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Porsche’s 911 GT3 RS-Based 1973 Carrera RS 2.7 Tribute Has Finally Reached U.S. Shores

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Kicking off a long line of up-specced GT and RS spec models, the 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 was a watershed sports car through and through, representing one of the fastest and most high-performance cars available upon its debut. And with 2023 marking the first RS car’s 50th anniversary, Porsche has opted to mark the occasion via a special one-off tribute to the ‘70s era track-focused variant based on the Stuttgart firm’s latest production track weapon. 

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This rolling tribute to the 911 Carrera RS 2.7 is based on Porsche’s new 911 GT3 RS — an absolute beast of a track car that’s good for 518hp, a 0-60mph time of three seconds, and a top speed of 184mph. While the GT3 RS’ 4.0-liter flat-six engine has gone unchanged, the car has been treated to numerous tweaks both inside and out — all of which offers nods to the original RS-spec model from ’73. Started using a special white key, the car boasts a slew of specially colored Exclusive Manufaktur elements in Python Green — the hue that adorned the original RS 2.7. This includes Python Green magnesium wheels, mirror caps, vintage-style GT3 RS graphics on the doors, a model-exclusive rear bumper graphic, and a special RS American flag logo on the wing — an item that’s also decorated via PORSCHE script on its underside. Also gracing the tribute are RS valve stem caps, keycaps, and a custom plate frame — all of which come in Python Green. 

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Inside, the cabin has been bestowed with an embossed RS-logoed leather center console, Carbon sport seats with special Weissach RS-logoed headrests, illuminated door sills with custom inserts reading “Tribute To Carrera RS,” and Python Green accent stitching throughout. The tribute also comes loaded with carbon fiber anti-roll bars, coupling rods, and a shear panel also crafted from the lightweight weave. On top of a special watch from Porsche Design, each unit is also sold with a set of 1:43 scale model cars; one of the 1973 Carrera RS and the other a replica of the GT3 RS-based tribute.

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The Porsche 911 GT3 RS 2.7 Tribute will make its public U.S. debut on March 15th at Sebring International Raceway during the 12 Hours of Sebring race. Deliveries to North American customers is slated to commence in the weeks that follow.