Stuttgart - Porsche’s GT3 is one of the last truly purist supercars on the market, but many fear that it will eventually forsake its high-revving normally aspirated engine configuration in favour of the modern turbocharged route.
Thankfully that day has yet to arrive and to celebrate the delay, the gents in Flacht (the home of Porsche Motorsport) have unleashed the RS version of the latest GT3.
It’s by no means the most powerful 911 in the line-up (remember, it’s more about the thrill of revving all the way to 9000) but the new GT3 RS is now the most potent normally aspirated 911, its four-litre flat-six producing 383kW - which is 15kW more than the ‘stock’ GT3. It doesn’t offer the manual option, however, meaning that a specially calibrated version of Porsche’s seven-speed PDK is the only gearbox option.
Expect a zero to 100km/h sprint in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 312km/h.
The car rolls on 20-inch front wheels, wearing 265/35 tyres, and 21-inch rear wheels with 325/30 rubber.
The RS features a re-calibrated rear axle steering system and as with the regular GT3, it can be specified with the Clubsport package at no extra cost - this comprising a roll-over bar, six-point harnesses and a fire extinguisher.
The GT3 cabin is also set apart by full carbon-backed racing bucket seats, lightweight door panels with storage nets and opening loops and you’ll have to excuse the noise (or orgasmic mechanical rock and roll in this case) as Porsche has removed some sound deadening to keep the car’s weight down.
On that note, owners can lighten their cars even further by opting for the Weissach package, which brings even more carbon components to the party (extending to the exterior, cabin and chassis) and magnesium wheels. Tick that box and your GT3 RS will weigh just 1430kg.
The GT3 RS is already available to order in South Africa and it’s priced from R3 220 000, which is a R470 000 premium over the normal GT3.
Watch the GT3 RS in action below: