2002 Porsche 911 GT2
While Porsche’s 996 model didn’t instantly amaze and amuse the purists who were concerned that liquid cooling their favourite sports car might dilute the end result, there were no such qualms over the GT versions of the same model. And of those GT versions, the GT2 must surely rate as the most outrageous interpretation of the road-going 911 to that point in history.
Tried and Proven
While it adopted the liquid cooling of the basic 996 package, it applied it not to a new engine cylinder block, but to the tried and proven aluminium crankcases that also featured a true race-style dry-sump oiling system. The 911 turbo used the same basic 3.6-litre package, but the GT2 added larger turbochargers, intercoolers with increased capacity, different intake and exhaust manifolds and a retuned ECU to bump power to 3400 kW. Given that horsepower was pushing just 1,440 kg, performance was explosive with 0 to 100 km/h in under four seconds and a top speed of 315 km/h.
Fixed Rear Wing
Even though it was an outlandish performer, the aerodynamic changes to the GT2 were fairly restrained by modern standards and included a rear wing with a fixed angle of attack as per the rules of international GT racing which was the car’s inspiration. For that same reason, the GT2 was also rear-drive (the standard Turbo model was all-wheel-drive) as the regulations for this class banned drive to more than one axle.
While prices of the more prosaic 996 series 911s have followed the usual depreciation trends over the years, the GT cars, including the GT2, have become seriously sought-after collectibles with retained values reflecting this. This particular car has covered low kilometres and its fitted with the factory sports seats (the GT2 had no rear seat) in basic black, with yellow seat-belts as a contrasting feature.
Features include: Factory sports seats, cruise-control, carbon-ceramic brakes, body kit, 19-inch alloy wheels, ABS, air-conditioning, power mirrors and windows.