The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS has broken ground. As if the 991 generation 911 GT3 wasn’t outrageous enough, the RS takes it that one step further.
Under the rear of its skin is an explosion of power. The 4.0 litre flat six engine delivers 368kW (500 hp) of power and 460Nm of torque, it’ll fly from 0 – 100 in just 3.3 seconds at a top speed of 310 km/h. Particularly lightweight titanium connecting rods facilitate the engine’s impressive speed development. With the new RS, its power to weight ratio is as low as 3.86 kg/kW (2.84 kg/hp).
The body of the new 911 GT3 RS has been fleshed out. By comparison with the predecessor model, it is around 30 mm broader at the rear and even 80 mm broader at the front. With its wider track, a 100 mm longer wheelbase and with rear-axle steering fitted as standard, the new 911 GT3 RS represents a new dimension in driving and roll stability and promises even better agility and driving performance.
This performance capability is underpinned by wider wheels and tyres as well as by the enlarged wheel diameter of 21 inches on the rear axle. Despite the extra girth, the 911 GT3 RS is strict on weight. To increase its chances of victory and further reduce fuel consumption, many of its components are made from carbon and light alloys, such as magnesium or aluminium.
Aerodynamically, there are front wheel arch air outlets with lightweight carbon wings. With 12 slats, they provide an efficient exit for the air drawn into the front wheel arches. This reduces the overpressure created by the turning wheels and thereby counters lift. It’s an aerodynamic detail with road approval, otherwise found only on racing cars like the RS Spyder.
Inside, you’ll find a pair of carbon fibre bucket seats with six-point harnesses, half a roll cage, and an actual speed limiter. This is the most hardcore 911 Porsche currently has to offer, and it’ll lap Nurburgring in just 7 minutes and 20 seconds!
The 991 generation 911 GT3 RS will start arriving on Australian shores in the third quarter of 2015, it’ll set you back just over $387,000.