Porsche 911 GT3 RS
The car looks like it means business with design elements that are more pronounced than other naturally aspirated 911s. Many of the details of the type 991 GT3 RS had already been leaked and while some where incorrect a lot of it was true.
Hit the jump to see the full specs and pricing for the 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
The styling of the 911 GT3 RS is traditional Porsche, but with a harder edge. The front facia has large air intakes and the hood has an indent in it that reminds us of styling found in the early 911s.
On the fenders you also find air outlets that help keep the brakes cool. Follow the lines to behind the doors and you find large air-intakes. These intakes are usually found on turbocharged 911s, which give it a very purposeful look. These intakes are also why many thought that the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS would be turbocharged.
At the rear of the RS you find a large rear wing on top of a ducktail spoiler. The rear has clean crisp lines and is finished off by the center dual exhaust.
The interior has plenty of leather with Alcantara accents. Inside the GT3 RS is a driver focused cockpit. All of the controls are well placed and it is familiar to anyone that has driven a modern 911.
From the drivers view you’ll find a well positioned steering wheel with paddle shifters. Behind that you’ll notice the large tachometer that uses a white background, versus the other gauges that use a black background.
The racing seats (based of those used in the 918 Spyder) are very supportive and they hold the driver in firmly when driven quickly. They are designed to handle a five point harness out of the box for those planing some time on the track.
Powering the 991 GT3 RS is a 4.0-liter naturally aspirated flat-six engine. The power plant is capable of 500 horsepower (25 horsepower more than the standard GT3). The engine is mated to a reworked PDK transmission (some rumors had the return of the manual transmission with the RS, but they were not true) that offers even quicker shifting and a paddle neutral mode, which is similar to pushing in a clutch peddle on a traditional manual.
Beyond being more powerful, the RS is 22 pounds lighter than the standard GT3. All of this works together to launch the GT3 RS from 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds and it has lapped the Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 20 seconds.
Pricing of the 2016 911 GT3 RS starts at $175,900 and the car will be available in July of 2015.
For those looking for the ultimate in naturally aspirated 911s, the 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS pushes the limits. It is a very fast and pure car that is perfect on the track. While many purists would love to see the manual transmission back as an option, the move to PDK for the GT3 lineup is necessary to keep up with other performance cars.