The 2003 Porsche 911 996 GT2 was a standout drivers’ car of the era, being nicknamed the widowmaker at the time due to its devilish nature. This was due to the high power output to rear wheels, motorsports derived chassis set up and removal of driver aids. Based off the 911 Turbo, it featured the 3.6L twin turbo flat six twin turbo Mezger engine tuned to produce 462Bhp and 457 Lb ft of torque. Capable of 0-60 in 4.1 seconds and onto a top speed of 196 mph. Many changes were made such as; weight reduction of 100kg, removal of all driver aids bar ABS, increased downforce through a raised rear wing and additional front bumper air ducting, improved handling through revised anti-roll bars and lowered race springs. It also was the first generation of 911 to receive carbon ceramic brakes as standard.
This 2 owner example is in great condition despite the mileage. It covered 65,000 miles within the first five years of its life which was believed to be mostly commuting. The current owner then purchased it in 2008 where they undertook a full body re-spray in the original Arctic silver metallic paint, excluding the roof, to bring it back to its former glory from many road miles that caused stone chips and paint defects. Since then it spent a large amount of time in storage, only being used a handful of times each year for special occasions, hence only covering 10,600 miles in 15 years. The condition of this GT2 has held up very well with only a couple of minor stone chips and scratches showing. The brake callipers have been re-sprayed in a similar colour to the factory speed yellow. It has good service history from Porsche main dealers and specialists dating back to 2004 and has no advisories on the MOT. It does have an aftermarket exhaust but the brand is unknown and would require a new set of tyres to be truly road ready.
The 996 GT2 is a raw driving experience. Requiring full attention from the driver to plan for the road ahead and set the balance of the car correctly as to utilise the rear drive and engine configuration, without having the back end swing out like a pendulum. The lack of assists only plays into this! However, fortune favours the brave by rewarding those who dare with the knowledge and experience of how to handle a true drivers car at the limit. Entering the alliance with the GT2 will keep you on your toes, but it will also make your crave driving like nothing else.