Porsche’s 911 racecar for the road, the 911 GT3 RS, is making its way to the start line.
The most sporting road-going 911 of them all will bring increased engine power, reduced weight, slicker gearbox ratios and upgraded body and suspension changes when it goes on sale in Australia in the second quarter of 2010.
As the showcase of Porsche’s road-and-race know-how, the GT3 RS provides the basis for homologation of the 911 GT3 race cars for Porsche Supercup and Carrera Cup championships throughout the world.
The uncompromising GT3 RS uses the new 3.8-litre, naturally aspirated, engine of its junior brother, the GT3. However, in the RS version, the power is greater and revs and acceleration are even faster.
The new 911 GT3 RS produces 331 kW of power – 11 kW more than the standard GT3 and 26 kW more than the previous generation GT3 RS.
The new 911 GT3 RS’s specific output of 87 kW per litre (118 hp) from the boxer six-cylinder engine makes it unique in the world of naturally aspirated engines. And unlike many other high-performance engines, the engine in the new GT3 RS remains fully suitable for everyday use.
The new 911 GT3 RS comes exclusively with a short-shifting, six-speed manual gearbox optimised on this occasion with shorter gear ratios than on the regular GT3 for even more rapid acceleration.
A specially developed Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system is also fitted to the GT3 RS. PASM, together with wider front and rear tracks, allows for even greater cornering grip.
The front axle comes with nine-inch-wide wheels running on 245/35 ZR 19 sports tyres, the rear axle features twelve-inch-wide wheels incorporating 325/30 ZR 19 sports tyres. These wheels are housed in wider wheel arch covers.
New dynamic engine mounts are standard and improve the car’s already superior driving prowess by altering the stiffness and damping between engine and body when the RS is driven hard on the road or race track.
The RS’s aerodynamics is also taken to next level with even more downforce than on the standard GT3. The built-for-racing philosophy is further underlined with the option of a lithium-ion battery, reducing weight by more than 10 kg over a conventional lead battery.
The new 911 GT3 RS shows its close connection to motorsport through its body design and stance. It rides lower and is easily identified by its extra-large carbon-fibre rear wing with specifically designed aluminium wing supports. Dual tailpipes for the extra-light titanium sports exhaust as well as special front and rear styling touches are also exclusive to this model.
Local pricing for the new 911 GT3 RS will be announced closer to the car’s on-sale date in April next year.
Porsche Cars Australia is again predicting this limited edition RS will sell out either in advance or soon upon local sales commencing.
The previous generation 911 GT3 RS sold out well before the first cars landed, and PCA is already holding 20 orders for the new car.