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The new 911 GT3 RS gets even closer to the razor sharp focus of its racing counterparts with extreme aero appendages.

18 Aug 2022 | International News : Germany

Porsche has launched the much anticipated 2023 911 GT3 RS in a white and red racing accented colourway which harks back to the 997 generation GT3 RS. As with all Porsches which possess the fabled RS badging, the car aims to add that extra sprinkling of spice to up the ante of the track demolishing GT3.

As you may be able to tell from the pictures, Porsche has created a GT3 RS that looks much more focused than its predecessors. For starters, a central radiator is present, providing a significant performance boost. This is an evolution of the previous three radiator layout seen in previous cars.

What do you think of the looks? Love it or hate it the new GT3 RS is guaranteed to be a superb performer on track
The new 911 GT3 RS relies on a large, angled centre radiator in the car's nose, positioned where the luggage compartment is located on other 911 models. This has made it possible to use the space freed up on the sides to integrate active aerodynamic elements.

Time for some numbers. Continuously adjustable wing elements in the front and on the two-part rear wing coupled with other aerodynamic measures, provide more than 408kg of downforce at approximately 200km/h. This is twice that of the 991.2 generation predecessor and three times as much as the outgoing 911 GT3. At 285km/h, the total downforce produced is 860kg which is equivalent to that of a Porsche 356A.

For the first time in a production Porsche, a Drag Reduction System (DRS) has been fitted. This helps to achieve low drag and higher speeds on straight sections of the track, with DRS allowing the wings to be flattened out at the push of a button within a specific operating range.

In the land of the GT3 RS, downforce is king, with the car producing an earth shattering 860kg at 285km/h
The new 911 GT3 RS also has many functional aerodynamic elements. The most prominent feature of the GT car is the swan neck supported rear wing which is significantly larger in all dimensions than the wing of its predecessor. The rear wing consists of a fixed main wing and a hydraulically adjustable upper blade.

Being a corner carver, suspension is clearly an integral part of the new 911 GT3 RS. The car possesses track suspension that can be adjusted from inside the car. It has even been modified for improved aerodynamics. Because the wheel arches of the new 911 GT3 RS are subject to powerful airflows, the components of the double wishbone front axle are designed with teardrop shaped profiles.

The screaming, high revving 4.0-litre six-cylinder boxer engine that the motorsport inspired Porsches of yore makes a return here. The engine has been further optimised compared to that in the 911 GT3. This is thanks to new camshafts with modified cam profiles.

Six-piston aluminium monobloc brakes and new ultra high performance tyres will make the car grip and brake harder than ever before
The seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox also has a shorter overall gear ratio than the 911 GT3 and is aided by air intakes on the underbody to ensure that the transmission can withstand even extreme loads during frequent use on track.

Porsche's newest track star will do zero to 100km/h in just 3.1 seconds and will charge on to a top speed of 296km/h. Six-piston aluminium monobloc fixed caliper brakes and brake discs with a diameter of 408mm are used on the front axle. Compared with the 911 GT3, the piston diameters have been increased from 30mm to 32mm.

The new 911 GT3 RS also comes standard with forged, light alloy centre locking wheels. Street legal ultra high performance tyres measuring 275/35 R 20 at the front and 335/30 R21 at the rear provide a high level of mechanical grip.

Red door pulls and lashings of carbon fibre in the interior highlight the GT3 RS's racing genetics
In keeping with Porsche RS tradition, this 911 GT3 RS will also be a featherweight, weighing in at just 1,482kg thanks to an extensive use of carbon fibre reinforced plastic for the doors, front quarter panels, roof and hood.

Customers who want to take track days seriously with their new 911 GT3 RS can option the Weissach package. The package, which is available at extra cost, adds visible carbon fibre to the hood, roof, parts of the rear wing and the upper portion of the side mirrors housings.

The front and rear anti-roll bars, rear coupling rods and the shear panel on the rear axle are made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic and contribute to a further enhancement of the driving dynamics. Another highlight of the Weissach package is the shift paddles, which will come with motorsport derived magnet technology.

The Porsche GT3 RS will only be available with a seven-speed automatic transmission
This feature from the world of motorsports makes gear changes feel especially precise thanks to a pressure point and a clearly perceptible click. Forged magnesium wheels are included in the Weissach package and save eight kilograms of unspring weight compared to the standard wheels.

If you are a discerning individuals with taste for a truely special Porsche, it is probably best if you head down to the Porsche showroom sooner than later as RS products are notorious for having extremely limited build slots.

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