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Uniting an early 1973 Porsche 911 RS 2.7 with a 2006 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 997.1

Separated by thirty-three years, this 911 Carrera RS 2.7 and first-generation 911 GT3 RS 997 share Porsche’s crucial ‘road racer’ DNA...

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FRUIT OF THE ZOOM
Porsche released the now legendary 911 Carrera RS 2.7 in readiness for the 1973 model year. Fifty years on, we can look back at a strong suite of road-legal, race-inspired 911s able to trace their DNA back to the ducktailed homologation special. Today’s Rennsports, however, have become somewhat burdened by size, weight and a wealth of electronic driver aids, all of which are dictated by modern safety standards, a result of engine output increasing exponentially. Not so with the first-generation 997 GT3 RS, which expertly straddles the analogue and digital eras of Porsche production. With this in mind, we brought together one of the first five hundred Carrera RS 2.7s (build number 433, in fact) and a super-low mileage 997 GT3 RS. You might think comparing 911s separated by more than three decades is a tough call, but these zesty coupes have more in common than one might consider at first glance. This features a pretty even split of retro and modern Porsches — not only do we spend quality time (both on- and off-road) with the new 992 Dakar, we return to New England to check out the trio of air-cooled classics owned by Def Leppard guitarist, Vivian Campbell. Enjoy the article.
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Modified 1300bhp Porsche 911 Turbo S 997.2 ‘The General’

Arguably one of the most exciting 911 road-to-race car conversions ever done, we take a close look at the Franco Scribante Racing 997 Turbo S-based race car.

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Porsche 911 Carrera 4S 997 vs. Boxster S 987

Norfolk is one of the only counties in the UK without motorways. Instead, it features countless twisty backroads, ideal for darting around in a Porsche. No wonder 911 & Porsche World editor, Dan Furr, and long-time contributor, Johnny Tipler, live there...

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2010 Porsche 911 Carrera 997.2

Already a modern classic, the 997.2 Carrera is a great link between old and new, as Total 911 discovers on a winter drive…

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1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S 993 vs. 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS 997.2

Carrera widebodies Paul Cowland pits the revered 997 GTS against the classic 993 S, to see which is the best wide-hipped Carrera.The 993 Carrera S and 997 GTS offer girth, spec and the purity of normal aspiration. But which is the better driver’s car? Total 911 finds out…

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Air versus water with the Porsche 911 964 and 911 997

In terms of engineering and construction, the 964 and 997 are chalk and cheese on the 911 pantheon. Thanks to their individual attributes, however, both command a similarly powerful fan base. If you have a mind to, these Porsches can also be significantly modified, as we discovered on an Essex airfield shakedown

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2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T 991.2 vs. 2005 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.6 997.1

Ten years after the seventh-generation 911 landed, we revisit the end-of-line 991.2 Carrera T and introduce it to an early example of the 997.1 Carrera

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