The Porsche Museum celebrates 50 years with the original 911 Carrera RS 2.7

The Porsche Museum celebrates 50 years with the original 911 Carrera RS 2.7

Porsche is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the legendary 911 Carrera RS 2.7 with a special exhibition at the Stuttgart museum.

The car we know today as the ’73 RS was unveiled to the world at the Paris Motor Show on October 5, 1972. Built to homologate Porsche’s latest 911s, it featured an air-cooled flat-six that was tapped from 2.4 liters. to 2.7 liters and equipped with mechanical fuel injection which resulted in 207 hp (201 PS).

It gave the 2.7 20 hp (20 PS) more than the 2.4-liter S and took the first ever RS-badged 911 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.8 seconds and gave it a top speed of 152 mph (245 km/h). There were many other differences between the RS and smaller 911s built for the 1973 model year, including flared rear arches, but the one it’s best known for is the focus of Porsche’s display, and that’s the ducktail rear spoiler.

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Porsche claims the RS was the first production car equipped with front and rear spoilers, but even discounting low-volume specials like the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona and the 1971 Aussie Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III, we suspect anyone who bought a 1970-72 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am , a 1971-72 Camaro Z/28, and probably one of several other cars, might disagree.

But the rear wing of the 911 is certainly one of the most famous and recognizable fitted to any car (and potentially the most necessary), and Porsche still periodically revises the design on its new cars, such as the new 911 Sport Classic. It’s also regularly seen on updated 911s from the likes of Singer, because, well, a 911 looks naked without one.

The museum uses films, posters, brochures, period adverts and photographs to tell the story of the RS and its even wilder (and wider) RSR racing sibling, although the stars of the show are obviously the cars themselves. These include a yellow RS 2.7 in Touring spec and a little-seen metallic green prototype, plus you have all the wonderful other cars in the museum to enjoy. It’s an incredible place, and definitely worth a visit if you’re near Porsche’s German headquarters.

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