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Porsche 911 GT3 RS Sheds Extra Weight With Weissach Package

2018 New York Auto Show / Comments

Combining the Weissach Package with optional magnesium wheels drop the weight down to 3,153 pounds.

At this year's Geneva Motor Show, Porsche presented the 2018 GT3 RS as the most powerful naturally aspirated 911 ever. Packing a 4.0-liter engine producing 520 horsepower, it's the ultimate swansong for the current 991.2 generation, and could be the last naturally aspirated GT3 RS. If that isn't hardcore enough for you, Porsche also offers the optional Weissach Package to shed some extra weight off the sports car. At the New York Auto Show, Porsche has revealed more details about the new lightweight version of the GT3 RS.

The Weissach Package replaces the car's standard magnesium roof with a carbon fiber version, which Porsche says saves 1.1 pounds over the regular GT3 RS and nearly three pounds over the standard 911's aluminium panel. Carbon fiber is also used for the stabilizer bars and suspension coupling rods, shedding another 11.9 pounds. As standard carbon fiber hood and carbon fiber rear wing are painted the same as the body color, but feature visible carbon with the Weissach Package. Inside the cabin, Carbon fiber shift paddles on the steering wheel as well as carbon fiber steering wheel trim save around 0.5 pounds.

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Lightweight carpeting also shed another 0.5 pounds. Further distinguishing the model is a Weissach Package logo on the embroidery of the seat headrests and above the glove compartment. Additionally, Porsche also offers a set of magnesium wheels, which shed an additional 25 pounds. Equipping the Weissach Package and magnesium wheels brings the total kerb weight down to just 3,153 pounds, though Porsche has detailed any performance advantages. Unsurprisingly, these upgrades don't come cheap. The Weissach Package costs $18,000 alone, while the magnesium wheels cost another $13,000. That means buying a fully equipped 911 GT3 RS will set you back $266,240.

The Weissach Package costs $18,000 alone, while the magnesium wheels cost another $13,000. In total, buying a fully equipped Porsche 911 GT3 RS with all the trimmings will set you back a whopping $266,240.