If you are a sports car enthusiast, chances are that I will be spared the blues of explaining the Porsche 911 range. But seldom does any news come by, which makes us jump up in excitement from our seats. This though, is.
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS in my dictionary is a Swiss-knife. It can do multiple things (be as gentle as you want or as mental as you want). Naturally, the news of its arrival is bound to get all of us into a visual spatialisation mode leading people like me to visualise what would it be like to look at and drive. Well, we are glad that we can share a little bit of that madness with you.
Now, we all know that not many supercars can don two roles i.e one of a civilised car and the other of a track focused car. But to Porsche, that has been their strength. Making things capable in more than one way. A word of warning though, this article is as long as the wait for an enthusiast to get the hands on one.
The arrival of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS signifies the fact that the German car maker, like always, is at the helm of breaking the limits of possibilities by redefining what it takes to fabricate a car that is an epitome of cutting edge supercar technology and yet subtle enough for day-to-day driving. The arrival of the 911 GT3 RS at their Bangalore centre cements the very fact that it is the ultimate yardstick in its’ class.
With the aid of comprehensive drive system, aerodynamics and light-weight design alterations, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS sets an even greater benchmark performance. And as a result, it outclasses the Carrera GT, by N-I-N-E seconds, in lapping the famed ‘Nurburgring Nordschleife’ and achieving the feat in 7 minutes and 20 seconds.
The blistering performance is achieved due to Porsche’s rich heritage of motorsport prowess and pioneering technology. Bear with us for the coming nerd-fest though. This track focused rocket is transformed by a 4.0-litre, six-cylinder engine that comes to knock you out with 500 BHP and 480 Nm of torque. It gets a specially developed PDK transmission.
The engine, features the largest displacement and serves up the most power of any naturally aspirated engine with direct fuel injection in the 911 family. It shoots from 0 to 100 km/hr in 3.3 seconds and 0 to 200 km/hr is dealt with in 10.9 seconds. That’s mind-numbing acceleration for sure.
The fuel consumption is rated to be 12.7 l/100 kms (who cares when it’s a PORSCHE!!!). It gets functions such as de-clutching by ‘paddle neutral’ – which is similar to pressing the clutch with a manual gearbox and speed limiting by the Pit Speed button for motorsport enthrallment. This would give the driver more freedom when it comes to driving dynamics while providing added assistance when they are on a circuit racetrack.
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The 911 GT3 RS is a specimen of intelligent feather weight design. For the very first time, the roof is developed out of magnesium, carbon-fibre has been summoned for the engine and luggage compartment lids and other light-weight components are made of alternative materials. This leads to a 10 kg deduction in the weight compared to the 911 GT3.
The car’s light-weight roof aids a lower centre of gravity thereby improving its excellent lateral dynamics. The body comes from the 911 Turbo thereby signalling the model’s status as the closest road-legal sports car with the RS-specific aerodynamic add-on parts. The road grabbing front spoiler lip and the large rear wing augment its dominant look.
A 30 cm wide recess centrally extends over the Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CRPF) bonnet and the magnesium roof. This very feature is a stylish testimony to the recess on the luggage compartment lid of the classic 911 models with air-cooled engines and in this case, it identifies the two largest light-weight components in the 911 GT3 RS.
Another unique attribute is the unique front wheel arch air vents that extend into the upper section of the wings – just like in purebred motorsport cars and they increase downforce at the front axle. The chassis has been tuned with maximum driving dynamics and precision being at the top of the priority list.
Features such as rear-axle steering and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus with fully variable rear axle differential lock elevate agility and dynamics, and the wider front and rear track widths instills even better roll stability than in the 911 GT3. It comes with the widest tyres of any 911 range as standard which means it will have enhanced agile turn-in characteristics and even faster cornering capabilities.
Interior design in the 911 GT3 RS is completed with Alcantara elements which is based on the current 911 GT3. One key new feature is the full bucket seats, which are modelled on the carbon bucket seats of the 918 Spyder.
Other standard features are the Club Sport Package with a bolted-on roll cage behind the front seats, preparation for a battery master switch, and separately provided six-point safety harness for the driver and fire extinguisher with mounting bracket.
The standard Sport Chrono Package, which features the Porsche Track Precision app for a smartphone, in addition to its integrated timers. The app can be used to automatically measure lap times via GPS which can be logged on a smartphone for a range of driving parameters such as vehicle speed, acceleration, deceleration and lateral acceleration in the driving direction.
The only thing that we know is that if you don’t understand all of these things like me for instance, a trip to the circuit racetrack in one of these is sure to make you practically understand even more than we could manage to share with you.
For the moment, there is nothing to compete with the 911 GT3 RS. Blessed are the ones who can lay their hands on this asphalt-slayer.