If this is the last naturally aspirated GT3 RS, it's one hell of a swan song.
[UPDATE, March 6] Live images from the Geneva Motor Show have been added at the beginning of the gallery, below.
It’s finally here. After weeks of spy photos – most of which were thinly clad at best – and a very notable photo leak that we can now confirm was dead-on accurate, we have the new 911 GT3 RS in its natural, high-resolution state. The car will make its first public appearance in a few weeks at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, but its world debut is here and now, and it is glorious.
In addition to the photos, previous reports of the 911’s naturally aspirated engine have also proven accurate, at least when it comes to power. The amazing flat-six makes 520 horsepower (383 kilowatts) and can rev itself into the stratosphere, which in this case still means 9,000 rpm. It was thought that Porsche might increase engine displacement for the GT3 RS, but the mill soldiers on as a 4.0-liter thoroughbred. That’s just fine, because Porsche says it will hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.2 seconds en route to a 312 km/h (194 mph) top speed.
Managing the power is a seven-speed PDK gearbox that’s specially calibrated for the GT3 RS. Other updates include recalibrated rear-axle steering with 21-inch lightweight wheels wearing massive 325/30-series rubber at the back. Up front, the GT3 RS gets 20-inch wheels with 265/35-series tires. We have no idea what elastokinematic bearings are, but Porsche engineers nixed them on all suspension arms and instead use ball joints. Aerodynamic tweaks include the massive rigid rear wing, and the RS benefits from all kinds of weight reduction. Porsche doesn’t tell us exactly how much lighter this iteration of the 911 is, but it gets carbon fiber seats with lightweight door panels and reduced sound absorption, not to mention a new rear lid that’s also lighter.
If that’s not enough, buyers can choose the optional Weissach package that swaps in various carbon components for the interior, exterior, and the chassis. It also adds magnesium wheels, and Porsche does tell us that, in this most lightened configuration, the new GT3 RS weighs just 3,152 pounds (1,430 kilograms). For those who want a track-ready GT3 RS, the Clubsport package is a no-cost option that adds a roll bar, fire extinguisher, the prep necessary to install a battery disconnect switch, and a six-point harness.
Porsche says the 911 GT3 RS is available to order right now, with a scheduled launch occurring this April in Germany. Prices start at €195,137 for buyers in Europe, with U.S. Porsche fans paying a base price of $188,550 including delivery. However, with rumors that this could be the last naturally aspirated 911 GT3 of all time, we wouldn’t be surprised if those numbers quickly increase as cars pass into private hands.
Gallery: Porsche 911 GT3 RS at the 2018 New York and Geneva shows
A clear focus on motorsport: the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS
Stuttgart. The Porsche motorsport department is presenting Weissach’s latest treat at the Geneva Motor Show: the 911 GT3 RS with motorsport chassis and 383-kW (520-hp), four-litre, high-speed naturally aspirated engine. The new high-performance sports car is based on the 911 GT3, which has been refined still further to combine the performance-enhanced engine with a running-gear setup that features re-calibrated rear axle steering designed for maximum dynamics and precision. The 911 GT3 RS accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, reaching a top speed of 312 km/h. Following the launch of the 911 GT3 and the 911 GT2 RS, this latest release will see Porsche present its third GT road-approved sports car within a year.
Aerodynamics and interior based on the race trim
Aerodynamics have determined the design of the wide, weight-optimised body with its classic rigid rear wing. The racing look continues into the interior with full bucket seats made of carbon to provide secure lateral support in response to high-level driving dynamics. Lightweight door panels with storage nets and opening loops, reduced sound absorption and the new lightweight rear lid further emphasise the consistency of the material choices.
The most powerful naturally aspirated engine at 520 hp
The four-litre, six-cylinder naturally aspirated engine from Porsche in the new 911 GT3 RS pushes the sports car to new limits: The flat engine delivers 15 kW (20 hp) more than the engine in the previous model and the 911 GT3. Together with a speed range reaching up to 9,000 rpm, it was the ideal choice as a thoroughbred sports engine. Combined with the specially calibrated seven-speed PDK, the high-performance engine guarantees an outstanding driving performance.
Motorsport-inspired chassis and Clubsport package
Technology straight from motorsport ensures that the chassis offers exceptional driving dynamics. Ball joints on all arms provide even greater precision than conventional elastokinematic bearings. 20-inch lightweight wheels with newly developed 265/35 sports tyres on the front axle enhance agility and steering behaviour, while 21 inch wheels with 325/30 tyres at the rear axle improve traction.
As with all current GT sports cars, the Clubsport package is also available for the 911 GT3 RS at no extra cost. The package includes a roll-over bar, a manual fire extinguisher, preparation for a battery disconnect switch and a six-point belt for a sporty driving experience.
Weissach package and magnesium wheels for additional weight savings
For particularly ambitious drivers, the Porsche motorsport department has created an optional Weissach package for a further weight reduction. The package features additional carbon components for the chassis, interior and exterior, as well as optional magnesium wheels. In its lightest configuration, this package reduces the weight of the 911 GT3 RS down to 1,430 kilogrammes.
Market launch and prices
The new 911 GT3 RS is available to order now. It will be launched in Germany from mid-April 2018. Prices for the new high-performance sports car start at 195,137 euro, including VAT and country-specific equipment.