The Porsche 911 GT3 RS, based on the fifth generation variant, is an amalgamation of a worthy road car and track-ready speedster, thanks to a fusion of motorsports elements, extensive modifications and the emotional appeal of the street-legal 911 GT3. Having said that, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS broke the lap record on the Nurburgring Nordschleife not too long ago with a 7:20 lap time and superseded the previous record at the North Loop set by the Carrera GT.
In looks, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS is rather similar to the street-legal GT3, however it incorporates a complete drive system modification, more competent aerodynamics and lightweight elements all around. Specifically, the Super Sports has a magnesium roof and carbon fiber elements for the engine, boot lids and wings. Other than the front spoiler lip, the most obvious difference between the GT3 and GT3 RS is the large GT rear wing. In all, the GT3 RS weighs 10 kgs lesser than the GT3. The body of the GT3 RS is derived from 911 Turbo, and it signifies its status as nearly a race car driving machine with its RS-specific aerodynamic add-on parts. And thanks to wider front and rear track widths, the GT3 RS gives much improved roll stability, which in part attributed to its 20-inch, 265/35 ZR 20 fronts and 21-inch, 325/30 ZR 21 rears (Michelin); the widest tyres ever for the 911 variant.
Apparent motorsport elements are also evident on the inside of the 911 GT3 RS. The interior design of the 911 GT3 RS with Alcantara elements is based on the GT3. One key new feature is the full bucket seats, which are based on the carbon bucket seats of the 918 Spyder. Other standard features are the Club Sport Package with a bolted-on roll cage behind the front seats, preparation for a battery master switch, and separately provided six-point safety harness for the driver and fire extinguisher with mounting bracket. The optional Sport Chrono Package, which features, in addition to its integrated timers, the Porsche Track Precision app for smartphones.
Cooking up 500 hp (368 kW) and a torque of 460 Nm, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS is powered by a 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine, paired to a specially developed PDK transmission. The engine, which has the largest displacement and most power of any naturally aspirated engine with direct fuel injection in the 911 family, accelerates the high-performance sports car from 0 – 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds.
The 911 GT3 RS is the first in its variants to take up the PDK dual clutch transmission, which was originally developed for car racing. Optimized for very high shifting performance, it improves driving dynamics by its very short reaction and shift times as well as lightning quick gear changes. The gear ratios were taken from the 911 GT3, but they were modified to compensate for the larger 21-inch rear wheels. In addition, functions such as declutching by “paddle neutral”, comparable to a conventional manual gearbox, and speed limiting by the Pit Speed button have been customized for track use. For fuel consumption, the 911 GT3 RS has a combined NEDC of 12.7 l/100 km.
With its massive power output, the 911 GT3 RS offers much improved driving dynamics thanks to the Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus with an electronically controlled, fully-variable rear differential lock. Standard brakes for the 911 GT3 RS, adopted from the GT3, features aluminium monobloc fixed callipers, with six pistons in front and four pistons on the rear axle. The system utilizes composite brake discs, 380 mm in diameter, whose brake chambers are made of aluminium. As an option, the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) system is valid for the 911 GT3 RS to ensure an even more effective stopping power.
The limited Porsche 911 GT3 RS has a base starting price of RM 1,750,000 with 4-year warranty, minus insurance and additional charges.