The North Coast 500 is one of Europe’s best driving routes, and better still, it’s right on our doorstep. In evo issue 274, Jethro Bovingdon takes a drive in the glorious GT3 RS 4.0, to find out how the very best model of the 997 generation stacks up against today’s offerings.
Back in issue 200, we boldly claimed that the standard 3.8-litre 997 GT3 RS was the very best car we’d driven. With the addition of the intake system from the short-lived GT3 R Hybrid, the block and crank from the RSR, and elements from the hardcore GT2 RS road car, might the limited-run 4-litre be better still?
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The 997 marked the end of the road for the famous Mezger flat-six, and although a 493bhp, 339lb ft output aren’t groundbreaking in 2020, a 1360kg kerb weight gives it a better power-to-weight ratio than the 991.2 GT3 RS. Zero to 62mph comes in 3.8sec and top speed at 193mph – impressive considering its three pedal set-up and lack of launch control.
It might be beginning to feel its age in terms of design, with it lacking some of the refinement and tech we’ve come to expect from more recent cars, but do today’s offerings overshadow it in terms of performance? There’s no doubt that the likes of the 991 GT2 RS is an exhilarating machine, and we’re sure the 992 GT cars won’t disappoint, but can they ever match what is often considered one of Porsche’s finest achievements?
Pick up a copy of evo issue 274 to read Jethro Bovingdon’s full story. If you’ve been unable to make it to the shops, single issues are available for purchase via magsdirect.co.uk.
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Car pictures of the week: archive
Below are some of our favourite images from previous editions of evo car pictures of the week. Click on the pictures for the full galleries.
Click below to see all the images of our first car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring the indomitable Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTI, Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 and the stunning Porsche 911 re-imagined by Singer.
Here we dig further back into the evo archives where we pull out some iconic images of the Ford GT slightly out of context in the European Alps, a TVR Sagaris in central London, the Audi RS2 as well as one of our most iconic twin tests between the Ferrari 599 GTO and Lexus LF-A.
The previous-generation Bentley Continental GT seemed to get better with age, a notion mirrored by the Jaguar E-type when in modern ‘lightweight’ form. Both of these British icons, as well as the Aston Martin Vantage GT12 feature in gallery three.
Fans might have cried fowl when Ferrari decided to turbocharge the Ferrari 488, but it’s not like Ferrari don’t have a history with turbocharged V8 engines. Here the 488 co-stars alongside the stunning F40, while elsewhere in this gallery we take a Porsche Cayman GTS to Japan for a stunning mountain blast.
Italian twelve-cylinder supercars seem to be the main agenda in the fourth evo car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring four V12 Lambos and the stunning 599 SA Aperta limited edition alongside its 550 Barchetta predecessor.
A gallery of new and old, here the McLaren 720S cemented its place as a truly great supercar alongside a daring night shoot with an Audi R8 LMX, pitch a Nissan GT-R and Audi Quattro against each other on Welsh mountain roads and drive the original 'Hakosuka' GT-R.
Ford's RS200 in a moody dark garage is just one of many amazing shoots in our 8th gallery, click on the image for the full gallery
Click on the image below for our ninth car pictures of the week gallery, including this hardcore lot!
Our tenth gallery turned it up another notch, including the wettest shoot in history (apparently).
The best hardcore Ferrari supercars and more feature in our 11th car pictures of the week gallery.