By combining the GT2 and RS badges Porsche came up with a winning combination.
The 997 GT2, in its original form, was a potent car that combined the power of a 911 Turbo with the fun and excitement of rear-wheel drive.
With the 997 GT2 RS, Porsche added light weight into the equation, in true RS style. Out went interior fripperies and in came a lightweight rear window, carbonfibre body panels (including the bonnet). The RS was 70kg lighter than the previous GT2, weighing in at just 1370kg. Other body changes included RS-style front arch extensions and restyled front and rear spoilers.
Power, meanwhile, was up 90bhp over the first 997 GT2, to 620bhp. That gave a power-to-weight ratio of 2.21kg per horsepower.
And in turn that gave stunning performance. 0-62mph took 3.5 seconds, 0-124mph was 9.8 seconds, while top speed was 205mph. The 997 GT2 RS was Porsche’s fastest production 911.
Just 500 examples of the 997 GT2 RS were sold worldwide.
Compression ratio: 12.5:1
Maximum power: 620bhp at 6500rpm
Maximum torque: 700Nm at 2500-5500rpm
Brakes: Front: 380mm discs; rear: 350mm discs. PCCB, servo assisted with ABS
Suspension: Front: Lower wishbones and MacPherson struts with combined coil springs and dampers, plus anti-roll bar
Rear: Multilink with combined coil springs and dampers, plus anti-roll bar
Wheels & tyres: Front: 9Jx19ET47 with 245/35ZR19 Rear: 12Jx19ET48 with 325/30ZR19
0-62mph: 3.5 sec
Top speed: 205mph