Total 911’s favourite Porsche 911 Rennsports ever
The waiting is nearly over. The Porsche 991 GT3 RS release is nearly upon us. However, until then, we will have to be satisfied looking over the Rennsport history books and the delectable collection of metal they contain.
As part of our #RennsportWeek celebrations, the Total 911 team have voted for their six favourite Porsche 911 RSs, with Lee, Josh and Steve scoring their choices with the Porsche Supercup points system (fitting for Porsche’s most motorsporting car).
With the totals totted up and checked, we can now bring you Total 911’s favourite Rennsport 911s. How would your top six look?
Often referred to as ‘the forgotten RS’, the 3.0-litre Rennsport was the successor to the famed 2.7 RS of 1973. Launched a year later, it was only available in ‘Lightweight’ trim and RHD examples are so rare, they’re referred to by their colour.
The first water-cooled Rennsport 911, the Porsche 996 GT3 RS was also the inaugural offering based on Porsche’s racing-derived GT3 platform. With 2.7 RS-inspired decals, the 996 GT3 RS was an undervalued beast until a surge in prices over the last 18 months.
Launched as part of the Porsche 997’s swan song, the GT2 RS is the only official Rennsport ever to have been turbocharged, turning out a mighty 620bhp. This propelled it onto 205mph and a Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time of 7m18s, making it the fastest production 911 ever.
Whether in Riviera Blue and Clubsport spec, or a more subdued Midnight Blue ‘Comfort’ affair, the 993 Carrera RS is a huge office favourite, thanks in part to its place at the end of the air-cooled Rennsport lineage. The fact it also handles like a dream helps its cause too.
The original Rennsport icon. Born in the latter half of 1972 and officially released in 1973, the 2.7-litre RS proved immensely popular, requiring Porsche to build a second run after the first 500 sold out almost immediately. With its ‘Carrera’ decals and ducktail spoiler, this 911 will always be remembered.
The car that the upcoming 991 GT3 RS will have to live up to. The Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0 is potentially the ultimate embodiment of the Rennsport philosophy. With more aerodynamic grip than its 3.8-litre counterpart, the RS 4.0 never fails to stand out. The last Mezger-engined 911 has earned its rightful place in the history books.