Porsche 911 GT3 RS, never has a production car been so close to a racing car

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The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS definitely raises the level of specialization compared to any other Porsche of the past and probably also compared to all other production cars. This is because in Zuffenhausen they decided to take the concept of a track car approved for road use even further. The application of this approach is seen not so much in the engine, which in any case remains aspirated, without any hybrid system and rises from 510 to 525 hp, as in the aerodynamics and cooling systems. The result is that this 911 GT3 RS is very close to the racing model, the 911 GT3 R. So here is the centrally mounted radiator instead of the old three-radiator configuration; was adopted for the first time on the 911 RSR, already winner at Le Mans, and later on the 911 GT3 R.


The large central radiator is mounted at an angle in the front hood, freeing up space in front of the rear wheel arches to install active aerodynamic elements. Then there are the infinitely variable airfoil elements in the front and on the two-section rear wing (hydraulically adjustable and for the first time higher than the roofline), as well as a number of other aerodynamic features, such as the front splitter that diverts the flows, the sideblades that convey the air flow to the outside and the fins on the roof that allow fresh air to reach the engine. For the first time there is also a DRS system that lowers resistance on straights and increases it when braking. The result is that at 200 km / h there are 409 kg of downforce, which rises to 860 kg at 285 km / h, which is double the previous generation.


There are three driving modes: Normal, Sport and Track, with the latter allowing you to manage the basic settings individually. For the first time, the extension and compression of the front and rear axles can be adjusted separately; you can also intervene on the differential and on various other parameters, all through the four switches on the steering wheel. The 4-liter flat six has gained 15 HP mainly thanks to the new camshafts, while the PDK double clutch transmission has 7 shorter ratios: the maximum speed is 296 km / h and for the sprint from 0 to 100 km / h it takes 3.2 seconds. As for the brakes, at the front there are 408 mm steel discs with six-piston aluminum fixed calipers and at the rear 380 mm discs with four-piston fixed calipers; the carbon ceramic system is optional.


The new 911 GT3 RS is fitted as standard with forged alloy wheels with central locking, which fit tires in the sizes 275/35 R 20 at the front and 335/30 R21 at the rear, even if the original equipment brand has not yet been defined. As for the car body, the 911 GT3 RS has a curb weight of only 1,450 kg despite many components being oversized. The doors, front fenders, roof, front hood and racing seats are made of CFRP. The Clubsport package includes a steel stabilizer bar, a portable fire extinguisher and six-point seat belts for the driver and is available at no extra cost. The Weissach package, on the other hand, is paid separately and includes many aesthetic and structural components in CFRP, in addition to the gearshift levers with magnet technology developed in motorsport. Speaking of prices, the new 911 GT3 RS starts at € 239,435.00.


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