The final evolution of the 997 generation.
You read that headline correctly. It's not every day that a nearly decade-old Porsche 911 comes long that happens to be worth more than a brand new Lamborghini Aventador S base price. This Porsche, however, is not just any Porsche. It is the 997.2 911 GT3 RS 4.0. Launched for 2011, the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 was offered for a single model year in extremely limited numbers. Just 600 examples were built with only 141 units making it to the US. Another 16 went to Canada.
Every car came powered by a 4.0-liter flat-six engine totaling 500 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual delivered that power to the rear wheels. The so-called "standard" 997.2 GT3 RS featured a 3.8-liter flat-six, though it was not equipped with titanium connecting rods, revised intake manifold, a freer-flowing exhaust, and higher-flow air filters with carbon fiber housings like its more powerful sibling.
Porsche purposely made the GT3 RS 4.0 very special because it was the final stage of evolution for the 997 911 generation, which was first launched for 2004. It was a grand display of everything the 997 was capable of. Needless to say, its performance specs were very impressive and remain so today. It lapped the Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 27 seconds. Making the sprint from 0 to 60 mph takes only 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 193 mph is possible (though the speedometer goes up to 225 mph). It weighs a total of just 2,998 pounds, thus giving it a power-to-weight ratio of 365 hp per ton.
Those who managed to snag one either had to be in Porsche's good graces (such as Jerry Seinfeld) or were in the right place at the right time with cash in hand.
This example, up for sale on Bring A Trailer, is chassis #200 out of 600 and was purchased new by the seller in Beverly Hills. The owner hardly ever drove it because there are only 1,500 miles on the odometer. That's good for future resale value (we'll get to that in a moment), but it's still a shame a car like this is just sitting in some garage neglecting its full potential. Finished in Carrera White, it come fitted with the Sport Chrono Package Plus, carbon-ceramic brakes, 19-inch center-lock wheels, that massive fixed rear wing, and, of course, those 'RS 4.0' side graphics. Inside, black leather sports seats boast carbon fiber shells and red Alcantara inserts.
There is one slight and totally fixable blemish: a chip on the hood stripe. The car has remained in Nevada, where it's currently titled, for the past few years and is completely accident and issue free. As of this writing, the highest bid for the car was $355,000 but there are still several days left until the auction ends. To those with the necessary means we wish you happy bidding.