The new 911 GT3 RS breaks boundaries. A 4.0-liter flat-six engine delivers 500 hp and 338 lb-ft of torque. Red-line has been taken down to 8,800 rpm from the standard GT3 figure of 9,000. The reason for this? Porsche engineers have been tight lipped, but its only 200 revs shorter to red-line and quite frankly we are ok with it, being that we get a larger displacement engine.
The Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) gearbox is standard, which have some purists in a tizzy but the PDK configuration yields big dividends. The 0-60 mph mark after merely 3.3 seconds – that’s 0.7 seconds faster than its predecessor. Seventh gear is optimized for performance, and gear ratios are tuned for racetrack driving.
The chassis has been tuned with dynamic engine mounts and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) as standard equipment and is engineered for maximum performance.
The body of the new 911 GT3 RS is much wider, it’s 1 inch wider at the rear and even 3 inches broader at the front. Wider 21 inch wheels and tires are new on the rear axle. In fact, the rear tires are the same ones you will find on the Porsche 918 Spyder. A wider track, larger rear wheels and a longer wheelbase equipped with rear-axle steering, the new 911 GT3 RS represents a new dimension in driving and roll stability and promises even better agility and driving performance.
Motorsport technology in its purist form is epitomized by the front wheel arch air outlets of the lightweight carbon fenders. These provide an extra downforce, generated together with the aerodynamically styled front end and the 911 GT3 RS-specific front splitter.
Another unique characteristic of the new 911 GT3 RS is the use of lightweight materials such as its magnesium roof and carbon luggage compartment lid. Near the rear of the car you will notice two air intake openings for the engine from the turbo chassis, and a new carbon fiber wing giving the GT3 RS its muscular and track focused appearance.
Each aerodynamic measure works in harmony with the customary Porsche Motorsport design to form a functional unit: a high level of down force and a high degree of driving stability.
Base price is $176,895 including destination. There are some upgrades here and there but a lot of equipment is standard. For our car we would opt for the fixed carbon fiber seats taken directly from the Porsche 918 Spyder. Ceramic brakes are another option to consider but if you are into taking your GT3RS to the track (as you should), you may want to opt for the smaller steel rotors. Other than that you just need to pick a color. Standard exterior colors are white or gt silver metallic. although you can upgrade to special colors lava orange or ultraviolet for a little over $3,400.
The Porsche team at Weissach have definitely pushed the limits with this car. What a magnificent peice of engineering. Not only is this track focused GT3 RS meant to be driven hard, but having the ability to then drive it home from the track and be driven daily with today’s creature comforts puts it over the top. Simply put we can’t wait to have this one in our own garage.
Below you can watch the 991 GT3 RS in action. Enjoy!