Just what exactly makes the 911 Carrera RS 2.7 one of the all-time greats and the subject of countless adorations by motoring journalists? It can't be the looks alone - granted, the front spoiler, Carrera graphics on the sills painted to match the Fuchs rims and signature ducktail look great, but to the layman it's hard to tell one early 911 apart from another. It's certainly not about extra equipment either; true to the Porsche philosophy of less is more, the RS was a stripped out, lightweight homologation special that had no radio, sun visors or armrests. Even the internal door handles were ditched to save weight. In fact, reducing mass became something of an obsession with Zuffenhausens engineers, so the bonnet, roof and guards panels were also made of thinner gauge steel on the first 500 cars. Even the engine specifications don't sound all that spectacular, certainly not when compared to some of the wilder claims by the Italians; 210 bhp and 188 lbs/ft of torque hardly constituted the most powerful sports car on the road in 1973. What the Carrera RS 2.7 does do, and very well, is drive. Hard, well-balanced and fast. The air-cooled flat six revs all the way to a 7,300 rpm redlin
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