Details of the latest version of what is probably one of the most hardcore, track-ready street cars are here, the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
With a public debut in a few weeks’ time at the Geneva Motor Show, the new GT3 RS promises to improve on what already seemed to be the ultimate track weapon. Starting with the engine, you get an extra 20hp over a standard 911 GT3 for a total of 520hp, pumped out from a 4.0-litre naturally-aspirated flat-six, with a redline of 9,000rpm.
Acceleration from 0-100km/h takes an impressive 3.2 seconds, while its top speed is 312km/h. Unlike the regular 911 GT3, there is no option of a manual transmission, only a seven-speed double-clutch PDK transmission. The claimed combined fuel consumption figure is 12.8l/100km, while CO2 output is a claimed 291g/km.
The rear axle steering system has been recalibrated for improved handling, while wheels wrapped around in newly-developed sports tyres – measuring 20 inches in front with 265/35 tyres, and 21 inches at the back with impressive 325/30 tyres – also help with traction and agility. A Clubsport package is also available (at no extra cost) and includes: a rollover bar, a manual fire extinguisher, a six-point belt setup for the seats, and preparation for a battery disconnect switch.
A Weissach package will also be available, and promises weight reduction and even further improved handling. With this package drivers will get more carbon components for the chassis, interior and exterior. They can also opt for lightweight magnesium wheels. Porsche says that in its lightest configuration, the new 911 GT3 RS can weigh as little as 1,430kg.
Porsche has already begun accepting orders, with market launch expected for mid-April of this year. In Germany, the GT3 RS has a starting price of 195,137 euros (VAT included).
Written by Alex Kisiri