Porsche promises Nurburgring-gobbling natrually aspirated performance.
Keepingthe Geneva show alive and revving, Porsche has just put the spotlight on itsspanking new 911 GT3 RS. With the promise of 493 horsepower to be deliveredfrom its brand-new, naturally aspirated, 4.0-liter six cylinder engine, the2016 model will offer 384 lb-ft of torque (15 more than before). The enginegets new cooling elements and sends its power to the rear wheels. Coupled with aseven-speed dual clutch PDK transmission, available variable lockingdifferential and advanced torque vectoring system, the GT3 RS promises to hit62 mph in 3.3 seconds.
Despitea long list of new parts and performance bits, the 2016 GT3 RS weighs in atjust 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 ductsand more pronounced front splitter. A magnesium roof and carbon fiberreinforced plastic hood and trunklid cover assist in trimming the weight off.Additional downforce is offered with a massive rear wing. Inside, looks aredifferentiated by a white rev counter, body-colored upholstery and three-spokeAlcantara steering wheel, in addition to some extra carbon fiber sprinkledacross the dash and door panels.
With25 hp and 60 lb-ft more than the current 911 GT3, this RS model promises tocontinue upping the ante even the shrinking world of n/a engines. In fact, Porschepromises outstanding benchmark performance including a Nurburgring laptime 7minutes and 20 seconds. The 2016 GT3 RS goes on sale in a few months with aprice tag of €181,690 in Germany and £131,296 in the UK.