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Nine reasons why you need this amazing Porsche 911 GT2 Evo

Be warned: it's expensive. Super-rare GT2 comes up for $1.7m at auction

  • Only 11 were made

    The mid-nineties were a fast-paced and exciting time for GT racing, and by the time this GT2 Evo monster/masterpiece was finished, the competition had already moved the game on. Porsche then, only produced a limited number of street legal cars - 11 - before switching to the 996. Forget your Veyrons, Huayras and other Instagram staples: this is what a really rare car looks like.

    Words: Ben Custard

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  • It produces 600bhp from a 3.6 litre flat six

    Nowadays, you can’t enter the supercar race unless you’re boasting figures of 600+ bhp. But in 1996, 600bhp was a mind-bogglingly high number. It was an increase of 156bhp over the ‘standard’ 444bhp GT2 which, according to Top Gear maths, makes it a whole Alfa Romeo 166 more powerful than the still-rare GT2. That meant that it would hit over 190mph. Oh, and to save weight, it was only rear wheel drive, whereas the road-going Turbo had the added security of 4WD.

  • It looks excellent

    Just look at those comic book fenders, cavernous front air intakes and fantastic exhaust layout (the two central ones and one each side), and try to argue that it doesn’t look amazing. Of course, it’s all functional. That aggressive front spoiler was used to channel as much air as possible into the engine, and to keep the oil and brakes cool. It also gives it hefty street presence, as a nice added bonus.

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  • The rear wing is gigantic

    Does a beaten up, ten year old FWD saloon need a chuffing great spoiler? No, it doesn’t. The GT2 Evo, on the other hand, does. Not content with the wing on the ‘standard’ GT2, Porsche added another level onto the Evo so that the owner could park up and let kids use the spoiler as goalposts. Or to pin the car down on the track with even more downforce, whichever was most suitable. The spoiler even had integrated air scoops, to help cool the rear-mounted 3.6-litre flat six.

  • A cave is less stripped out than the GT2 Evo

    A modern stripped out Porsche, such as a GT2 or GT3 RS, might have door handles made from rope, but that’s nothing compared to the sparsity of the GT2 Evo. There are no fripperies; just the one single seat, half a dashboard and two fire extinguishers. You know a car’s fast when it needs not one but two fire extinguishers.

  • Um, it’s practical. Sort of

    It’d make the ideal car for a trip to the supermarket, or IKEA. OK, bear with us on this one - just look at the amount of space you’ve got with everything stripped out. Sure, it’ll be noisy as anything, your ice cream will melt almost immediately and your significant other will have to be left behind, but this, right here, is a Porsche MPV. Albeit an MPV for one person, and a few light things. This one may be a stretch.

  • Your livery could be here

    It’s a total blank canvas. You could emblazon it with the classic and gorgeous Martini livery, create your own racing team colours with it, or even let small children run wild and squiggle all over it, like Land Rover did when they announced the new Discovery.

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  • One careful owner from new

    This is apparently important in used car circles. If this GT2 wasn’t going under the hammer at a prestigious auction, the listing might say that it was only used to pop to the shops (on the way from Spa, perhaps). It’s only done 7,000km since 1996, which is why it looks as pristine as it does in these pictures.

  • And now, back to Earth

    No need to Google it; the sale of your kidneys is unlikely to cover the price of this GT2. When it goes up for sale in early November, it’s expected to reach between $1.25m and $1.75m. But then it’s rarer than a blue giraffe, has a stonking engine and actual motorsport pedigree, and that alone is worth its weight in gold wheels.

    Fancy bidding on the auction? Click here.

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