If this is the swansong for the 991 generation, we’re not complaining.
Porsche has been struggling to keep the 2019 GT3 RS a secret thanks to multiple leaks, but now it’s official. Unsurprisingly, the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS is the most powerful naturally aspirated, and most track-capable 911 yet. It's also likely to be the swansong to the current 991 generation before the new 992 model arrives next year, and could be the last naturally aspirated 911 GT3 ever. We couldn’t think of a better send off. Based on the GT3, the new GT3 RS packs 20 more horsepower than the previous model.
In total, its flat-six, naturally aspirated 4.0-liter engine produces 520 horsepower and revs up to 9,000 rpm. Paired with a specially calibrated seven-speed PDK transmission, 0-62 mph takes 3.2 seconds before the GT3 RS hits a top speed of 193 mph. There’s no manual option though, sadly, because Porsche believes this setup is more suitable for chasing lap times. The new GT3 RS benefits from aerodynamic tweaks including a racing-style rigid rear wing to save extra weight. Porsche isn’t saying how much lighter the car is just yet, however. Inside, the racing look continues with carbon fiber bucket seats, lightweight door panels, reduced sound absorption, and a new lightweight rear lid.
Motorsport-derived technology “ensures that the chassis offers exceptional driving dynamics”. Ball joints on all arms “provide even greater precision than conventional elastokinematic bearings”, while 20-inch lightweight wheels with newly developed 265/35 sports tires on the front axle enhance the car’s agility and steering. Traction is also improved thanks to 21-inch wheels with 325/30 tires at the rear axle. For those who want a track-ready 911 GT3 RS, Porsche offers the Clubsport package no extra cost, which adds a roll-over bar, a manual fire extinguisher, preparation for a battery disconnect switch and a six-point belt.
Alternatively, the optional Weissach package adds additional carbon components for the chassis, interior and exterior, as well as optional magnesium wheels. With this package installed, the 911 GT3 RS tips the scales at just 1,430 kg in its lightest configuration. Porsche says the 911 GT3 RS is available to order now, with sales starting in Germany this April. Prices start at €195,137 ($240,658).