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Porsche 911 GT3 RS at the Geneva Motor Show: Slipped into the extreme 911

Stefan Baldauf
Geneva Auto Salon 2020
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V fit for the racetrack away from the band, that is Credo of the GT3 RS models from Porsche. And that will not change with the latest new edition, which celebrates its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show. Author Jens Dralle has already taken a seat in the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

Slid into the Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Zack, fits. Just slipped into the seat of the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS and everything is fine. Somewhere over there, the 500 hp four-liter engine still sleeps the sleep of the righteous, and even if the trunk lid swings up with the wing, it doesn't show up. Oh, what else can you get upset about? And the 50,000 euros extra charge compared to the normal GT3? Enough customers will pay him.

Inside, in any case, everything appears as puristic as it should be, at least at first glance. But what is the button for the exhaust on the center console? Shouldn't an RS just have one key, and always the most emotional one? And then that: again just the selector lever for the dual clutch transmission. Sure, that just seems logical. And yes, not a single line needs to be lost about the perfection of the PDK. But ... oh, they don't listen to us anyway, the Porsches. And yet I'm sitting here bracketed in the thin CFRP shell and can't wait to try out the RS. To find out that he is always faster than me. And that he will do everything to make my work easier, if only because of the perfect ergonomics. And that I will probably be happy that the PDK does some of the work for me. On the other hand: The Cayman GT4 is parked right next door - with a manual transmission. Wait a minute, I'll be right back. And while our colleague Dralle is gone, we stay here, at the Porsche 911 GT3 RS and take care of the facts .....

Four-liter vacuum cleaner with 500 HP

The GT3 RS is still powered by a powerful naturally aspirated engine. It stays with the six-cylinder boxer. However, the newly developed boxer now uses a full four liters of displacement and develops 500 hp and 460 Nm. In the new Porsche GT3 RS, gear changes are made exclusively using the newly tuned 7-speed dual clutch transmission. Manual switching is not provided. In conjunction with a limited-slip differential on the driven rear axle, the GT3 RS should take 3.3 secondszero to 100 km /h. 200 km /h are already on the clock after 10.9 seconds and the top speed is reached at 310 km /h. Porsche cites 12.7 liters as the standard consumption.

The driving dynamics benefit from the consistent lightweight construction of the GT3 RS. The body, which was taken over from the Turbo, has a roof made of magnesium, the hoods at the front and rear are made of carbon fiber laminate. This should reduce the weight of the GT3 RS to 1,420 kg. Special features of the GT3 RS are a 30-centimeter-wide recess that extends over the center of the CFRP front hood and magnesium roof and large wheel arch vents on the front fenders.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS costs from 181,690 euros

The aerodynamically important components have increased. The radiator openings in the front have become larger, as has the spoiler. There are also more cooling openings on the trunk lid. In addition to the rump spoiler, the GT3 RS has a large, fixed wing - made of carbon fiber laminate, of course.

When it comes to the chassis, the Porsche GT3 RS uses rear-axle steering, a limited-slip differential with torque vectoring and an even wider track than the GT3. The tire dimensions on the new 911 GT3 RS are impressive: front 265/35 ZR 20 on 9.5 J x 20, rear 325/30 ZR 21 on 12.5 J x 21 - each with central locking.

The The interior offers the usual Elferkost supplemented by carbon applications and Alcantara surfaces. There are also sports bucket seats and six-point seat belts. In addition, a roll cage stiffens the safety cell. In addition to the integrated stopwatches, the optional Sport Chrono Package also includes the Porsche Track Precision app for smartphones.

The Porsche 911 GT3 RS will be available from May at prices starting at 181,690 euros. It costs around 50,000 euros more than the normal GT3.

And on the subject of racing: with a lap time of seven minutes and 20 seconds, the new 911 GT3 RS on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring even exceeds the historic record of the Carrera super sports car GT of just under seven minutes and 29 seconds.


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