Porsche unleashes the new 911 GT3 RS

Ben Chia

Porsche has revealed its new track-focused 911 GT3 RS, which is available for order now and priced at S$974,888 without COE


Porsche has unveiled its all-new 911 GT3 RS, a track-focused machine which is essentially a road legal version of the company’s 911 GT3 R race car. The 911 GT3 RS is available for order now, and comes with a price tag of S$974,888 without COE.

Powering the 911 GT3 RS is a high-revving 4.0-litre naturally-aspirated flat-six engine taken from the 911 GT3, but given new camshafts with modified cam profiles. The result is a 15hp power bump, from 510hp to 525hp. The seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission also gets shorter gear ratios and extra cooling, and the result is a 0-100km/h sprint time of 3.2 seconds, and a top speed of 296km/h.

The 911 GT3 RS also gets some motorsport-derived aerodynamic enhancements, such as the central radiator that sits where the front luggage compartment would be on regular 911s. This was an idea first used on the Le Mans class-winning 911 RSR and subsequently in the 911 GT3 R, and works in conjunction with the active aero elements on the side fenders.

The most prominent element on the new 911 GT3 RS is the large two-part rear wing, with the upper hydraulically adjustable wing element being higher than the car’s roof. The front end consists of a front splitter that divides the air flowing over and underneath, while side blades direct air outwards, with louvred openings in the front and rear fenders providing added ventilation.

For the first time, the rear wing also features a Drag Reduction System (DRS). Similar to the one that is found in Formula One cars, the DRS allows the wings to be flattened out at the push of a button, within a specific operating range, to achieve low drag and higher speeds on straights. The airbrake function is activated during emergency braking at high speeds, with the wing elements at the front and rear set to maximum in such a situation, creating an aerodynamic deceleration effect that significantly supports the wheel brakes.

Porsche says that with all the aerodynamic elements combined, the 911 GT3 RS is able to produce up to 409kg of total downforce at 200 km/h, twice as much as the previous generation 911 GT3 RS. At 285km/h, the total downforce is rated at 860kg.

The 911 GT3 RS also features track-focused adjustable suspension, with three selectable driving modes: Normal, Sport and Track. In Track mode, the driver can adjust individual settings like the rebound and compression damping of the front and rear axles, as well as the rear differential, via the rotary controls on the steering wheel.

Porsche has also put the 911 GT3 RS on a diet, with the car weighing just 1,450kg. This is achieved via the extensive use of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) in areas such as the doors, front wings, roof and front lid, as well as in the interior, such as the bucket seats.

911 GT3 RS owners can also opt for two available packages, with the Clubsport package adding in a steel rollover bar, a hand-held fire extinguisher and six-point seat belts for the driver. The Clubsport package can be had for no additional cost.

The Weissach package meanwhile, which is a cost option, gets more extensive additions, such as a carbon weave finish on the front lid, roof, parts of the rear wing and the upper shell of the exterior mirrors. It also adds additional lightweight elements such as the CFRP front and rear anti-roll bars, rear coupling rods and shear panel on the rear axle. The paddles for the PDK gearbox will also be tuned to offer more precise shifts, while customers can also get lightweight magnesium forged wheels.


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Ben Chia

CarBuyer's print editor went out to explore the Great Big World, including a stint working in China (despite his limited Mandarin). Now he's back, ready to foist upon you his takes on everything good and wonderful about the automotive world. Follow Ben on Instagram @carbuyer.ben

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