Porsche GT3 RS blasts in from $416500

The 911 GT3 RS can "only" manage 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds and its top speed is a mere 193mph. With 513bhp on tap, it's 20bhp up on both the old 911 GT3 RS and the current generation of 911 GT3. The new 911 GT3 RS will land at dealerships this fall. The GT3 RS features new, lighter 20-inch wheels at the front and 21-inch wheels at the rear, with 325mm tyres on the back wheels. Although the internals of the engine remains the same, the power bump is a result of new intake and exhaust systems. The front wings and bonnet are in carbon, and the roof is made of magnesium. It uses a similar hood with NACA ducts guiding air to cool the brakes. Hence the Porsche 911 GT3 RS receives modified fascia at the front with a bigger spoiler. The racing aesthetic continues in the interior with full carbon-fibre bucket seats providing secure lateral support in response to high-level driving dynamics. To reduce its weight, Porsche's engineers have installed lightweight glass for the rear window and rear side windows, lightweight door panels, reduced sound insulation, and deleted the rear seats. The rear axle steering has been recalbrated.

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Porsche's mid-life refresh of the 911 range is complete with the release of the type 991.2 Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Building on the success of the 991.2 GT3 released previous year, but without the option of a manual gearbox, expect demand to be high for the latest performance Porsche! Plasma coated cylinder liners, a central oil supply through the crankshaft with larger bearing diameters, larger connecting rod bearings and the rigid valve train with shims to provide valve clearance compensation all carry over from the 2018 911 GT3. To make its premiere at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, the vehicle will be the third of the GT road-approved sports cars within a year, adds Porsche. Unlike the GT3, which is available with a manual transmission, the RS is only available with a with a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission. The conventional elastokinematic bearings are ditched for ball joints on all suspension arms for increased precision, says Porsche. This high-performance sports auto is based on the 911 GT3, which was launched in India in October previous year, has been further refined to combine the performance-orientated engine with a running-gear setup featuring re-calibrated rear-axle steering which basically translates into "absolute fun" for the race track.

  • Regina Holmes