|The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS came to the fore at the Geneva Motor Show yesterday, showcasing the Stuttgart- based marque’s all round prowess in producing a track car that’s fit for use as a daily performance car.|
Harnessing lightweight design, the 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS takes on a roof panel, made of magnesium, a whole lot of carbon fiber on the engine and boot compartment lids, and plenty of relevant lightweight components. A lower roofline, front spoiler lip and RS-specific aerodynamic add-on components ensure that the 911 GT3 RS remains a visibly convincing track-oriented driving machine. The large rear wing finishes off the speedster’s dominant outlook. Another striking characteristic are the unique front wheel arch air vents that extend into the upper section of the wings.
Moving to the interior, the 911 GT3 RS receives plenty of Alcantara elements, and the carbon-fiber bucket seats, utilized in the 918 Spyder super sports. Other standard features are the Club Sport Package with a bolted-in roll cage behind the front seats, preparation for a battery master switch, and a separately provided six-point safety harness for the driver and fire extinguisher with mounting bracket. With Chrono Sport package, the 911 GT3 RS can be instilled the Porsche Track Precision app, in addition to integrated timers.
Porsche 911 GT3 RS harnesses full potential of the 4.0-liter powerplant
As befits the tradition at Porsche, motorsport expertise is the reason for this superior performance. The 911 GT3 RS is powered by a 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine with 500 hp (368 kW) of power and 460 Nm of torque, combined with a specially developed PDK transmission. The engine, which has the largest displacement and most power of any naturally-aspirated power unit with direct fuel injection in the 911 family, accelerates the high-performance sports car from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds and has a combined fuel consumption of 12.7l/100km (22.2 mpg). Interestingly, the RS has set a lap time around the Nürburgring Nordschleife of 7:20 secs; an achievement which also trumps the historic record value of the Carrera GT super sports car of just under 7:29.
The chassis of the 911 GT3 RS has been tuned for maximum driving dynamics and precision. Rear-axle steering and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus with fully variable rear LSD (limited slip differential) increase agility and dynamics, and the wider front and rear track widths enable even higher roll stability than in the 911 GT3. Additionally, the 911 GT3 RS features the widest tyres of any 911 as standard. The result: even more agile turn-in characteristics and even higher cornering speeds.
The new 911 GT3 RS is available for a price of 131,296 pounds in the U.K. For the Malaysian market, SDAP (Sime Darby Auto Performance) has revealed a fourth quarter preview of the 911 GT3 RS.