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Porsche barely street-legal 911 GT3 RS


PORSCHE is renowned for creating hot, track-inspired versions of its iconic 911 model. We are still confused about which is which, but it’s okay, because Porsches are brilliant. Now though there’s a new track-ready Porsche and this one is barely street-legal.

This new GT3 RS has been given extensive modifications to its drive system, aerodynamics and a lightweight design, which enhance its performance even more than in the 911 GT3 on which it is based.

According to Porsche, the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS breaks down the barrier between street-legal sports cars and race cars more than ever. It is equipped with the maximum degree of motorsport technology that is currently possible in a street-legal 911.

The Porsche 911 GT3 RS is powered by a four-litre six-cylinder engine with 368kW of power and 460Nm of torque, combined with a specially developed PDK transmission. The engine - which has the largest displacement and most power of any naturally aspirated engine with direct fuel injection in the 911 family - accelerates the high-performance sports car from 0-100km/h in 3.3 seconds and to 200km/h in 10.9 seconds.

The Porsche 911 GT3 RS is a masterpiece of intelligent lightweight design. Its roof is made of magnesium and the front wings, front lid and engine lid are made of carbon fibre. Other lightweight parts are made of alternative materials. This makes the RS model, which weighs 1 420kg, around 10 kilograms lighter than the 911 GT3. In addition, the lightweight roof lowers the sports car's centre of gravity, which improves its excellent lateral dynamics. The body comes from the 911 Turbo, and it signifies its status as nearly a race-car-driving machine with its RS-specific aerodynamic add-on parts. The front spoiler lip, which extends nearly to the road and the large rear wing reinforce its dominant look.

The interior design of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS with Alcantara elements is based on the current 911 GT3. The driver and front passenger sit in full bucket seats made of visible carbon, which originates from 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 a separate six-point safety harness for the driver and a fire extinguisher with mounting bracket. The optional Sport Chrono package, which features an integrated timer, also includes the Porsche Track Precision app for a smartphone. This app can be used to have lap times automatically measured via GPS, and to log data on a smartphone for many driving parameters such as vehicle speed, lateral and longitudinal acceleration and deceleration. It manages this data and lets the driver share and compare it with other drivers, and that’s where this car becomes nerdy.

We do like Porsche’s 911 range but comparing lap times with your friends via an app is a little too much. We don’t think Porsche will have any issues selling these cars though as they are one of the most user-friendly supercars on the market today.

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