Porsche 911 GT3 RS (Type 991.2)

Jonathan Hernandez
February 22, 2018

A new generation of the Porsche 911 is just around the corner, but the current 991 generation still has life left in it. What gets him going on the new RS is the suspension.

Porsche gave the 2019 911 GT3 RS a more aggressive front fascia with a larger spoiler lip to increase downforce.

The first allows you to save 13 lbs, while the latter shave 25 lbs of unsprung weight, so you might want to consider these rolling goodies, even though they're not present on the auto seen here. Ball joints with solid mountings replace traditional units with rubber bushings, just like on the GT2 RS too. Porsche has also added a new set of helper springs on the front axle to go along with the ones which are already present.

The new GT3 RS does not have a manual transmission option.

"The first-generation [991 GT3 RS] is really a masterpiece of precision, but this is better still", Preuninger tells me. This high-performance sports vehicle is based on the 911 GT3, which was launched in India in October past year, has been further refined to combine the performance-orientated engine with a running-gear setup featuring re-calibrated rear-axle steering which basically translates into "absolute fun" for the race track.

All of these chassis changes work in concert with a bespoke version of Michelin's Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

Porsche says combined cycle fuel consumption is rated at 12.8L/100km - 0.1 litres thirstier than the previous GT3 RS, but you don't care do you? Preuninger says that it's usable on the street, but only in dry, warm conditions. "The precision and feedback of this vehicle is on the next level". They include new LED indicator lamps set within a re-profiled front bumper featuring new vertical air flow guides within the outer air ducts to more efficiently channel air to the front mounted radiators and brakes. That allows the Porsche team to create a smoother underbody, which channels air to a new diffuser.

Inside, the GT3 RS comes with bucket seats with optional racing-style six-point seatbelts and carbon fibre highlights along the centre console. It produces twice as much downforce as the "regular" GT3. However, the auto hits its top speed at 193 miles per hour (312 km/h). Weight-saving measures include thinner window glass, the removal of some sound deadening, as well as the provision of door storage nets in place of bins.

2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
New Porsche 911 GT3 RS coming

Speaking of options, the Weissach package makes a return and features additional weight savings thanks to the use carbon fiber components such as the sway bars and roof. Those that want to save maximum weight can choose the optional $13,000 magnesium wheels that eliminate 25 pounds. Brakes are cast iron, but track enthusiasts can opt for carbon-ceramic discs.

And while the engine isn't the big story here, it's still worth talking about.

The current GT3 RS is out in the open and immediately we have a problem.

Torque is higher than the 488 GTB, with 568Ib ft at 3,000rpm. Top speed is also increased, with the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic now capable of pushing the vehicle to 312km/h, up 2km/h.

Of course, you'll pay for all this.

And if you're looking to adorn your driveway or garage with such a slab of Germany, you should know that the starting price of the thing sits at $187,500, plus a $1,050 delivery tax.

There's a Weissach package on offer for "particularly ambitious drivers".

A year has since passed and now, Porsche has officially introduced the updated 911 GT3 RS.

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