Porsche’s brand new track weapon, the 911 GT3 RS is here and boy is it a machine. Naturally-aspirated, lighter and harder, the new RS is certain to keep tongues wagging for years to come. And after the GT3 and GT2 RS, it’s the third hardcore “road-approved” 911 in less than 12 months.
911 GT3 RS
Based, obviously, on the 911 GT3, this bad boy is, predictably, rather more than a stickers-and-shocks pack.
The 4.0-litre flat six smacks out 383kW (520PS) for a 0-100km/h time of 3.2 seconds before heading on to an aerodynamically assisted 312km/h. The aero kit is clearly based on the GT3 race car’s, with a big front splitter and whopping wing glued to the back.
The interior has been stripped out for that lightweight race car effect, with nets for your helmet and carbon fibre racing buckets. Famous for less-for-more when it comes to hard-edged interiors, there’s not much else in there.
If you fancy taking it racing, Porsche will fit a Clubsport package (as they will for the other GT cars). A no-cost option, you get a roll-cage, fire extinguisher, six point harnesses and battery cut-out switch. Want to go even harder? The Weissach package cuts weight further with magnesium alloys, more carbon fibre bits – you can pare the weight back to 1430kg if you’re in the mood and your wallet allows.
The RS rolls on 20-inch alloys hitched up to upgraded suspension. Conventional bearings are out the door, replaced by ball joints. The fronts are clothed in 265/35s while the rears are fattened up to 325/30s. For added stability and passenger-scaring ability, the rears also take on some of the steering duties.
The legendary flat-six has 15kW more than the RS and current GT3. Revving to a glorious and ever rarer 9000rpm redline, the power finds the road via Porsche’s PDK twin-clutch. This will no doubt upset a few people but things will happening so quickly in this car, it’s probably not going to be that much of an issue.
Peter Anderson is the Editor and founder of the theredline.com.au. He’s been writing about cars for years and finds it difficult to talk about anything else.