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2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Is a Lap-Time Champ

On-the-fly adjustable suspension and a drag-reduction system bring plenty of motorsport innovations to the road.

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Porsche on Wednesday unveiled the 911 GT3 RS, ahead of its public debut at Monterey Car Week.     

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Under the hood -- which, don't forget, is actually 'round back -- is a 4.0-liter, naturally aspirated, flat-6 gas engine producing 518 horsepower, up from the previous iteration's 502, thanks in large part to a new set of camshafts.    

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All that power heads to the rear wheels through a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission, which features shorter gear ratios than the current GT3.     

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That's enough thrust to reach 60 mph in 3 seconds flat, topping out around 184 mph.    

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The GT3 RS ditches its frunk in favor of a massive central radiator that was first used in Porsche's 911 RSR and GT3 R race cars, freeing up some space for additional aero trickery.     

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The rear wing is split into two components, with a fixed lower portion and an adjustable element above.    

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A front splitter moves air more effectively, while louvers in the front wings help channel air in order to reduce pressure differentials in the wheel wells.    

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Combined with other active aero, this gives the GT3 RS a drag-reduction system that can flatten the wings to reduce drag and downforce in the name of top speed.     

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Altogether, the GT3 RS produces 902 pounds of downforce at 120 mph, double that of the previous GT3 RS and triple that of the current GT3.     

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