Porsche is celebrating its 50th anniversary 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 certify the latest racing Porsche 911, it featured an air-cooled six-cylinder that was opened up from 2.4 liters to 2.7 liters and equipped with mechanical fuel injection, which gave 207 hp. (201 hp).
This gave the 2.7 a comfortable 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 the smaller 911s produced for the 1973 model year, including widened rear arches, but what it is best known for is the focus of the Porsche show, and that is the ducktail rear spoiler.
Porsche claims the RS was the first production car to feature front and rear spoilers, but that doesn’t even include small-production models like the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona and the 1971 Aussie. Ford Falcon GTHO Phase IIIwe suspect that anyone who has bought a 1970-72 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, a 1971-72 Camaro Z/28, and perhaps one of a few other cars might disagree.
But the 911’s rear wing is certainly one of the most famous and recognizable on any car (and potentially the most essential), and Porsche still periodically revisits the design of 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, 911s look bare without them.
The museum uses films, posters, brochures, advertisements and photographs from the time to tell the story of the RS and its even wilder (and wider) racing sibling the RSR, although the stars of the show are obviously the cars themselves. They include yellow RS 2.7 in Touring spec and a low-seen metallic green prototype, plus you’ve got all the other amazing cars in the museum. It’s an incredible place and definitely worth a visit if you’re anywhere near Porsche’s German headquarters.