Porsche's most sporting road-going 911 of all
The new 911 GT3 RS will arrive locally in April 2010.
28th August, 2009
Porscheís 911 race car for the road Ė the 911 GT3 RS Ė is
making its way to the start line and, additionally, to Australian showrooms.
The most sporting road-going 911 of them all will bring increased engine power, reduced weight, slicker
gearbox ratios and upgraded body and suspension changes when it goes on sale in Australia in the second
quarter of 2010.
As the showcase of Porscheís road-and-race know-how, the GT3 RS provides the basis for homologation of
the 911 GT3 race cars for Porsche Supercup and Carrera Cup championships throughout the world.
The uncompromising 911 GT3 RS uses the new 3.8-litre naturally-aspirated engine of its 'junior' brother,
the GT3. However, in the RS version, the power is greater and revs and acceleration are even faster.
The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS produces 331 kW of power Ė 11 kW more than the standard GT3 and 26 kW more
than the previous generation GT3 RS.
The new Porsche 911 GT3 RSís specific output of 87 kW per litre (118 hp) from the boxer six cylinder
engine makes it unique in the world of naturally aspirated engines. And unlike many other high-performance
engines, the engine in the new GT3 RS remains fully suitable for everyday use.
The new 911 GT3 RS comes exclusively with a short-shifting, six-speed manual gearbox optimised on this
occasion with shorter gear ratios than on the regular GT3 for even more rapid acceleration.
A specially developed Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system is also fitted to the GT3 RS.
PASM, together with wider front and rear tracks, allows for even greater cornering grip.
The front axle comes with nine-inch-wide wheels running on 245/35 ZR 19 sports tyres, the rear axle
features twelve-inch-wide wheels incorporating 325/30 ZR 19 sports tyres. These wheels are housed in wider
wheel arch covers.
New dynamic engine mounts are standard and improve the carís already superior driving prowess by altering
the stiffness and damping between engine and body when the RS is driven hard on the road or race track.
The RSís aerodynamics are also taken to next level with even more downforce than on the standard GT3. The
built-for-racing philosophy is further underlined with the option of a lithium-ion battery, reducing weight
by more than 10 kg over a conventional lead battery.
The new 911 GT3 RS shows its close connection to motor sport through its body design and stance. It rides
lower and is easily identified by its extra-large carbon-fibre rear wing with specifically designed aluminium
wing supports. Dual tailpipes for the extra-light titanium sports exhaust as well as special front and rear
styling touches are also exclusive to this model.
Local pricing for the new 911 GT3 RS will be announced closer to the carís on-sale date in April next
Porsche Cars Australia is again predicting this limited-edition RS will sell out either in advance or soon
upon local sales commencing.
The previous generation 911 GT3 RS sold out well before the first cars landed, and Porsche Cars Australia
is apparently holding 20 orders for the new car already.