New Porsche 911 GT3 RS Feels Right At Home In The ‘Unknown’ Nurburgring

We all know that the combination of the iconic Nurburgring and the Porsche 911 GT3 RS is a match made in heaven, and the same applies to the latest model.

One would be excused for not knowing that the Nordschleife (North Loop) used to have a smaller sibling, the now-gone Sudschleife (South Loop).

Nurburgring Sudchleife was shorter, with a length of 4.4 miles (7.7km), but arguably even more terrifying than its bigger brother. The circuit was fast, but the room for error was almost non-existent, thanks to its narrow design and the trees sitting close to the tarmac.

The latest iteration of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS is powered by a high-revving, naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat six that makes 512hp (520PS) and is paired to a seven-speed PDK transmission.

Porsche reckons it’ll do 0-62mph (100km/h) in 3.2 seconds and hit 193 mph (312 km/h) flat out. The suspension is rose-jointed and the springs are firmer than the previous version, while the front bonnet gets the same NACA brake-cooling ducts as the GT2 RS.

Carfection delivers its first driving impressions on the new 911 GT3 RS, as well as sharing some interesting information on the old track on the video that follows.

  • ace_9

    Meh… I would rather have Civic Type R.

    • SteersUright

      The Type R is arguably the “poor” man’s GT3, so I can understand your comparison. But given the choice, who on earth would take the Type R over this sports car masterpiece??

      • ace_9

        I’m one of the very few people that really don’t like 911. The shape became acceptable for me only two generations ago, I don’t like the pendulum effect and most of all I think it is over-glorified these days and has too many versions just to fit every possible price range. And these RS versions scream “look at all my intakes, vents, spoiler and everything… I’m a 911 hypercar!”. It does not suit a car like 911 (for me), because unlike Civic, it always takes itself too seriously. Civic with ridiculous aggressive ricey bits looks much more appropriate and fun than this wanna be hypercar with wrong engine layout and weird retrofuturistic shape.

        • Vassilis

          Sorry mate, you’re just wrong.

          • ace_9

            That’s my opinion. I can understand if somebody likes it and I’m not trying to say that 911 is objectively wrong. I just see it that way and you’re not the first blind 911 cult member saying “you’re wrong” without even trying to give at least a single argument.

          • Vassilis

            I’m not a blind 911 cult member. I didn’t give an argument because all the arguments are out there and have been for years. It’s very well know why 911s are great and why the GT3 RS specifically is amazing. The vents etc that you claim are there to shout “I’m a 911 hypercar” aren’t there for that. They’re there for a reason. Porsche never claimed the 911 to be a hypercar but an extremely competent sportscar. Even a supercar killer. It is all that. I respect different tastes and opinions but in this case it’s not a matter of opinion. It seems to me like you don’t understand the car and therefore you can’t appreciate it. Appreciating something and then saying it just isn’t for me is alright. But you can’t say the 911 is over-glorified. That’s objectively wrong. To use your Type R example, I can appreciate how great the car is but I’d never buy it because I think it looks silly. I do understand how good it is though.

          • ace_9

            You just described how well it performs. I, however, don’t deny that. I just don’t like how it looks and that obvious effort to squeeze some 911 into every price range possible. Besides, the pendulum effect is still there. Most of the reviewers just don’t talk about it. Only sometimes, when they test it together with some competitor (like for example amg gt r). For me the 911 evolved into the serious sports car for serious driving enthusiasts. And I don’t like that kind of people and I don’t like their serious soulless machines. I would rather be a silly guy in a Civic with stupidly large spoiler and fake vents (as long as it does not compromise the handling).

          • Vassilis

            But you said it’s over-glorified. It isn’t. Also, it’s anything but soulless. It is a serious sportscar but only because it’s seriously competent. Not because it’s serious in character.

          • SteersUright

            The “pendulum effect” you speak of has been praised by every pro-driver as a character quality once you learn to master the 911’s handling. In essence, it allows either a ton of easy and controllable oversteer if thats your style or for very precise, light and accurate steering along with excellent power delivery out of corners if placed correctly. Race versions of the 911’s have used this quality to tremendous effect winning more than just about any other car out there and remaining a favorite of club sport racing enthusiasts.
            And soulless?? A Civic Type R (a car I very much like) sounds like a vacuum cleaner. A GT3 screams its lungs out on every shift! How much more soul do you need?! lol…
            That said, I respect your preference and opinions…just sharing some of my own.

  • Bash

    What a drive! I never heard of this track before.

    • LWOAP

      Same here. It’s been abandoned for awhile.

      • Fabián Montiel

        It’s a shame that some parts are destroyed.

  • SteersUright

    Carfection has to be one of the very best auto reviewers around today.

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