New Porsche 911 GT3 RS Proves Less Is More (Money)

The Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo might have been the star attraction at the company’s press conference in Geneva but the automaker also revealed the new 911 GT3 RS.

Based on the outgoing 911, the GT3 RS is a high-performance model which features a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six engine that produces 520 PS (383 kW) and 468 Nm (346 lb-ft) of torque. The engine is connected to a seven-speed PDK transmission which enables the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.0 seconds and hit a top speed of 193 mph (312 km/h).

Since the model has been designed with performance in mind, it features a number of lightweight components. The fascias are constructed out of polyurethane, while the front trunk lid and fenders are made from carbon fiber. The model also has a magnesium roof, lightweight rear windows and lighter door panels with pull straps. The rear seats have also been removed and the car features less sound deadening material than mainstream variants.

Buyers who want to reduce the weight even further can order the Weissach Package which costs $18,000. The package adds a number of carbon fiber components including the roof, sway bars and coupling rods. These components save approximately 13 lbs (5.8 kg) of weight which is roughly $1,385 per pound.

If the Weissach Package doesn’t bust your bank account, you can order forged magnesium wheels for an additional $13,000. They’re a bit of a bargain, compared to the Weissach Package at least, as they weigh around 25 lbs (11.3 kg) less than the standard wheels.

Even in base form, the 911 GT3 RS is pretty impressive as it features a 911 GT2 RS-sourced hood with NACA ducts to optimize brake cooling without increasing drag. The model also has a larger front lip spoiler, carbon fiber shelled seats and an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel with a yellow center marker at 12 o’clock. Other highlights include a titanium exhaust system, active engine mounts, an adaptive suspension and a torque vectoring system.

The 911 GT3 RS will be launched later this year and pricing starts at €195,137 in Germany and $187,500 in the United States.

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  • Six_Tymes

    well, i suppose i can go buy a lottery ticket and dream…

  • GobbleUp

    Sorry, but this looks dated already. Esp compared to the Pista, Performante and 720.

    • Matt

      While porsches performance #s are built to equal or beat supercars, they are made (mostly) for an everyday use and subdued styling compared to mclarrns, ferraris and lambos. The gt3 rs also starts $100k less over the cars mentioned.

      • GobbleUp

        At $210k out the door, price is not a concern in this class. Agree they are engineered to be mid level every day sports cars. I find the look to be played out and in this particular variant a bit boy racer/tuner car.

    • eb110americana

      I think that’s kind of the point of buying any 911. Some will say dated. Others will say classic or timeless.

  • LWOAP

    With Porsche’s haven’t really been cheap when you factor in all the options. I didn’t expect that to change with this either.

  • SteersUright

    The 911 991 is starting to show its age inside and out, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t want one of these…badly!

  • Bash

    Well, porches has always more expensive when they come with less options.. you just pay for something (more) sporty.

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