Introducing the Carrera RS 2.7
Legends exist. And we, at TCC, love legends – especially when they are produced by Porsche. One of the all-time favorites of many car enthusiast is the Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7. In October 1972, Porsche presented its new racing and rallying 911, the 911 Carrera RS 2.7, at the Paris Motor Show. In addition to the base version, the new model was primarily sold in three versions: “Base”, “Sport” and “Touring”. While the 911 Carrera RS 2.7 “Touring” offers comfort, the 911 Carrera RS 2.7 “Sport” offers pure lightweight construction. Its interior is limited to the essentials and many features of the other two versions were omitted.
Built as a special homologation for racing, Porsche used the classic tactic of fitting a larger engine to boost power to about 210 horsepower while simultaneously cutting weight. A lower front air dam, extended fenders for wider wheels and ducktail spoiler at the back made sure the grip, aerodynamics and styling fit the motorsports attitude. Two lightweight seats contribute to the weight reduction. The driver looks in vain for rear seats, floor carpets or a time clock. Even coat hooks and the armrests of the doors fall victim to the slimming diet. The Porsche emblem on the front bonnet is glued on, the rear bumper is made of plastic. The amazing result of these efforts is a 115-kilogram weight reduction.
New features by Porsche
In addition, the 911 Carrera RS 2.7 was the first road sports car in the world with front and rear spoilers, which improved driving stability and increased top speed. Differently wide wheels on the front and rear axles also enable increased cornering speeds and greater braking power. The body, which is 42 millimeters wider at the rear axle, features thin sheet metal, plastic parts and thin glass windows. The high-revving naturally aspirated 2.7 liter engine with a power output of almost 210 hp is accompanied with specially developed five-speed gearbox contribute to the dynamics.
Price and availability
The sales success was astonishing too. Porsche initially planned to only produce 500 vehicles. They ended up producing 17 Base, 200 Sport and 1,308 Touring models.
In times of low or negative interest rates, many people are looking for alternative investment opportunities. This trend has also influenced the 911 Carrera RS 2.7 which is one of the quickest-appreciating vehicles according the Hagerty’s price index. This Porsche is in the league of classic Ferrari’s. Prices increased by a factor of 10x to 20x in the last 15 years.
911 Carrera RS 2.7
Original selling price was CHF 30’000 but current market price is around CHF 550’000 up to CHF 650’000.
Production batch of 17 Base, 200 Sport and 1,308 Touring models.
When to drive:
A Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 as shown on pictures is the perfect fit for a city drive, enjoying the sunset and nostalgia of Paris in the car.
What we love about the car:
The vehicle is one of the many success stories of Porsche and is a must-have for car collectors. The shape and the lines of the Porsche Carrera RS 2.7 are unique in the automotive world and thus with every right an icon.
Photography: Quentin Mercier IG: @quentinm78