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Porsche’s track and road ready new 911 GT3 RS

Our Bureau | Updated on February 22, 2018 Published on February 22, 2018

Fast and furious indeed The 911 GT3 RS hits a top speed of 312 kmph

Porsche’s specially developed sportscars that roll out from its motorsport department can be a bit mad in their extreme focus on performance. In some of these models, airconditioning, for example, is an optional addition. And buyers in some cases have had to pay extra to get these features added to their model.

The German sportscar-maker’s motorsport department is now presenting the 911 GT3 RS a powerful sportscar with a motorsport chassis and delivering 520 hp from a four-litre, naturally-aspirated engine. The 911 GT3 RS will be showcased at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show. This high-performance sports car is based on the 911 GT3, further refined to combine the performance-oriented engine with a running-gear set-up featuring a re-calibrated rear-axle steering. The 911 GT3 RS accelerates from 0 to 100 kmph in 3.2 seconds, reaching a top speed of 312 kmph. This latest release will see Porsche present its third GT road-approved sports car within a year after the launch of the 911 GT3 and the 911 GT2 RS.

Race trim cabin

A Porsche release mentions that the aerodynamics have determined the design of the wide, weight-optimised body with its classic rigid rear-wing. The racing aesthetic continues in the interior with full carbon-fibre bucket seats providing secure lateral support in response to high-level driving dynamics. The 911 GT3 RS features the brand’s most powerful naturally-aspirated engine. The four-litre, six-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine from Porsche pushes the sports car to new limits. The flat-six engine delivers 20 hp (15 kW) more than its predecessor and the 911 GT3. Porsche claims that with a rev-range peaking at 9,000 rpm, it is the ideal choice as a thoroughbred sports engine, and is mated to a specially calibrated seven-speed PDK gearbox.

Motorsport-inspired chassis

The release also added that newly developed 20-inch lightweight rims and new 265/35 sports tyres on the front axle are said to enhance agility and steering behaviour, while the 21-inch wheels with 325/30 tyres at the rear axle are meant to improve traction.

As with all current GT sports cars, the Clubsport package is available for the 911 GT3 RS at no extra cost. The package includes a roll-over bar, manual fire extinguisher, preparation for a battery-disconnect switch and six-point safety-harness for a sporty driving experience. For enthusiastic drivers, Porsche offers an optional Weissach package for further weight reduction. The package features additional carbon-fibre 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 kg. The new 911 GT3 RS is now available to order in India, with a starting price of ₹2.75 crore.

Published on February 22, 2018
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