As far as famous Porsches go, the 911 Carrera RS 2.7 tops the list

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One of the many cars to stem from Ferdinand Piëch’s ambition of making Porsche profitable through racing achievements - aka race on Sunday, sell on Monday, the 911 Carrera RS 2.7 rose quickly to fame. Unlike the 911 R, which had a hard time making a name for itself with the public, the RS 2.7 was a hit.

Sports Car Supreme: Discover the Magic of The Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS
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Back in the early 1970s, Porsche was under pressure from itself to sell at least 500 RS 2.7 units within a year. 500 was, in case you’re asking, the minimum number required to get the car homologated for Group 4 racing.

The road-going car eventually made its official debut at the 1972 Paris Motor Show in October, where 51 customers expressed their firm intention to buy one and signed the order papers on the spot. By November the same year, Porsche sold 500 cars, gaining homologation rights.

Sports Car Supreme: Discover the Magic of The Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS
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Each 911 Carrera RS 2.7 had a price tag of 33,000 German marks. This price tag basically brought you a 911 that tipped the scales at just 960 kilos (2,116 pounds), capable of hitting 100 kph (62 mph) from a standstill in just 5.8 seconds and a top speed of 240 kph (150 mph).

The main culprit behind that was the 2.7-liter, six-cylinder engine and an aero-optimized body kit with new front and rear bumpers and a polarizing rear spoiler that drew many opposing opinions on taste and aesthetics.

Sports Car Supreme: Discover the Magic of The Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS
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1973 Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS specifications
Engine 2.7-liter, six-cylinder
Weight 960 kilos (2,116 pounds)
0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) 5.8 seconds
Top Speed 240 km/h (150 mph)
Needless to say, the first test drives were nothing other than stellar with virtually every car journo praising the RS 2.7’s tendency to stay glued to the road even when pushed hard.

That’s the key to understanding this car’s magic: it has to be driven, and while we could talk all day about specs and whatnot, the video below will do it a lot more justice.

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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