This Porsche 911 is a 2.7 RS in disguise
With only 433 units of this car ever made, it is actually one of the rarest 911s ever.
This may look like just an ordinary Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 Targa. But it's not. This car has something very special and it is hidden under its back lid. The Carrera 2.7 came with the same engine as the iconic 911 2.7 RS from 1973. Have we found the perfect wolf in sheep's clothing?
Just check out how discrete, elegant and innocent it looks like. If you know, you know. The body may be slightly larger but apart from that, it looks like any G-Series Porsche 911 Targa from the 1970's. The car's exterior paint is truly unique. It is called Braun-Kupferdiamant Metallic. Yes, it is literally impossible to pronounce, but it looks awesome. I really like how the Carrera stripes on the side skirts are painted in yellow. It makes the car look a bit like a chocolate-banana cake. Also, the car comes with the mythic Fuchs wheels and amazingly enough, this car has no spoiler. Indeed, back then you could order your 911 with either a ducktail, like the 2.7 RS, a whaletail like the Turbo, or no tail, like this one. It could have been fun to see this car with a ducktail as it is arguably one of the coolest wings ever.
This car has become a kind of celebrity in Belgium when, back in 1976, the local police acquired 20 of them in Targa form. These were the fastest police cars in the world. Today, the figures are not that impressive. As mentioned above, the engine is identical to the RS's and it, therefore generates 210 PS. But as the car only weighs 1'075 KG, it manages to reach a top speed of over 150 mph.
The exact name of the car is 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI (mechanical fuel injection) Targa. With the 2.7 RS being so successful, Porsche wanted to reiterate achievement with the G-Modell. The new car was more luxurious, had a stronger chassis and larger bumpers for US regulations. On the road, the car was better than ever. Easier to drive, less hardcore, but still amazingly fast. On today's roads, the car feels light, nimble and it is a pure joy to drive. The small 2.7-litres engine keeps on asking to be revved and the sound is 911 in all its glory. And it is even better when you take the roof off. We have driven the 2.7 RS as well, and even though the Targa feels more mannered, the gearbox of the RS is more direct and precise. The interior of the 2.7 Carrera is quite Spartan. There is your steering wheel, temperature gauges and settings and a radio. The aftermarket stereo is not to my liking but I guess you can't have it all. The cork perforated leather seats are in beautiful condition and I am great fan of that patina.
Sone call this car the "poor man's RS". Yes, it is cheaper than the iconic 2.7 RS. Roughly 2-3 times less. Yet, it doesn't mean it's Black Friday cheap. Expect to pay around £150K for a mildly restored car like this one. After all, it's an extremely rare car and it is equipped with a unique engine. It is sad to say that the 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI has been overshadowed by the car it is based on. However the newer car is an ultimate sleeper that actually happens to be more usable, refined, cheaper (If I may) and convertible. Porsche never made a 2.7 RS cabriolet, so this car is your best chance to ever experience it. People who know cars, true enthusiasts, will know what this 2.7 Carrera is all about. And what can be better than true recognition from real car fans?
Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI Targa
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