Porsche 911 GT3 RS: The number of the beastMore power, less weight, harder dynamics. The 911's angry sibling has arrived and it's out for victory. XCAR checks out the new GT3 RS at Geneva and looks back at the history of this monster.
This is the all new Porsche 911 GT3RS. And it's shaping up to be something of a monster. Here are the basic numbers. It's got a four liter engine, 493 brake horsepower. And 339 pound [UNKNOWN]. Note [INAUDIBLE] 62 takes 3.3 seconds. Now, compare that with the GT3. That's got 275 horsepower, 324 pounds [INAUDIBLE] and will do one to 62 in 3.5 seconds. But all that extra speed boost is [INAUDIBLE] more power no. This thing has a ten kilo weight advantage over the G23. That's thanks in part. Down to the carbon fiber boot and bonnet. And for the first time ever, a magnesium roof. It's quality has more than a hint of 911 Turbo in it, but it hides a pretty cool Easter egg. You see that vental gully going over the bonnet to the roof? Not only does that highlight the super light weight bit, but. It's also hark back to 911s of old. Then we get to the Arrow. It's got a truly massive chin spoiler, good luck with speed bumps. And a massive spoiler at the back. But then take a look at the vents on the wings. Not only do they look awesome, but they also relieve pressure in the wheel. And improved downfalls. [INAUDIBLE] going on with the new GT3RS, but before we get to all of that, here's why the RS cars are so special. So here we are, another 911 GT3RS, the most coveted, most mental, most hardcore car in the 911 lineup and it owes its lineage [MUSIC] To a formality from the '70s. The 1973 and 1974 Carerra RSs were made to please the [UNKNOWN]. You see, Porsche wanted to go racing in a new 911 based car. But, in order to do so, they needed to make 500 road going versions of said racer. The Carerra RSs were lighter, harder, faster. Just better. Than the standard 911. They all said look, a bit slinkier as well. Over the years well they appreciated rather a lot. Values in the last ten years have gone up over 650%. So if you sold one say. 11 years ago, makes it seem a bit silly. As we know the GT3 911s are pretty mental. They have got big wings, big engines, silly power, stiff springs and a legion of fans all wanting to have a go around the track in them. Like this one for example, a 9,000 RPM lightweight slice of mentalness designed for pretty serious use. But it is arguably the Diet Coke. Of Porsche's GT cars, perfectly fine but not quite the forethought hit some are looking for. That's where RX or [UNKNOWN] comes to play. See this GT3 is, it's a lightweight monster really, it's all kinds of mad. But the RS, that goes [UNKNOWN] take the 996GTRS for example, the rear window. [INAUDIBLE] [MUSIC] Was made of plastic. The bonnet made of carbon fiber. It had carbon ceramic brakes, which, at the time, was quite a thing for a road car to have those. Then, there was more power, harder springs, more extremism. It was mad. The RS cars have always been a highlight of Porsche's many nine 11 rangers, all the way from the 2.70 fit Carrera RS, so the 997 RS four liter, a car that some people consider to be the finest of the breed. As cars go, they are always the purest, the rawest, the loudest, the most raucous, the loudest, the best. Driver's car, not in a GT 86 sense, in a far purer, more racecar sense than that. These are serious cars for serious drivers. Now when we see a purity like that from a 991 GT3R. Well, yes, I think we will. [INAUDIBLE] already taken one of these around the ring and scored a very impressive seven minute twenty. That's five seconds off the GT3 and nine off of the Terrera GT Super Car. Impressive stuff. And if that doesn't impress you, well the interior will certainly get you in the mood for some high speed turnery. There's [UNKNOWN] everywhere, there's standard issue roll cage, in the back a pitch speed limiter button, how cool is that? And if you select the sport kroner package you have the option of sending lap times and other stats. [INAUDIBLE] The new GT3RS will be in showrooms this May. And in the UK, at least, will cost just a shade over 131,000 pounds. [MUSIC]