August 20, 2009
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Porsche 911 GT3 RS: The Most Sporting
Porsche 911 GT3
Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart,
is sending the new 911 GT3 RS to the starting line: Delivering
even more engine power, offering lower weight, and featuring
shorter transmission ratios as well as body and suspension
elements upgraded to an even higher standard, the new 911 GT3 RS
sets the foundation for homologating the racing version of the
911 GT3 and therefore offers everything it takes for ongoing
success on the race track, continuing the series of absolutely
uncompromising, sporting 911s homologated for the road.
The heart of the new 911 GT3 RS, the
power unit, is based on the engine already featured in the 911
GT3. Like the latter, the RS power unit now displaces 3.8
instead of 3.6 litres, delivering even more power and revving up
even faster and more dynamically. The engine featured in the new
911 GT3 RS delivers 15 bhp more than its counterpart in the 911
GT3, that is maximum output of 450 horsepower from the
fast-revving naturally-aspirated power unit.
This means specific output of more
than 118 bhp per litre from the six-cylinder, an extremely high figure
for natural-aspiration technology even in the strictest worldwide
comparison. And unlike many other high-performance engines, the power
unit in the new 911 GT3 RS remains fully suitable for everyday use.
The new 911 GT3 RS comes
exclusively with a six-speed manual gearbox optimised for short
gearshift travel, low weight and high efficiency. To enhance the level
of performance throughout the entire range of engine and road speed, the
gears come with a shorter transmission ratio than on the 911 GT3,
deliberately making concessions in terms of even higher top speed.
To further improve its sporting
behaviour, the new 911 GT3 RS comes for the first time with a
purpose-built and specially set up PASM suspension, with wider track not
only at the rear, but also on the front axle. Accordingly, the body of
the new 911 GT3 RS is wider not only at the rear, but also at the front
through the use of additional wheel arch covers.
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.
The dynamic engine mounts featured as standard
also serve to improve the car’s driving dynamics to an even higher
level. Depending on driving conditions, the mounts change in their
stiffness and damping effect, improving the connection between the
engine and the body when driving under very dynamic conditions.
As yet a further point the car’s aerodynamics
develop even more downforce than on the GT3, again benefiting the
qualities of the car on the race track. Racing qualities are also why
Porsche is introducing another new option in 2010, a lithium-ion battery
delivered with the car and, replacing the conventional lead battery,
reducing weight by more than 10 kg or 22 lb.
The new 911 GT3 RS shows its close connection
to motorsport also through the dynamic looks of the car borne out in
particular by its low ride height, the new, extra-large carbon-fibre
rear wing with its specifically designed wing supports made of aluminium,
the characteristic dual tailpipes on the extra-light titanium sports
exhaust, as well as special front and rear parts exclusive to this
Sales of the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS are
starting in Germany in January 2010. The Euro base-price is Euro
122,400.- without value-added tax and national specifications.
(August 11, 09)