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Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Funny how two letters of the alphabet can mean so much in the car world. Take ‘GT’ for instance. Literally meaning ‘Grand Tourer’, ‘Gran Tourismo’ or ‘Grand Tourisme’ depending on your mother tongue. That pair from the 26 letters of the alphabet have been around since the beginning of time and certainly back in the 50’s and 60’s a ‘GT’ attached to the boot-lid of your car meant you were driving something very special, indeed highly potent. The problem was that by the 70’s every marketing department in every car mass-producer had cottoned-on to the sales potential of the GT moniker to the detriment of what it actually stood for. Too many mundane hatchbacks were eventually labelled ‘GT’ and so the glamour had gone from the badge.

‘RS’ on the other hand has been treated with a little more respect over the years. For much of its existence as a symbol of power it would seem that Ford had hijacked the ‘Rally Sport’ badge for its high-performance models and all of them deserved to wear the badge with pride. But Ford were not the first to the podium with RS because in 1967 Chevrolet released the Camaro RS, so there. Other manufacturers have trodden carefully with the Rally Sport badge including mainstream makers such as Renault with their rather excellent Clio RS and Audi with the RS4 and RS6.

But RS also stands for ‘Renn Sport’ in Germany which literally translated means ‘racing sport’ and if there was one manufacturer who stands proud and tall in the use of the RS badge it is Porsche. Dating back to its first application for the public in 1973 with the Carrera 2.7 RS the company has reserved these two letters for those road cars which have reached the peak of their development.

A 911 GT3 is a very potent car indeed. But add the RS badge and you have the very best that Porsche can produce which means that it is arguably the best car in the so-called GT3 sector.

The 911 GT3 RS kicked-off in 2003 with the 996-based version and it was an unashamedly hard-core version of the ‘normal’ GT3. The focus was on track-day handling with stiffened suspension and so the interest in 911 RS variants began. Today they have become amongst the most highly desirable and collectable of all 911’s.

And so we come to the 911 (997) GT3 RS that we are advertising on behalf of the current owner.

This GT3 RS is a 997 Gen 1 which means that it is fitted with the legendary ‘Mezger’ 3.6 litre flat-six powerplant that has its origins in the successful 962 and GT1 racing engines.

The car is right hand drive, has so far recorded only 6000 miles from new and has also undergone a recent major service and thorough inspection by Porsche Tonbridge to give the car a clean bill of health.

Finished in sought-after limited edition Pure Orange this GT3 RS is in superb condition, has never been raced or tracked and comes with a comprehensive specification as follows:-

Full Black ‘RS’ Decals/Black Painted Alloys
‘RS’ Fire-resistant-material Carbon Bucket seats
Alcantara Steering Wheel, Gearstick and Handbrake
Floor Mats
Driver’s 4-Point Harness
Porsche Carbon Composite Brakes (PCCB)
Bi-Xenons with Headlamp Wash
Top Tinted Windscreen
PCM System with European SatNav Disc
Sport Chrono Package Plus
Door entry guards in Carbon
Carbon rear Console
Extended Interior Carbon Package
Roll Cage Painted in Pure Orange
Excellent Service History

Following the car’s inspection Porsche Tonbridge told us that it was one of the most original non-abused GT3 RS’s they had seen for a long time. High praise indeed and the car is unlikely to disappoint anybody looking for a particularly cared-for example.

Considering the very high premiums people are prepared to pay for a 991 GT3 RS these days this future collectable Porsche looks a very sound investment for the longer term.

Sorry – this car is now SOLD!

Please note that part exchanges may be considered.

Meanwhile, here is a short video of the car in action….

For pricing details or to arrange a viewing of this GT3 RS please contact The Car Spy on 01892 506970 or email sales@thecarspy.net

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There are some cars which will always command a lot of attention whenever a new version is announced and the Porsche 911 GT3 is one of them. Since the first GT3 version was launched way back in 1999 just over 14000 have been produced and of those that still survive each one has appreciated in value. In other words, they have been a solid-gold automotive investment.

A few years ago we sold a well cared-for 2005 996 GT3 which would be worth around £70k today…..

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And also this drop-dead gorgeous 2010 997 GT3 RS which would set you back in excess of £135k in today’s money – possibly even more than that soon as values continue to rise northwards.

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We cant tell you what the owners paid for these cars when they bought them from us but they will be comforted by the fact that their GT3’s are akin to having a barrel full of diamonds in the garage. Nice.

The latest (991) GT3 had barely been announced when the right hand drive allocation was sold out – it seems the desire for a GT3 burns bright here in the UK

The only other option it seemed was to purchase a left-hooker since the factory would make a few more of those to satisfy (most of) the rest of the world.

Fortunately we have access to a brand new, unregistered, left hand drive GT3 which has just arrived in the UK from Germany and is vat qualifying.

