Porsche 911 GT3 RS unveiled

The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS has been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, Porsche calling it “the definitive track car for everyday use.”

Power comes from a 4.0-litre, direct-injection flat-six engine, producing 493bhp and 339lb/ft of torque. Controversially, a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox is the only option, though it’s unlikely it would sprint from 0-62mph in 3.3 seconds with a manual.

Porsche doesn’t mention a top speed – the ‘standard’ GT3 reaches 196mph. Could the GT3 RS be the first of the breed to break the 200mph barrier? It has been revealed the GT3 RS has lapped the Nurburgring in 7 minutes 20 seconds, beating the monstrous Carrera GT by nine seconds.

The GT3 RS is 10kg lighter than the regular car, with a magnesium roof and carbonfibre engine and luggage compartment lids. The bodyshell is based on the wide-arched Turbo with RS-specific aero, including the front splitter and gigantic rear wing. The extra vents in the front wheelarches, which pull heat away from the brakes, are a nice touch, as well.

Torque vectoring, a limited slip differential and wider front and rear tracks increase handling agility and stability.

The interior has the full-on race car vibe, with a rollcage, six-point harnesses and fire extinguisher. There’s even a pitlane speed limiter button on the centre console.

Standard equipment includes a sports exhaust, dynamic engine mounts, centre-lock wheels, carbonfibre bucket seats and climate control.

The Porsche 911 GT3 RS is available to order now for the princely sum of £131,296.

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