The Porsche 911 GT3 RS is finally here. The high-performance car will receive significant upgrades to its cooling and aerodynamics systems that will help improve the car’s capabilities.
A new central radiator replaces the three-radiator arrangement of previous cars, freeing up space for Porsche to install new active aerodynamic elements at the front. The car can produce 901 pounds (409 kilograms) of downforce at 124 miles per hour (200 kilometers per hour), twice as much as its 991.2 generation predecessor, and 1,895 pounds (860 kg) at 177 mph (285 kph) ). The car even features a drag reduction system, a first for a production Porsche.
The 911 GT3 RS is powered by the brand’s naturally aspirated 4.0-litre six-cylinder engine. It produces 518 horsepower (386 kilowatts) thanks to new camshafts with modified cam profiles, with a motorsport-derived single-throttle intake system. Porche directs the car’s power through its seven-speed PDK gearbox.
Porsche says the GT3 RS will reach 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and 100 km/h in 3.0 seconds. It can reach a top speed of 296 km/h. Braking power comes from the six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes, with the carmaker offering its larger Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake system as an option. Staggered 20- and 21-inch forged alloy wheels with central locking connect the car to the ground.
The 911 GT3 RS keeps its weight down thanks to the extensive use of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP). It helps the car weighs just 3,268 lbs. (1,482 kg), and Porsche uses it for the doors, front wings, bucket seats and more.
Porsche will allow buyers to upgrade to the Clubsport package at no additional cost, but it will not be available in the US. This adds a steel roll bar, a six-point seat belt and a hand fire extinguisher. The car will also be available with the Weissach package, but it will cost extra as it adds a lot of goodies. It includes a carbon weave finish on several exterior components and more CFRP parts such as the front and rear anti-roll bars, rear axle clear panel and interior roll bar. Those who get the Weissach package can also upgrade to the optional magnesium forged wheels to save even more weight
The new 911 GT3 RS has a wider track than the GT3 – 1.14 inches (29 millimeters). The extra width translates to the car’s suspension, which could not escape aerodynamic research. Porsche designed the car’s double wishbone front axle with teardrop profiles that increase downforce by 88 lbs. (40 kg) at top speed.
There are three driving modes: Normal, Sport and Track. Track mode allows the driver to adjust basic vehicle settings such as front and rear axle damping, rear differential and more. The steering wheel is equipped with four rotary knobs for individual settings and a dedicated DRS button.
Porsche expects the 2023 911 GT3 RS to arrive at US dealers next spring. It will sell for $223,800, not including the $1,450 destination fee.