April 28, 2011

Porsche GT3RS 4.0: A serial winner with optimized carpets

Porsche GT3 RS 4.0

A special Edition of a special edition, the GT3RS 4.0 is an awesome car but there are those that are a bit dissapointed Porsche did not go full RSR for the road, bolted fenders and all. The more cynical are murmuring Porsche is just trying to milk the remaining 997 chassis ahead of the 991 introduction.

What they are missing though is that this car will have the RSR's engine and choice mototsport suspension bits and, of course, "weight optimized carpets"!

In any case, your neighbor just bought a GT3 RS? Make sure you get on the list for one of the 600 white and red 4.0s for the best 997 RS that will ever be!

Press release after the jump

Porsche GT3 RS 4.0

Porsche GT3 RS 4.0

Limited edition racing car: 911 GT3 RS 4.0

Stuttgart. With the 911 GT3 RS 4.0, one of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart’s most popular, coveted and successful racing pedigree production cars is entering the home straight. Limited to 600 vehicles, the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 brings together in a road car all the attributes that have made the Porsche 911 GT3 a serial winner on the race track. The new model purveys thoroughbred motorsport technology to its innermost core. The flat engine's crankshaft has been lifted unchanged from the 911 GT3 RSR racing car’s six cylinder engine and the forged pistons’ connecting rods are fashioned from titanium. The four-litre displacement sports engine, the biggest 911 model line engine ever, is also the most powerful naturally aspirated engine with 125 hp/litre (92 kW). It achieves its maximum power of 368 kW (500 hp) at 8,250 revs per minute. The engine delivers its maximum torque of 460 Newton metres at 5,750 rpm.

The 911 GT3 RS 4.0 offers truly impressive performance. The most eloquent figure: It makes it round the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in 7:27 minutes. The 911 GT3 4.0, available exclusively with a six-speed sports transmission, sprints to 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standing start in 3.9 seconds, its gearing designed for the racing circuit taking it to the 200 km/h (124 mph) mark in under 12 seconds.

Porsche GT3 RS 4.0

The 911 GT3 RS 4.0’s outstanding driving dynamics are the fruit of meticulously coordinated details. In addition to using the suspension components typically encountered in motor racing, weight reduction is also of supreme importance. Equipped as standard with light weight components such as bucket seats, bonnet and front wings made of carbon fibre, plastic rear windows and weight-optimised carpets, the two-seater’s ready-for-road weight is a mere 1,360 kilograms with a full tank of fuel. At 2.72 kg/hp, the 911 GT3 RS 4.0’s power-to-weight ratio thereby dips below the magical threshold of 3 kilograms per hp.

The limited edition 911 is painted white as standard and emphasises its proximity to motor racing by its dynamic appearance. Trademark characteristics are the wide track, the low vehicle position, the large rear wing with adapted side plates, the typical central twin tailpipe and the aerodynamically optimised body. The lateral front air deflection vanes, so-called flics, making their first appearance on a production Porsche, testify to the aerodynamic precision engineering. They create increased downforce on the front axle and together with the steeply inclined rear wing bring the vehicle into aerodynamic equilibrium. As a result, at top speed, aerodynamic forces exert an additional 190 kg pushing the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 onto the road.

The market launch of the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 begins in Germany in July 2011. The basic list price is 178,596 euro including 19 per cent value added tax and country-specific equipment.

Porsche GT3 RS 4.0


  1. I have to wonder if it'll make it to our market plastic windows intact...

    I too would have liked it a bit lighter but it sure does look like a wonderful package.

  2. Interesting Nurburgring lap time. The 2011 Nissan GTR has a lap time of 7:24(in semi wet conditions). I'm not saying this GT3 is inadequate in any way, I just find that interesting.
    I'm glad they decided to use that mighty impressive RSR engine engine though!
    So AC, I have to ask. Would you take this over the GT2?


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