfort’ spec, complete with black leather sports seats (rather than the deep 996 generation bucket seats seen on some cars).
As well as raising your pulse on those early weekend morning blasts, the level of luxury inside makes this particular 996 GT3 the perfect partner for an extended road trip, preferably to somewhere motorsport-orientated. Get booking those Le Mans 2017 tickets now.