The evolution of Porsche’s 911 continues with the debut of the 2016 Porsche 911 GT 3 RS at 2015 Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. This is by far the most powerful, naturally-aspirated model in the 911 range. The engine in the 911 GT3 RS is a 4.0 L flat-six engine packing 500 horsepower and 338 lb.ft. of torque. Porsche enthusiasts will quickly remember that these power output numbers are really close to that of the 2012 Porsche 911 GT 3 RS 4.0 and they are absolutely right. The only difference between these two engines is that the 2012 Porsche 911 GT 3 RS 4.0 generated 339 lb.ft. of torque instead of the 338 lb.ft. in the new Porsche 911 GT 3 RS. At launch, the Porsche 911 GT 3 RS will come standard with the phenomenally quick 7-speed PDK dual-clutch, automated manual transmission. However, there are rumors spreading around the internet stating that Porsche engineers are seriously considering offering a 7-speed manual in the 911 GT 3 RS in the future, so keep your fingers crossed three-pedal Porsche enthusiasts.
Since the Porsche 911 GT 3 RS is a road legal race car, the car features a paddle-neutral feature and a button for limiting the pit-lane speed as standard items. To further stress its racing pedigree, the 911 GT 3 RS also receives a shorter axle ratio when compared to the “standard” Porsche 911 GT 3.
With the upgraded engine, Porsche estimates that the new 911 GT 3 RS will hit 60 mph from 0 in 3.1 seconds. But, based on the results obtained by magazines like Motor Trend and Car and Driver, the standard 911 GT 3 was able to hit this mark in 3 seconds flat. With this as our evidence, I believe that the Porsche 911 GT 3 RS will be much faster than the factory estimates. However, when you mash the throttle all the way to the floor, the 911 GT 3 RS will hit its terminal velocity at an eye watering speed of 193 mph.
To keep the car planted to the road at these insane speeds, the Porsche 911 GT 3 RS will come standard with super sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, which are mounted on race car inspired, center-lock rims. At front, the tire width is at 255 mm, but the rear rubbers are 325 mm wide, which, by far, are the fattest set of rubber mounted on any Porsche 911 to date.
It is almost guaranteed that many Porsche 911 GT 3 RS owners will take their cars on to the race track, the car comes standard with fully adjustable suspension which allows the driver to tweak the car’s camber, caster and the anti-roll bar settings based on the track and its surface. The Porsche 911 GT 3 RS also features rear-wheel steering, infinitely variable locking limited-slip differential (now, that is a mouthful), or you can simply refer it to as PTV Plus and Porsche Active Suspension Management or PASM.
The body of the Porsche 911 GT 3 RS is shared with the 911 Turbo variant, which gives the 911 GT 3 RS a wider front and rear track when compared to the standard 911 GT 3. In the 911 GT 3 RS, carbon fiber is used to construct the engine cover and the frunk ( or the front mounted trunk that all 911s are know for) lid. The roof is constructed of magnesium and features the double-bubble design, which allow the occupants to sit comfortably inside the vehicle while wearing their helmets.
Since the Porsche 911 GT 3 RS is the most hard core, track oriented model in the 911 range, all unnecessary and heavy materials are stripped from the interior. Inside the car, the occupants are welcomed to lightweight sport seats and flat-bottom steering wheel with paddle shifters for the transmission, which are covered in faux-swede like material. To save as much weight as possible, Porsche engineers replace the traditional door handles with nylon door strips, talk about creature comforts, or the lack there of. Also, if you were wondering, rear seats are not available in the Porsche 911 GT 3 RS, heck, rear seats are not even offered in the standard 911 GT 3. Thanks to all of the content deletion in the Porsche 911 GT 3 RS, the car weighs 22 pounds lighter than the standard 911 GT 3, which may not sound like a lot, but trust me, every pound counts when you are tossing this car on the race track.
If you are interested in further modifying your new Porsche 911 GT 3 RS into a dedicated race race rather than a street legal race car, Porsche will offer you a lightweight lithium-ion battery, front-axle lift system, carbon-ceramic brakes and Sport Chrono Package as optional extras. When you tick the box for the Sport Chrono Package, you receive a center-mounted timer, an app which measures your on track performance via a GPS connected device, which you can later download to your laptop via an USB cable and share with your fellow Porsche enthusiasts. After a long day at the track, if you insist on having the comfort of the A/C and a radio while driving back home, Porsche will re-install these components into your car at no additional cost. On top of these options, Porsche also offers a Clubsport Package, which includes a roll cage, wiring for a kill switch, a interior mounted fire extinguisher and a six-point racing harness. If you are a Porsche 911 GT 3 RS customer in the U.S., these features will not be available for your car, but if you are a customer in Europe,these features are included in your 911 GT 3 RS from the factory at no additional cost.
And now, it is time to answer the biggest question of all, how much will it cost me to buy one? The starting price for the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS is $176,895, which includes the destination cost. But if you add in all of the optional extras, the price of the 911 GT3 RS can easily hit the $200,000 mark or more. As of this writing, your local Porsche dealers are taking orders for the vehicle and the deliveries of the vehicle will being in July.
Information sourced from Porsche USA. Images sourced from Porsche USA and CAR AND DRIVER.