We thought we’d nailed our bucket list after burning up Johannesburg’s Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in the new 911 Turbo S – but all that was blown out of the water after riding shotgun in the latest Porsche 911 GT3 RS with works driver Jorg Bergmeister.
Sure enough, if I’d thought the blindingly quick 911 Turbo S was as good as it could get, the GT3 RS soon proved to be another kind of weapon entirely – this is the 911 you buy when the already brilliant GT3 isn’t quite enough.
It’s a difficult car to describe, on the one hand it’s a streetcar for the racetrack, and on the other it’s a race car for the street. Either way, this is the 911 that all others are measured by. And for the first time, I get to drive it.
The GT3 RS borrows its wide body from the 911 Turbo to make room for the massive 325/30 ZR 21 Michelin Cup Sport 2 rear tyres – the widest fit ever on a Porsche 911
It’s as close to a full-blown racing car as is possible for a 911 road car to be, and yet, you still get a beautifully crafted cockpit made from the finest materials. Acres of alcantara, beautifully lacquered carbon fibre inlays, it’s a very special place to be.
It’s also a faultless instrument of power, precision and emotion. One that is totally, totally addictive. And that 4.0-litre flat-six lays claim to one of the best 911 engine notes you’re likely to hear this side of a factory Le Mans entry.