Make sure you have your special rag handy to clean up your mess once you’ve seen the new 911 GT3 RS? I’m already drooling all over myself here. Hot on the heels of the release of the 2010 911 Turbo along with the 2010 GT3 being revealed a few months back, the GT3 RS is here to crush all of the news.
Porsche has had lots of great news in the past year. First, they updated the 997 911 with a freshened look and feel. Then came the new GT3. Months after that, the Turbo. Now, though, we have the car that makes them all look average; the 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 3.8. Just like the original 997 GT3 RS a full roll cage is standard affair.
I love how with the new GT3 and GT3 RS there are 3.8 markings on certain parts of the cars. It adds an old school 911 flavor back to the mix. Like the days of the old Carrera 2.7 and 3.8 RSs. I love it.
The GT3 RS is fitted with all of the standard GT3 materials plus a few extra RS materials. RS stands for RennSport in German, or Racing Sport in English. Some of the modifications include 15 more horsepower to make 450, wider tires in the front and the rear; 245/35 ZR 19 front and 325/30 ZR 19 rear. That’s up from 235/35 ZR 19 front and 305/30 ZR 19 rear for the standard GT3. Other basic upgrades have gone into the transmission, with shorter gears and quicker throws, the RS should feel a little more racy than its little brother. Also, an all new titanium exhaust system has been fitted to help the new RS breathe better.
More upgrades are mostly in the way the suspension dampens, with a stronger setup towards track driving. The PASM has been set up to be even more track oriented. Also, Porsche fitted the RS with a lithium-ion battery that saved 22lbs from the car itself. One of the biggest differences between the GT3 and GT3 RS is the spoiler. The larger carbon fiber wing supported by the large aluminum pieces is meant to save weight while drastically increasing stability of the car on the race track.
0-60 will take roughly 3.8-seconds, according to Porsche, and the price is set at $132,800. That’s $20,000 more than the GT3. Is it worth the money? The paint job certainly is…
Check out the press release and images below.
Porsche AG and NA press releases:
Stuttgart. 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 uncom-
promising, 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 horse-
power 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 strict-
est 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 gear-
box 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 model.
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. The market launch date and retail price vary by region or country.
Porsche rolls out the definitive track ready, street legal 911
ATLANTA – August 19, 2009 – Delivering even more engine power, lower weight and shorter transmission ratios, as well as upgraded body and suspension components than all previous GT3s, the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS sets the foundation for homologating the race version of the 911 GT3 and will be introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show September 17-27, 2009.
The heart of the new, uncompromising GT3 RS is the power unit. Like the engine featured in the 911 GT3, the naturally-aspirated RS power unit now displaces 3.8 liters and delivers even more power, while revving up even faster to its 8500 rpm redline. It now delivers 450 horsepower, 15 more horsepower than its 911 GT3 counterpart. Even with a specific output of more than 118 hp per liter from the six-cylinder boxer engine, the power unit in the new GT3 RS remains fully suitable for everyday use.
The new 911 GT3 RS comes exclusively with a six-speed manual gearbox optimized 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 transmission comes with shorter ratios than found in the 911 GT3, deliberately conceding an even higher potential top track speed.
Dynamic engine mounts are standard and serve to improve the car’s handling 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 lively conditions, yet allow for more comfortable conditions during everyday street use.
Porsche is also introducing another new option in 2010 for the GT3 RS, a lithium-ion battery. Delivered with the car and, when replacing the conventional lead-acid battery, it reduces the weight by more than 10 kg or 22 lb and is mainly intended for the track.
To further improve its sporting behavior, the new 911 GT3 RS comes with a purpose-built and specially set up PASM suspension, a wider front and rear track and corresponding bodywork.
The front axle comes with nine-inch-wide wheels running on 245/35 ZR 19 sports tires while the rear axle features twelve-inch-wide wheels incorporating 325/30 ZR 19 sports tires.
The new 911 GT3 RS shows its close connection to motorsport through its dynamic looks, in particular by its low ride height, the new, extra large carbon-fiber rear wing and titanium exhaust system.
The 2010 911 GT3 RS goes on sale in the U.S. in early spring of 2010 and will be priced at $132,800.