The Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 is an undisputed icon of automotive history, unique and unforgettable. Fifty years after its world premiere, the Porsche Museum is honouring it with a special exhibition, “Spirit of Carrera RS”. Starting on 20 September 2022, the Porscheplatz in Zuffenhausen will be all about the “ducktail”, “RS” or “2.7”, as the sports car is known among Porsche enthusiasts.
Back to the unveiling in Paris
When the RS was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show on 5 October 1972, it was the first series-production car in the world with front and rear spoilers. The requirements for the 911 base vehicle for racing and rallying were clearly defined: light and fast were the watchwords. To achieve the objectives, Hans Mezger and Valentin Schäffer developed the 2.7-liter six-cylinder boxer engine with fuel injection from the ground up new. In the Sport version, the 210-PS, 960-kg Coupé went from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.8 seconds and topped out at almost 245 km/h.
The precise aerodynamics designed back then with racing cars in mind still make the RS unique today. “It’s the most direct technology transfer from motorsport to series production that ever occurred. Nothing about this has changed to this day and it is part of a modelled tradition at Porsche,” says Head of GT Vehicles Andreas Preuninger.
What can you expect at the special exhibition in the Porsche Museum?
The Porsche Museum tells the story of the RS and its racing cousin, the RSR, not only through the cars and anecdotes but also with films, photos, racing posters and interactive features. Visitors can, for example, put together their own custom RS by turning the model detail and color wheel of the kaleidoscope. To fulfill as many personal wishes as possible, Porsche held fast to the customization principle with the Carrera RS 2.7. Buyers could choose from a wide array of colors and equipment options.
The strong demand took the sports car manufacturer by surprise, which initially had planned a mere 500 series-produced cars for homologation. At the center of the special exhibition is a bright yellow 911 Carrera RS 2.7 in Touring spec, as well as a rare prototype in green metallic. The vehicles, development documents, advertising brochures, price lists, the Carrera logo, and an article from the customer magazine Christophorus describe the path from the development vehicle to the production-ready Porsche.
The RS family
Visitors can also look forward to seeing other extraordinary cars from the family lineage of the ducktail spanning five decades of Porsche history. With the duo of the 911 (964) RS and 911 (993) RS, Porsche expanded the RS family to include air-cooled sports cars. The water-cooled era is represented by the 911 (996) GT3 RS, 911 (997) GT3 RS, 911 (991) GT3 RS, and 911 (992) Sport Classic models, the last of which is a collector’s edition from the Heritage Design Series from Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur and features a fixed rear spoiler.
The car’s moniker from the realm of avian anatomy was inspired by the shape of the rear spoiler. At high speeds, the ducktail presses the 911 to the ground and thus reduces the lift to achieve the ideal balance and enable higher top speeds. With the RS half a century ago, the sports car manufacturer achieved the perfect synthesis between weight, power, aerodynamics, and driving dynamics. Light, fast, race-ready, and road-approved.
Edited Porsche Factory Press Release
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