Porsche promises Nurburgring-gobbling natrually aspirated performance.
Keeping the Geneva show alive and revving, Porsche has just put the spotlight on its spanking new 911 GT3 RS. With the promise of 493 horsepower to be delivered from its brand-new, naturally aspirated, 4.0-liter six cylinder engine, the 2016 model will offer 384 lb-ft of torque (15 more than before). The engine gets new cooling elements and sends its power to the rear wheels. Coupled with a seven-speed dual clutch PDK transmission, available variable locking differential and advanced torque vectoring system, the GT3 RS promises to hit 62 mph in 3.3 seconds.
Despite a long list of new parts and performance bits, the 2016 GT3 RS weighs in at just 1420 kg (10 kg below the 911 GT3). Visual changes from the GT3 include new (911 Turbo-like) side air intakes, front wings with air ducts and more pronounced front splitter. A magnesium roof and carbon fiber reinforced plastic hood and trunklid cover assist in trimming the weight off. Additional downforce is offered with a massive rear wing. Inside, looks are differentiated by a white rev counter, body-colored upholstery and three-spoke Alcantara steering wheel, in addition to some extra carbon fiber sprinkled across the dash and door panels.
With 25 hp and 60 lb-ft more than the current 911 GT3, this RS model promises to continue upping the ante even the shrinking world of n/a engines. In fact, Porsche promises outstanding benchmark performance including a Nurburgring laptime 7 minutes and 20 seconds. The 2016 GT3 RS goes on sale in a few months with a price tag of €181,690 in Germany and £131,296 in the UK.