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No turbos, no electric motors, the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS is pure race car for the road

By Kenny Yeo - on 18 Aug 2022, 10:42am

No turbos, no electric motors, the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS is pure race car for the road

The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS. (Image source: Porsche)

The Porsche 911 GT3 RS is the last bastion for a certain type of sports car. It is the ultimate expression of a naturally-aspirated 911. And naturally-aspirated sports cars are a rarity in today's world – you can count on one hand the number of sports cars with such an engine – which is why this car is so special.

(Image source: Porsche)

The motor is a 4-litre flat-six and it has individual throttle bodies and new camshafts that allow it to produce 517hp. Mated to a 7-speed PDK gearbox (no manual option, sadly), the new GT3 RS can get from 0 to 100km/h in just 3.2 seconds and 0 to 200km/h in just 10.6 seconds. The top speed, should you have a runway at your disposal, is 296km/h.

It's no slouch, but there are many faster cars in a straight line. Where the GT3 RS excels is in the twisties. Porsche claims the new car has twice as much downforce as the last GT3 RS and three times the downforce as the current GT3.

The large rear wing can go into a lower downforce position for greater straight-line acceleration or flip upwards to act as an air brake. (Image source: Porsche)

Much of this downforce is thanks to the car's aggressive aero package. The large wing at the back and the numerous flicks and vents help generate as much as 400kg of downforce at just 200km/h and a whopping 860kg of downforce at 285km/h.

The new GT3 RS even has an F1-style drag reduction system which adjusts the wing to a lower drag position to achieve greater straight-line performance. And under heavy braking, the rear wing can flip upwards to act as an air brake.

Carbon ceramic brakes are a S$40,000 optional extra. (Image source: Porsche)

Speaking of brakes, the front brakes use six-pot calipers with massive 408mm rotors while the rears are four-pot calipers with 380mm rotors. For very keen trackies, there's a carbon-ceramic option that uses larger 410mm rotors in the front and 390mm rotors in the rears. 

 

Availability and pricing

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Deliveries will start in spring 2023 and prices will start at S$974,488 (without COE). Once you factor in COE and the various extras that the lucky owners will invariably want, this car will easily cost well over a million dollars.

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