Yesterday, Porsche officially took the warps off their refreshed, 991.2 generation 911 GT3 RS – completing the Porsche GT car lineup.
Powering the GT3 RS is a 4.0L naturally aspirated flat-6 which produces 383kW of power and 470Nm of torque (15kW and 10Nm more than the old one). Those figures make it the most powerful naturally-aspirated Porsche of all time – however, the 911 Tubro and GT2 RS do produce more power overall). The GT3 RS redlines at 9000 RPM, enabling the car to reach 100km/h from a standstill in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 312km/h. Transmission wise, the only option is a 7-speed PDK automatic – the GT3 RS is designed for the track, and the PDK is faster than a manual, so it makes sense.
Other functional changes have been made too. The new GT3 RS uses rose jointed suspension for a more precise ride. Wheel wise – the fronts are 20-inch rims with 265/35 tires, while the rears are 21-inch rims with 325/30 tires.
From the exterior it looks like a GT3 RS should – with a monstrous rear spoiler, black fender vents, a rear diffuser and a front splitter. As opposed to the old car, there havs been some facelift-related changes madem including new lights and bumpers. Inside, there’s all the racy touches you’d expect – the RS features carbon fibre seats, lightweight interior door panels and less sound deadening material.
There are two main option packages for the new GT3 RS: the Weissach and Clubsport packages. The Weissach Package is designed to save weight – it includes a carbon fibre roof, mirrors, front ‘lid’ and rear wing, carbon fibre interior trim, custom Weissach-embroidered seats, carbon anti roll bars and magnesium wheels – these additions all save 17.6kg. On the other hand, there’s the Clubsport package – available as a no-cost option, it makes the car fully race-ready with a roll cage, fire extinguisher, 6-point harnesses and support for a battery-disconnect switch (used on race cars).
The 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS will land Down Under during Q4 2018, with a hefty $416,500 price tag (before on-road costs). If you want to configure your own, Porsche in the USA have already published a configurator – click here to give it a go. What do you think of the new GT3 RS? Let me know down below!