Porsche 911 GT3 RS Carrera RS 2.7 Tribute
The 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS made its first personal appearance at 2022 The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, just two days after its digital world premiere. The show car – modified by the GT Model Line and Style Porsche – pays tribute to the 1972 911 Carrera RS 2.7. Additionally, as announced by Kjell Gruner, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America Inc. (PCNA), the car will serve as inspiration for a limited-edition Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur offering exclusively for US customers: a Tribute to Carrera RS package.
“America is the second home of the 911 and a special tribute to the USA is the perfect way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 911 Carrera RS 2.7,” said Gruner. “So many of us loved the original 1972 car. We want to create a special experience that combines exclusive options on the new GT3 RS with a unique list of related items. Together it will be an exciting and individual tribute to the RS line. This is an early stage live project and is being created by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts as a joint effort of our colleagues in Zuffenhausen, Flacht and our team in America.The ideas and concepts are really exciting and we have a lot of fun developing them – we all look forward to sharing more details with you soon.”
Fittingly for Monterey Car Week, the model on display has been extensively personalized. Finished in white with key parts in Python Green, the car is a direct reference to the iconic white-green color configuration offered on the first 911 “RS” model in 1972, as well as a reinterpretation of it. In this case, the bodywork is finished in non-metallic white, including side air intakes painted to match the model designation graphics on the sides and rear in Python Green, forged aluminum wheels in Python Green with white pinstripes. Exclusive Design taillights emphasize the green-on-white theme by eliminating the red color of the taillights and the third brake light. Finally, the side plates on the left and right ends of the large rear wing are painted white with RS logos in Python Green.
“Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur allows customers to personalize their car in such a way that the car is as much a reflection of them as it is of Porsche,” said Karl-Heinz Volz, director of Exclusive Manufaktur Options. “Personalization is a Porsche tradition that dates back to our first production model, the 356, when a customer asked to add a windshield wiper to the rear window of their car. Today, it’s an incredibly comprehensive personalization program with options ranging from minor changes to real one-off creations.”
The headlights also have a white pinstripe ring, something not available through the normal factory options list. The color combination continues inside the car with matching stitching, trim panels in white to match the exterior.
“As a car enthusiast growing up, my walls were plastered with models that I particularly loved. One of the most influential was the 911 Carrera RS 2.7. As a young child it captured my imagination and even today it puts a smile on my face says Andreas Preuninger, Director GT Model Lines. “That’s where the styling inspiration of the 996 GT3 RS came from, which was one of my first projects at Porsche. At the time, that car felt totally extreme, so nodding colors to the ancestor made sense. Today is a very emotional moment for me to pay tribute to the first 911 RS model with our most extreme and capable 911 GT3 RS yet.”
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