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Fifty years of the Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7

Fifty years of the Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7


About 50 years ago, Porsche began with the development of the 911 Carrera RS 2.7, intended as a homologation special. It was to be a very light, fast sports car and became a new base vehicle for racing and rallying that featured many technical innovations. Weight, aerodynamics, engine and chassis were all worked on intensively.

Porsche initially planned to build 500 examples in order to homologate the 911 Carrera RS 2.7 for Group 4 Special GT cars. It became a road-approved vehicle for customers who also wanted to participate in racing events. The interior of the 911 Carrera RS 2.7 ‘Light’ (M471) was pared back to the essentials; the rear seats, carpets, clock, coat hooks and armrests all removed. Upon request from the customer, two lightweight seat shells replaced the heavier sports seats. 

The 2.7-litre flat-six fuel-injected engine produced a powerful 210 PS, this enabled it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.8 seconds, making the 911 Carrera RS 2.7 the first production car to break the six-second mark. The RS 2.7 became the ideal synthesis between weight, performance, aerodynamics and handling.

From 20 September 2022, the Porsche Museum is putting on a special exhibition dedicated to 50 years of the 911 Carrera RS 2.7.

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