Fast, lightweight and priced in the stratosphere, the stunning Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 is one of the most collectable Porsches ever. In the last decade alone, it has more than sextupled in value to the delight of enthusiasts who imported them affordably from Japan in years past.
Released as a street-legal homologation special in 1972 to satisfy FIA racing requirements, the Carrera RS (RennSport, or racing sport) is based on the 911S, but features a more powerful engine, lighter body and better all-around handling. Its “Carrera” moniker was derived from the Carrera Panamericana races in Mexico and previously appeared on the Porsche 356 Carrera production model and Carrera 906 racing machine.
There are two Carrera RS 2.7 models — the stripped-down Sport (Lightweight) model for competition and the more comfortable Touring version. Both feature a highly responsive air-cooled, fuel-injected, 2.7-liter SOHC horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine and 5-speed manual transmission.
Thanks in part to friction-reducing Nikasil-coated cylinders proven in Porsche 917 racing cars, this engine smoothly pumps out an impressive 210 PS at 6300 rpm. This is equivalent to 78 hp per liter, a record unsurpassed in a naturally aspirated production 911 engine until 1993.
There are no power-robbing emission controls or heavy-duty bumpers to slow down the Carrera RS 2.7. Moreover, wide-ranging measures in the Sport model and early Touring model further reduce weight. These include the use of thinner body panels and windows, lighter seats, and the removal of amenities and sound insulation.
The unbeatable combination of powerful engine and lightweight body delivers performance that is absolutely thrilling. The Sport model sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, hits 100 mph in 12.8 seconds and achieves a top speed of 152 mph with the Touring version not far behind.
A race-tuned independent front and rear suspension with front and rear anti-roll bars, wide wheels and 4-wheel disc brakes provides phenomenally crisp handling that outperforms other supercars around corners.
The racy body is one the most beautiful in 911 history. While similar to the 911S, it has a chin spoiler, wider rear wheels, wider rear fenders and a ducktail rear spoiler that improves high-speed handling by significantly reducing rear-end lift.
Many 911 Carrera RS 2.7s are white with “Carrera” graphics and stripes across the lower sides of the car. The wheel spokes on these models are painted the same color as the graphics. Other bright body colors can also be found with and without the graphics.
In Japan, the Porsche Carrera RS 2.7 has a special place in people’s hearts because of its starring role in the popular “Circuit Wolf” manga series. The white model with red Carrera lettering shown in the series came to represent the ultimate supercar for many Japanese.
Secondhand Porsche 911s of all colors and stripes, including air-cooled models dating back to the 1960s, can typically be purchased in Japan at lower prices and in better condition than just about anywhere in the world.
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