The Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7, a pivotal mannequin within the model’s historical past, is celebrating its fiftieth birthday this yr. It is already gotten a Puma shoe collab that offered out in 24 hours and an look package deal homage for the present the 911 GT3 RS. Now there is a wristwatch tribute as nicely, launched on the identical day 5 many years after the automobile, courtesy of long-time Porsche accomplice TAG Heuer.
Launched in October 1972, the 911 Carrera RS 2.7 was a automobile of many firsts. It was the primary 911 to bear the Carrera title, which means “race” in Spanish and named after the Carrera Panamericana. It was the primary 911 to function a spoiler, a modest upturn on the engine cowl that got here to be often known as the ducktail. It was the primary Porsche to come back with staggered wheels, with rear Fuchs measuring one inch wider than the fronts and forcing the bodywork to flare out on the again as nicely. Upon introduction it was Germany’s quickest manufacturing automobile on the time and have become the primary automobile to speed up from 0-100 kph (0-62 mph) in beneath six seconds in line with Auto, Motor und Sport journal.
The TAG Heuer Carrera X Porsche RS 2.7 is available in two restricted version flavors. A white and blue model replicates the enduring Grand Prix White and blue stripes of the highway automobile. It options a stainless-steel case matched with a NATO strap that options the signature Carrera script which adorned the perimeters of the automobile.
The rarer white and pink variant makes use of an 18K 5N rose gold case mated to a pink alligator leather-based strap. Each function the Carrera script on the 9 o’clock fringe of the case, in addition to Carrera branding on the watch face.
The Carrera RS 2.7 was the results of a homologation program to qualify the 911 for FIA Group 4 racing. Porsche’s aimed to create a race automobile civilized sufficient to be a day by day driver, bettering aerodynamics, lowering weight and boring out the flat-six to 2.7 liters for 207-horsepower. They initially created 500 models, however the method proved so profitable that they constructed an extra 1,080 together with 200 ultra-light weight variants.
Just like the automobiles, the timepieces are of restricted manufacturing as nicely. The blue one is restricted to 500 models and retails for $7,750. The pink one will see simply 250 models and prices $23,550. Talking from the point of view of automobile lovers relatively than a watch collectors, we expect the white and blue with chrome steel case captures the spirit of the unique automobile higher, and the truth that one should purchase a reasonably respectable used automobile with the practically 16 grand saved is only a bonus. These costs could seem steep, however with costs of precise Carrera RS 2.7s hovering round $600,000 for a Touring spec and $1 million for a Light-weight, the watches do not appear that unhealthy.