The specification is as follows:-

Carrera White (Solid)
Leather and Alcantara Interior
GT3 Wheels in Anthracite
Front Axle Lifting System
Dynamic Light System (PDLS)
Sport Seat 6 Point [heated] (Including Harness)
Tracking system (VTS)
Floor mats
Phone Prep
PCM with Navigation
Sound package
Aluminium Interior Trim
Alcantara Steering Wheel
Alcantara Armrest Lid
Red Harness Belts

Just for the record the latest incarnation of the GT3 features a 3.8 litre, flat-six engine mated to a PDK transmission which together produce 475 hp. The car is capable of providing a 0-60 mph time of 3.0 seconds and a top speed of 195 mph according to the manufacturer.

For further details and pricing please get in touch in the first instance on 01892 506970 because we are not expecting this sought-after GT3 to be available for very long or drop The Car Spy an email at sales@thecarspy.net.

Finished in Polar Silver with Black Soft Ruffled Leather Interior this April 1995 registered, right hand drive 911 Turbo has recorded 51000 miles only and comes with the following options in addition to the standard specification:-

Manual 6 Speed Transmission, Taxed until November 2014, MOT valid until November 2014, 18″ Turbo Style 1 alloys (Porsche Original), Pirelli P Zero Tyres, Blaupunkt Single CD with AUX for iPod, Leather Dash and Centre Console, Original Leather 4-spoke Steering Wheel, Sports Seats, Trip Computer, Full Electric Seats, Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Rear Wiper, Electric Sunroof, Full Porsche and Specialist Service History, Beautiful example.

This 911 Turbo is now SOLD!

For further details please give The Car Spy a call on ++44(0)1892 506970 or email sales@thecarspy.net.

Finished in Geyser Grey Metallic with Agate Leather/Special Fabric Interior this new, unregistered, right hand drive 911 50th Anniversary comes with the following options in addition to the standard specification:-

Limited to 1963 Units Worldwide, PDK Transmission, Aluminium Fuel Filler Cap, Painted Headlamp Cleaning System, Electric Glass Sunroof, Electric Folding Exterior Mirrors, Auto Dimming Interior Mirror with Rain Sensor, Privacy Glass, Sport Chrono Pack Plus, Power Steering Plus, 20″ Sport Classic Wheels (Fuchs), Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Rear Foot-well Lighting, Painted Vehicle Key, Light Design Package, Speed Limit Indicator, Adaptive Cruise Control, Home Link, Adaptive Sports Seats (18 Way), Pedals in Aluminium, Electronic Logbook for PCM, Six Disc CD/DVD, Mobile Phone Prep, BOSE, DAB, VTS, PCM. List Price £107901 inc VAT.

This 911 50th Anniversary will be aaricing December 2013 and is available to purchase today at £POA

Please note this car is VAT qualifying.

For further details please give The Car Spy a call on ++44(0)1732 760699 or email sales@thecarspy.net

Porsche 911 50th Anniversary

N.B. This image was created using the Porsche configurator. It is not an image of the actual car for sale.

Finished in Basalt Black Metallic with Platinum Grey Leather Interior this new, unregistered, right hand drive 911 Carrera S Cabriolet comes with the following options in addition to the standard specification:-

Black Cabriolet Roof, PDK Transmission, Seat heating, Wheels painted in Platinum, Cruise control, Seat ventilation, Windscreen with grey top-tint, Porsche Entry & Drive, ParkAssist (front and rear), Power steering Plus, Six-disc CD/DVD auto-changer, Electric folding exterior mirrors, Leather interior package, Fully electric Sports seats (14-way) with memory pack, Automatically dimming interior and exterior mirrors, Porsche Communication Management (PCM), Multifunction Steering Wheel, Floor mats, SportDesign Front Apron, Leather Centre Console Trim, Leather Instrument Panel Surround, Leather Steering Column Casing, Heated Steering Wheel, Smoking Package, Mobile Phone Preparation, Burmester Surround Sound System, Voice Control, Online Services, Porsche vehicle Tracking System. List price £106708 including vat.

This 911 Cabriolet is available to purchase today at £103708 including VAT (plus Shipping/Delivery costs)

Please note this car is vat qualifying.

For further details please give us The Car Spy call on ++44(0)1732 760699 or email sales@thecarspy.net.

Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet in Basalt Black

N.B. This image was created using the Porsche configurator. It is not an image of the actual car for sale.

Finished in Basalt Black with Carrera Red Natural Leather Interior this new, unregistered, right hand drive 911 Carrera 4 comes with the following options in addition to the standard specification:-

PDK Transmission, Seat heating, 20-inch SportDesign wheel, Wheel Caps, Cruise control, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Seat ventilation, Windscreen with grey top-tint, Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), Porsche Entry & Drive, Light design package, ParkAssist (front and rear), Electric slide/tilt sunroof, Power steering Plus, Telephone module, Six-disc CD/DVD auto-changer, Electric folding exterior mirrors, Leather interior package in natural leather, Fully electric Sports seats (14-way) with memory pack, Automatically dimming interior and exterior mirrors, Porsche Communication Management (PCM) including navigation, Sports tailpipes, Porsche crest embossed on head restraints, Sports Chrono Package, Multifunction Steering Wheel.

