2018 Geneva Motor Show

Porsche 911 GT3 RS Is The Happiest Little Sports Car In Geneva

Look at that cute, little face. Awe.

Porsche has given us our first in-person look at the new 2019 911 GT3 RS in Geneva—and isn't it just the cutest little car ever? It looks so happy, like it would be you bestest cuddle buddy, willing to sit through the entire 24 Hours of LeMans with you on the couch. But looks can be deceiving. The new GT3 RS has no intention of cuddling you, snowflake. It wants to hit the track, eat apexes, and turn its mighty rubber meats into tire ghost clouds. This, my friends, is the track-devil incarnate.

Just beyond its cheery, green-tinted demeanor is a monster waiting to get out. Like the Hulk, the 911 GT3 RS has a split personality. If you make it angry, it's likely to take up larger and larger portions of your rearview mirror until it fills a good section of your windshield before vanishing around the next bend. Porsche claims the new-generation RS is the most powerful, naturally aspirated, road-legal 911 ever, but saying it's happy plodding around on public roads doing the weekly shop would be a stretch. Instead, caretakers of the GT3 RS are encouraged—no, expected—to give it a decent helping of competition to keep it happy.

Beneath its massive fixed wing lurks a 4.0-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder that roars to a 9,000 rpm redline, generating at its peak 520 horsepower—20 more than the 2016 911 GT3 RS and current 911 GT3. That makes the new GT3 RS good for a 3-second sprint to 60 onto a top track speed of 193 mph. There's no manual transmission or all-wheel drive here. Instead, the GT3 RS sends power to the rear wheels with a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic. Regardless of the true nature of this green mean machine, it's still kinda cute. Don't you just want to give it a hug? You can find out more detail on the new track-focused Porsche by checking out our 911 GT3 RS First Look.

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