By   February 22, 2018

2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Just its name is enough to make other sports cars tremble in their boots and now it is even faster. The 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS builds on the success of past GT3 RS models. It is faster and yet in a turbocharged world it continues to use a naturally aspirated flat-six (and there was much rejoicing).

For those that can pay the price (and it is up there), the 991.2 GT3 RS provides a track focused machine that can also be driven on the road. When we say track focused we mean track focused. A look on the inside will tell you all you need to know with the lack of back seats and the full bucket seats with carbon fiber reinforced backrests. Door opening loops and reduced sound deadening help enforce that this is a car made for a single purpose.

Weight reduction over the standard GT3 add to the track ready fun. Beyond the missing rear seats and the piece of fabric for a door handle, the rear and rear-side windows are made of lightweight glass. Items such as the front trunk and fenders are made of carbon fiber and the roof consists of magnesium for added weight reduction.

This is all well and good, but the star of the show is that naturally aspirated flat-six sitting in the back. For the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS it now pumps out 520 horsepower and 346 lb.-ft. of torque. This helps it launch from 0-60 mph in just 3.0 seconds. This marks a 0.1 second improvement over the 2018 911 GT3 RS and 0.2 seconds over the standard GT3. When the road opens and you can go flat out it can hit a top speed of 193 mph.

All that straight line speed is great, but all tracks (except drag strips) have curves. To help the new GT3 RS stay planted the aerodynamics have been specially worked to provide plenty of downforce at speed. That large rear wing isn’t just for show, it helps stability at the limit by working together with the rear underbody diffusor. Even with brake cooling aerodynamics where in mind as NACA ducts in the front trunk lid are used to optimize cooling without increasing drag.

The 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS starts at $187,500, but for an added $18,000 you can get the Weissach Package. This package offers a number of weight reduction upgrades including the front and rear sway bars and coupling rods, vehicle roof, steering wheel trim, and shift paddles on the steering wheel are all made of carbon fiber. These options reduce the weight by 13 lbs and optional forged magnesium wheels weight 25 lbs less than the standard wheels. When all of these options are ticked the weight of the 2019 911 GT3 RS drops to 3,153. The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS will be available in US dealerships starting in fall of 2018.

 

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