Back when /DRIVE was making videos regularly, Joe Rogan’s Sharkwerks-tuned 997 RS made a special appearance. Throw it back nine years, and its slightly bigger brother has found its way into the hands of Matt Farah, whose enthusiasm for these hot-rodded GT3 RSs flows out of him by the bucketful.
2007 997.1 GT3 RS 3.9
Rogan didn’t spend any time fooling around with his GT3. After picking up the car, he sent the machine straight to Sharkwerks for a 3.9-liter conversion. With 85 horsepower over stock, a broader powerband, an 8,800-rpm redline, and a soundtrack to die for, it’s easy to see how people can justify the price tag. Clearly, it inspires people to make some pretty silly noises (4:30). That’s sheer enthusiasm.
2011 997.2 GT3 RS 4.1
With an additional 100 lb-ft of torque over the white car, this car pulls “like a GT2” from the bottom end, but without losing that incredible top-end bellow. With an exhaust note that sounds like Armageddon, an $8,000 billet crank, more wing and canards to complement the bump in power, the 4.1-liter stroker kit is something extraordinary, and worth the $60,000. Actually, going by the near-tearful state that Farah is in after a romp in these two screaming demons, it’s definitely worth it.
Time to start going through the couch for any lost change.