You could spend upwards of £200,000 on a nearly new Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Or you could save yourself the best part of £170,000 by opting for a Porsche Carrera 4+Custom 996 to 911 991 GT3 RS Replica+Race Spec+997+F1+4×4.
Admittedly, the name doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, and you’re unlikely to find this particular model in a Big Book of Porsche History, but it might save you a tidy sum. Not to mention countless calls to Porsche dealers as you search for a new 911 GT3 RS for the recommended retail price.
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The ad claims – in uppercase text, for maximum impact: “HERE WE HAVE A VERY UNIQUE VEHICLE FOR SALE.”
We’re not entirely sure that something can be very unique, but we’ll run it with.
“THIS 996 HAS UNDERGONE A COMPLETE TRANSFORMATION TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL. COMPLETELY CHANGING THE DESIGN OF THE CAR TO A COMPLETE MONSTER.”
Actually, Halloween has been and gone. Besides, is this “complete monster” designed to be a trick or a treat?
“THIS VEHICLE HAS A FULL BODYKIT SUPPLIED AND FITTED BY XCLUSIVE CUSTOMZ. HERE WE HAVE A PORSCHE 911 996 FULLY CONVERTED TO THE BRAND NEW 991 GT3 RS. THIS VEHICLE IS A COPY OF A £250000 SUPER CAR.”
No expense has been spared in creating this ‘copy’ of a new 991 GT3 RS, making it unrecognisable from its 996 Carrera 4 former self. Indeed, Porsche aficionados might find it unrecognisable from a 991 GT3 RS. But we digress.
There are many reasons why this is not a ‘copy’ of a Porsche 911 GT3 RS, not least the absence of a 4.0-litre six-cylinder engine developing 500hp. But hey, a GT3 RS owner doesn’t get to play with a manual gearbox.
Besides, as the ad claims: “THERE IS NOT ANOTHER LIKE THIS ON THE MARKET.” This is the truth. We checked on Auto Trader.
According to the DVLA, this “metallic white” Porsche 911 is actually listed as ‘grey’ and was registered in October 2001. It comes with a fresh MOT, having failed the test the first time for the nearside front headlamp not working on dipped beam. That’ll be those costly aftermarket LED headlights playing up.
If this GT3 RS doesn’t float your boat, Xclusive Customz will offer you a ‘Porsche 996 to 997 body kit’ for £1,995. Alternatively, for something a little more mainstream, how about a ‘Vauxhall Corsa D to VXR body kit’ for £550?
We’re not entirely sure what these replicas are trying to achieve. Those that don’t know, probably don’t care, while those that do know will probably mutter some obscenities under their breath.
On the one hand, this is better than slapping a few Ferrari badges on a Toyota MR2, as at least the base car rolled out of a factory in Stuttgart. But we’d rather rustle up a further £10,000 and drive home in a brand new Porsche 718 Cayman.
As for a brand new 911 GT3 RS: the Porsche website is listing the car at a recommended retail price of £131,296, but the ‘limited availability’ tag tells you all you need to know about your chances of finding one. Best get on the blower to AK Prestige Cars of Sheffield.