Back in March, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS set a new production car lap record at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta with a stunning lap of 1:24.88. However, the range-topping 911 wasn’t the only car which Porsche brought to the track as it also let loose a GT3 RS at the circuit, featured in the video below.
With an expert driver behind the wheel, the GT3 RS was able to lap the circuit in 1:26.24 and while that’s roughly 1.5-seconds slower than the GT2 RS, it is by no means slow. In fact, the new GT3 RS has proven itself to by exceptionally fast around a racetrack and has even lapped the Nurburgring in under 7 minutes, something which only a handful of production cars have ever done.
Powering the latest Porsche 911 GT3 RS is a naturally-aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six engine with 512 hp. This engine is mated to a seven-speed PDK transmission which sends power to the rear wheels and helps the sports car hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.2 seconds before continuing through to a top speed of 312 km/h (193 mph).
However, the engine doesn’t tell the full story. A multitude of other modifications, including new rose-jointed suspension with firmer springs, new aerodynamic parts, and 20-inch and 21-inch sticky tires all play a role in making the new GT3 RS significantly faster than its predecessor. The GT2 RS is still the vehicle to opt for if you’re looking for the ultimate track tool but the appeal of its sibling’s naturally-aspirated six-cylinder is undeniable.