Sales spotlight: Porsche 996 GT2
The first five instalments of our new Porsche Sales Spotlight online feature have all showcased the earlier, air-cooled patrons of the iconic 911. This week though, we’re stepping into the water-cooled era with some aplomb – thanks to the 996 GT2.
Currently for sale at esteemed Porsche specialists Paragon – winners of Best Independent Porsche Specialist for Sales at the 2015 Total 911 Awards, no less – this GT2 makes for a sublime performance Porsche and is already a true modern classic.
Finished in Arctic silver, Paragon’s GT2 is well specced, with a rear factory roll cage complementing the standard spec including a limited slip differential and Porsche Carbon Ceramic Brakes. The factory bucket seats, offering a supreme hold around the torso while catering for wide shoulders, have had the Porsche logo embossed into the headrests as another optional extra.
Most shouldn’t need reminding as to the GT2’s supremacy hailing from the fact its flat six is derived from the 1998 Le Mans-winning 911 GT1, with a ferocious 460hp of turbocharged firepower fed via a six-speed manual gearbox to the rear wheels only. To make proceedings a little more interesting, the GT2 comes with no such driver aids enjoyed by its turbocharged sister in the 996 Turbo.
There is, however, also a more humble side to this widdowmaker. Fitted with air conditioning and cruise control, this 996 GT2 is the epitome of Butzi’s brief for a 911 to be able to thrill on the track and comfort on the way to the cinema. Stainelss steel kick plates and and an extensive Arctic silver interior package finish the car off nicely and, with 48,992 miles on the clock, Paragon’s example is well priced too at £119,995 – as our 2016 collector’s issue will tell you, we believe there’s still some way to go for the 996 GT2 yet.