These would be a great way to celebrate 50 years of the RS moniker.
In 1973, Porsche launched the inimitable Carrera RS (Rennsport) 2.7. Almost 50 years later, it remains one of the purest expressions of sports car driving perfection ever made. Porsche's RS-badged machines have become synonymous with driving pleasure and ultimate performance. What else would you expect from letters that signify motorsport? With so much history and so many smash hits, the Rennsport (German for racing) division ought to celebrate its upcoming half-century anniversary, and if recent rumors are anything to go by, celebrate it will.
According to a new report from Australia's WhichCar? magazine, two exciting new models are being prepared for a 2023 launch, and both will bear the RS moniker.
A report from late last year suggested that three new versions of the Porsche 911 would be coming soon, but now it seems that there's even more to look forward to. While the previously rumored 911 ST seems to be on course, along with the 911 Sport Classic, the big talking point is that the possibility of a Carrera RS seems all but a foregone conclusion.
Porsche would launch this in 2023 as part of its 50th-anniversary celebrations and would endow it with retro touches like Fuchs-style wheels and an integrated ducktail spoiler. But isn't that a similar recipe to the Sport Classic, you ask? Sure, but the Carrera RS would be even more powerful, possibly producing a GT3-challenging 472 horsepower from a twin-turbo 3.0-liter motor. In addition, Porsche will almost certainly implement a number of weight-saving measures to give this a more engaging drive.
But wait, there's more! Porsche RS boss Andreas Preuninger recently confirmed that a new 718 Spyder was under consideration. Best of all, it appears that this new Spyder will be just as hardcore as the Cayman it is based on. Which Cayman might that be? The spectacular GT4 RS, of course. Imagine that 4.0-liter naturally aspirated motor humming just behind your ears with no roof to insulate you? It seems that, like BMW M, Porsche RS is using its 50th-anniversary celebrations as one of the last chances to show what the sporty subdivision is capable of. Just don't tell linguists about the Carrera RS - carrera is Spanish for racing, so the Carrera RS will be the Porsche 911 Racing Racing. We'll let it slide.