This 911 C4 is available to purchase today at £POA

Please note this car is vat qualifying.

For further details please give The Car Spy a call on ++44(0)1732 760699 or email sales@thecarspy.net.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 PDK Coupe in Basalt Black

N.B. This image was created using the Porsche configurator. It is not an image of the actual car for sale.

The New Porsche Cayman

Posted: November 30, 2012 by The Car Spy in New Cars, New Models, Porsche
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When we recently announced the launch of the new Porsche Cayman on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/thecarspy) somebody asked if this was the new Boxster Coupé. Sometimes the obvious can be blinding but the chap had hit the nail on the head without any of us noticing.

The Cayman is most certainly the Boxster Coupé but that does not lessen the importance of this car in the latest Porsche line-up. In fact this is not only going to be one of their most successful cars ever it is likely to secure the company’s long term financial future.

Consider this – Porsche have a dilemma with the 911 these days. It has become an expensive sports car lately. Go to the Porsche on-line configurator and see how easy it is to spend more than £100k once you start adding some basic options to your entry-level Carrera.

Not many people would argue that the 911 is one of the motoring world’s true icons. The word ‘icon’ is much banded around these days to describe the most mundane of cars that will soon be forgotten but the 911 has been around for a long time now and is much loved or at least respected by almost everybody that likes cars.

Yes the 911 has never been a cheap sports car since its inception but as the world in general became a little more affluent over the years the Porker inevitably became a very popular choice for those who wanted to splash out on a flash car for once in their lives. And a good choice it was too. Superb build quality and reliability came with the package and it was for a long time the only ‘super car’ you could run as a daily commute. How things have changed.

Today there are a lot of cars that offer the same levels of performance as a 911 (forget the Turbo for now) for far less money. They are even built just as well too. One of them just happens to be produced by Porsche itself and it is called the Cayman.

When Porsche first introduced the Cayman to the world in 2006 it was immediately labeled as the ‘poor man’s 911’ because driving anything other than a 911 singled you out as a wannabe Porsche owner. This is something that has afflicted Porsche over the years. If the company had been dependent on the success of the 924, 944 and the 928 it would have died many years ago. The 911 brought home the bacon and essentially that one model was Porsche the company.

So the Cayman, just like the Boxster was seen as a very capable car but only created to fill a gap in the market that Porsche thought it needed to fill. Porsche are like a lot of car manufacturers these days and the pressure to cover every market segment from school-run SUV’s to high-performance super-saloons is considerable. It is a dangerous strategy because a company needs very deep pockets to cover the development costs and it needs to get the product just right. This is why Porsche has a back-door relationship with VW/Audi.

Six years later however and the Cayman is coming into its own. The car has always been a threat to the success of the 911 from the start but Porsche were careful to make sure that the Cayman did not step on its big brother’s toes by keeping power outputs a smidgen lower. The trouble is though Porsche could not make a poor-handling car if it wanted too and the Cayman has always been a class-leader. Only Lotus comes close in offering such sublime grip and poise around a track. It was even whispered that the Cayman was a better all-round proposition that the 911. It was also a lot less money – in fact today it is an absolute bargain.

Recessions tend to focus the mind when it comes to parting with our hard-earned cash. Consumers still want their toys but they don’t want to pay a lot of money for them anymore and it likely to stay like this for some time to come. The 911 is still a highly desirable car even though purists might say it has lost a bit of its personality which has been diluted by excessive use of electronic aids and modern technology. The ‘drive-by-wire’ steering system is much debated in the press and often criticised for detaching the driver’s senses from the car. However it is a subjective topic and it won’t put a lot of people from buying the car once they have driven it. It is just the price tag that makes us grimace.

The Cayman starts at £39694 and the S version starts at £48783 and you even get a complimentary driving course at Silverstone to show you how good the car is. The car is stiffer and lighter than the previous model and still comes with the superb flat-six ‘boxer’ engine in 2.7 or 3.4 litre sizes offering 275 and 325hp respectively. Performance is more than adequate offering a 0-62 mph time of 5.4 seconds with the Sport Chrono option in the 2.7 version and the 3.4 S scorches to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds. Top speed is academic these days but suffice to say you would not be far behind a £100k 911 Carrera.

The point is that in a time when buyers are looking for value for money the Cayman is a rising star. It is no longer the ‘poor man’s 911’. It is in fact the best Porsche you can buy today and you would not be embarrassed to own one. More importantly for Porsche it is their bread-winner for the future.

For more information on the new Cayman or any other Porsche model give The Car Spy a call on 01732 760699 or email sales@thecarspy.net