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The Porsche 911 series sports car is the dream of car lovers all over the world. Unique style, highly practical 2 + 2 layout, rear-mounted rear-wheel drive of a horizontally opposed 6 cylinder engine (RR). No other sports car has spent more than half a century evolving its basic concept since its debut in 1965.
The 911 series can be divided into seven generations, Narrow (901), 930, 964, 996, 997, 991, 992, and each has its own enthusiastic fans. In particular, the rise in popularity of so-called air-cooled models up to the 964 series will not stop.
However, the latest model is said to be the best 911, so the popularity of the water-cooled model is not lost. In particular, each generation has a water-cooling model that is particularly supported "a car-driver". It is a grade called GT3.
The GT3 debuted in 99 as a high performance version of 996. The name comes from the Homologation "GT3" standard for racing scenes.
The 996 GT3 was initially loaded with a 3.6 liter horizontally opposed, natural intake engine that delivered 360 ps. This high-performance engine was a mystery, in the line of so-called "Metzger engine" using the same split-type crankcase (GT1 crank) as the 962 and GT1, the iconic racing cars of the air-cooled age.
The 3-pedal MT alone, which focuses on being lightweight while eliminating comfort as much as possible, instantly captures the hearts of sports car lovers. The 996 GT3 has since evolved into the late 380 ps model, with a special homologation version called GT3RS, ending its sensational model life.
In 2006, the base 996 series advanced from 997 to 911, and the long-awaited GT3 will undergo a full model change.
The 997 GT3, which has improved its aerodynamics to 415 ps, finally surpassing the 400 horsepower mark, also made Porsche fans happy with its rigid 3-pedal MT. Of course, this 3.6 liter horizontally opposed 6 cylinder natural intake also belonged to the lineage of the Metsuger engine.
A further evolution of the 911 GT3 was the 911 GT3RS, the successor to the traditional name RS = Len Schpolt-Racing Sport. The engine is the same 3.6 liter 415 ps Metzger unit as the normal GT3, but the use of a lightweight flywheel enhances the razor's ability.
More importantly, in addition to various weight reductions, the rear suspension circumference and wheel base have been modified to further increase dynamic performance. It has a wider rear tread than the GT3 (Carrera 4S body) and a larger rear wing. The roll gauge in the same color as the body is the point of attention.
The 997 GT3 has since evolved into a late form with 3.8 liters (435 ps, RS 450 ps). Eventually, with the introduction of the GT3RS 4.0 (500 ps), which is limited to 600 units worldwide, I will switch over to the successor model, the 991 GT3.
The 997 GT3 is the last high performance 911 with a GT1 crankcase, and has been a favorite of enthusiasts ever since the 991 GT3 came out.
|Jun Nishikawa’s Highlights!|
This is the GT3RS from the first half of 997, loaded with 3.6 liters "Metzger", which is highly reputed among 911 enthusiasts. When the car was new, the official price of imported car D was about 19 million yen plus an option.
This individual is a parallel import car. Therefore, unlike D car, it is equipped with wide rear wing of the home country specification. Compare the position of the rear lamp and the wing edges. It is much more powerful than the regular one (In fact, each side is about two centimeters wide.).
The odometer points at 19000 kilometers (two-year inspection), which is the ideal distance for enjoying the high-quality running from now on.
There are some scratches on the specially designed lip spoiler. This proves that the height of the car is so low. I think it's better to change the lip when you get used to the low height of the car than to change it at the same time of purchase.
The orange painted roll gauge with the same body color stands out. The condition of the room is very good, and it is in good condition to say that it is ready for battle.
It's not just the look that reminds me of Carrera RS. The sharp, crisp feel of the 3.6 liter flat 6 with 3 pedal MT is also worthy of the RS name.
Originally written by Jun Nishikawa
Photo by Yoshitada Moro
Published on August 2019
|Year of Purchase||Jun 2007|