Synonymous with intense – the new GT3 RS.

4 years after the current Porsche 911 (model series 992) was presented, the time has now come. The Zuffenhausen-based company presents the new GT3 RS. Dramatic as never before.

The GT3 RS has always been uncompromising. For the latest RS from Zuffenhausen, however, you would have to come up with a new superlative. Because never before has a road car from Porsche been so close to a racing car and to illegality as with the 992 GT3 RS.

The 992 GT3 RS consistently uses technologies and principles from motorsport. In addition to the typical high-revving naturally aspirated engine and intelligent lightweight construction, it is above all the cooling and aerodynamic concept that proves the kinship with its big brother, the 911 GT3 R.

The basis for the performance increase is the centre radiator concept, which was first used in the Le Mans class winner 911 RSR and subsequently in the 911 GT3 R as well. Instead of the previous layout with three radiators, the new 911 GT3 RS relies on a large, diagonally arranged centre radiator in the front of the car. This is positioned where the boot is located in other 911 models. Some would complain about this, but this is exactly what you expect from a GT3 RS. Uncompromisingly so.

Downforce: Yes!

Infinitely adjustable wing elements at the front as well as at the two-part rear wing, in combination with a multitude of other aerodynamic measures, provide 409 kilograms of total downforce at 200 km/h. This means that the new 911 GT3 RS generates twice as much downforce as its predecessor (Type 991 II) and three times as much as a current 911 GT3. At 285 km/h, total downforce is 860 kilograms.

For the first time, the Zuffenhausen company has installed a Drag Reduction System (DRS). For the benefit of low drag and higher speed on straight stretches, the DRS allows the wings to be flattened within a defined working range at the push of a button. In the event of emergency braking from high speeds, the airbrake function is activated.

The aerodynamic elements characterise the body design of the new 911 GT3 RS. The most prominent feature of the GT sports car is the rear wing with gooseneck suspension, which has grown significantly in all dimensions. In the rear-view mirror, it quickly becomes clear what it is, because there you can already see the wing sticking out above the roof line.

“Our hardest challenge: Making it street legal.”

That’s what an advertisement says – and it should be clear what they mean by that.

Hurray for the high-revving-engine concept.

The four-litre high-revving naturally aspirated engine has been further optimised compared to the 911 GT3. The power increase to 386 kW (525 hp) is primarily achieved via new camshafts with modified cam profiles. The single-throttle intake system and the rigid valve train are derived from motorsport. The Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) with seven gears has a shortened overall transmission ratio compared to the 911 GT3. Air intakes on the underbody ensure that the transmission holds up even during frequent use on the racetrack. The 911 GT3 RS accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 296 km/h in seventh gear. 

Intelligent lightweight construction has been a basic principle of all RS models at least since the presentation of the legendary 911 Carrera RS 2.7. Thanks to several lightweight construction measures such as the extensive use of CfK, the 911 GT3 RS weighs only 1,450 kilograms despite many larger components. The doors, the front wings, the roof and the front lid are made of CfK. The material is also used in the interior, for example in the full-shell seats.

For an additional charge, the lack of compromise goes even further. Keyword: Weissach package. The front lid, roof, parts of the rear wing and the upper shell of the exterior mirrors are finished in visible carbon with the package. The front and rear stabilisers, the rear coupling rods and the thrust field on the rear axle are made of CfK. The roll bar, made of CfK for the first time, saves around six kilograms in weight compared to the steel version.

In the interior, the Weissach package offers new PDK gearshift paddles with magnet technology from motorsport. This makes gearshifts even sportier with a special pressure point and a clack. Optionally available with the Weissach package are magnesium forged wheels, which provide a weight saving of eight kilograms.

So far, there is no official lap time on the Nordschleife, but you can be sure that it will leave us and the competition speechless.

The new 911 GT3 RS is available to order from 229,517 Euros. The first deliveries are expected before the end of the year.

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