At the launch of the new Porsche Cayman GT4 at Philip Island yesterday, Porsche Australia’s director of public relations and motorsport, Paul Ellis, confirmed that no more orders were being taken for the GT3 RS as global and local demand for the track-focused 911 has been well above initial expectations.
“We are going to struggle to meet or provide a car for every order we currently have and the people towards the end of that list understand that, there’s a risk they may not get their car. But with Aussie optimism, we are going in there and asking for more production.”
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS, which retails for $387,300, is powered by a 4.0-litre six-cylinder engine with 368kW of power and 460Nm of torque. It can do 0-100km/h in just 3.3 seconds and 0-200km/h in 10.9 seconds. It’s available with Porsche’s dual-clutch PDK transmission only.
When the new GT3 RS was first announced, some claimed Porsche had gone soft offering the car without a manual transmission, however the sales numbers suggest it’s well received amongst Porsche loyalists, which are the car’s primary target.
“[The GT3 RS is bought by] very traditional loyal Porsche customers. Once they’ve been bitten by the RS once, they want to come back for a second dose of venom. People are realising that you actually gain by not having to change gears yourself instead of lose.”
Those seeking a new GT3 RS now will likely have to wait for the next-generation or look for a model second-hand – which is unlikely to have lost any of its value, if not gained some – as Porsche’s motorsport division, which is entrusted with building the GT cars, is struggling to meet demand.
“The GT3 RS has exceeded expectations globally, we look at the traditional GT3 RS sales numbers in AUS and we have blown that out of the water by a factor of three, four, five.”
If the answer seems like it may be the Cayman GT4, it’s also facing similar supply issues as well.