Johannesburg. The Porsche motorsport department is presenting Weissach’s newest development at the Geneva Motor Show: the 911 GT3 RS with motorsport chassis and 520hp (383 kW) from a four-litre, naturally-aspirated engine. This high-performance sports car is based on the 911 GT3, further refined to combine the performance-orientated engine with a running-gear setup featuring re-calibrated rear-axle steering designed for maximum driving dynamics and precision. The 911 GT3 RS accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, reaching a top speed of 312 km/h. Following the launch of the 911 GT3 and the 911 GT2 RS, this latest release will see Porsche present its third GT road-approved sports car within a year.
Aerodynamics and interior based on the race trim
Aerodynamics have determined the design of the wide, weight-optimised body with its classic rigid rear-wing. The racing aesthetic continues in the interior with full carbon-fibre bucket seats providing secure lateral support in response to high-level driving dynamics. Lightweight door panels featuring storage nets and opening pull-loops, reduced sound absorption materials and a new lightweight rear lid further contribute to overall weight reduction.
The most powerful naturally-aspirated engine at 520 hp
The four-litre, six-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine from Porsche in the new 911 GT3 RS pushes the sports car to new limits: The flat-six engine delivers 20 hp (15 kW) more than its predecessor and the 911 GT3. With a rev-range peaking at 9,000 rpm, it is the ideal choice as a thoroughbred sports engine, mated to a specially calibrated seven-speed PDK gearbox the high-performance engine guarantees an outstanding driving performance.
Motorsport-inspired chassis and Clubsport package
Technology straight from motorsport ensures that the chassis offers exceptional driving dynamics, the ball joints on all control arms provide even greater driving dynamics than conventional elastokinematic bearings. Newly developed 20-inch lightweight rims and new 265/35 sports tyres on the front axle enhance agility and steering behaviour, while 21 inch wheels with 325/30 tyres at the rear axle improve traction. As with all current GT sports cars, the Clubsport package is available for the 911 GT3 RS at no extra cost. The package includes a roll-over bar, manual fire extinguisher, preparation for a battery-disconnect switch and six-point safety-harness for a sporty driving experience.
Weissach package and magnesium wheels for additional weight savings
For enthusiastic drivers, Porsche motorsport department has created an optional Weissach package for a further weight reduction. The package features additional carbon-fibre components for the chassis, interior and exterior, as well as optional magnesium wheels. In its lightest configuration, this package reduces the weight of the 911 GT3 RS down to 1,430 kilogrammes.
Market launch and price The new 911 GT3 RS is now available to order in South Africa, with a starting price of ZAR 3,220,000, including a 3-year/100 000km Drive Plan. Porsche Centres South Africa