2022 | London Auction
2011 Porsche 997 GT3 RS 3.8 Clubsport
£300,000 - £350,000
A Revered Porsche Model Finished in Uncommon Paint-to-Sample Black
Equipped with Clubsport Package, Ceramic Brakes, and Front Axle-Lift System
Pristine Example Showing Less than 7,400 Km from New
Accompanied by Books, Tools, Keys, and Documentation
Race-Bred 911 with Manual Transaxle, Mezger Engine, and Stunning Performance
3,797 CC DOHC 24-Valve Flat 6-Cylinder Engine
Electronic Fuel Injection
450 BHP at 7,900 RPM
6-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Cross-Drilled Carbon Ceramic Disc Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with MacPherson Struts
Rear Independent Multi-Link LSA Suspension
Original Owner, Germany (acquired new in 2010)
Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Temporary UK Import
See UK Registration/Import Status Guide in catalogue.
The first Porsche to wear the RS badge was the 1973 Carrera RS 2.7. A homologation special that allowed Porsche to compete in the forebearer to today’s FIA GT racing series, the model is considered by many to be the ultimate expression of the original 911. RS nomenclature reappeared on the 996-generation GT3 with performance enhancements made through an uprated engine, weight-saving measures, stiffer suspension, and aggressive aerodynamics. The introduction of a second-generation 997 GT3 RS in 2010 heralded improvements over the outgoing model, including an enlarged 3.8-liter Mezger engine with lighter-weight internals helping it spin faster to an 8,500 rpm redline. Delivering an additional 15 hp for a total of 450, RS-specific parts included a titanium rear muffler and exhaust tips that together saved 13 pounds of weight.
Dynamic engine mounts and RS-specific tuning for its active suspension helped the RS adapt to minute changes on the road’s surface and sharpened handling. Additionally, a wider rear track and revised bodywork enhanced downforce and stability. Mated to a six-speed manual transaxle with shorter gear ratios and throws than the standard GT3, the RS was capable of 0–60 mph in 3.8 seconds, 100 mph in 8.1 seconds, and a top speed of 196 mph. After previously stating that Porsches were glorified Beetles, even the world’s most famous automotive journalist, Jeremy Clarkson, was enchanted, wondering during a May 2010 road test for The Sunday Times newspaper how it would be possible to live without the new RS.
This 2011 Porsche 997 GT3 RS 3.8 is one of approximately 1,500 built from 2010 to 2011, and was delivered new through Porsche Zentrum Limburg in Germany in October 2010. Very uncommon for a rest-of-world car when most were painted in Grey Black or Carrara White, this RS is presented in paint-to-sample Black with contrasting red factory graphics and wheels, and a black Nomex fabric interior. It is further distinguished by its desirable factory Clubsport package, with lightweight carbon fiber bucket seats, plexiglass rear window, bolt-in roll bar, and fire extinguisher. Additional options include Porsche carbon ceramic brakes, front axle-lift system, Sport Chrono Package Plus, interior carbon package, carbon center console, and Porsche Communication Management 3.1 with navigation.
Accompanied by its books, keys, original dealership paperwork, and service invoices, this pristine RS registers less than 7,400 km (4,598 miles) on its odometer and is unmodified, remaining faithful to factory specification. A DME report performed in March 2022 shows no overrevs in ranges two to six.
Capable of exceptional performance on the road or track, the GT3 RS 3.8 Clubsport is one of the most visceral analog sports cars you can’t buy new. The sale of this carefully used and uniquely specified example must be seen as a vanishing opportunity for any Porsche collector.