It wasn’t that long ago when the first rumors for a more powerful Porsche 911 GT3 RS version began and now we have the official specifications for that model that map out a more powerful engine (duh) and improved aerodynamics. The vehicle will debut in July 2011 and prices will start at 178,596 euro including 19 per cent value added tax and country-specific equipment, or about $261,964 at the current exchange rates. Only 600 units will be made.
Details were so sketchy at first that we didn’t know if Porsche was for real, or just playing a really sick joke. Thankfully, this is as real as it gets with the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 utilizing a 4.0 liter engine producing an incredible 500 HP and 339 lb-ft of torque. This engine will be mated to a six-speed sports transmission optimized for low weight and high efficiency.
Weight is always an issue when wanting to make fast cars go faster, so Porsche made sure that was addressed with the GT3 RS 4.0. Many changes were made to the interior of the vehicle to drop weight, including the deletion of the air conditioning system and the addition of carbon fiber.
UPDATE 07/13/2011: Rennlist Forums has posted new images of the GT3 RS 4.0. Some were taken at the Porsche museum and some at the Nurburgring race track, but all reveal a beautiful black and white GT3 RS! Check out the gallery to see them all!
UPDATE 07/25/2011: Philip Raby from Total 911 Magazine got the chance to spend a couple of hours with the 911 GT3 RS 4.0. See what he thought of the more powerful Porsche after the jump!
UPDATE 07/27/2011: On the evening before the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed, a special preview evening was held to unveil the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 to UK customers. The car was introduced by Andreas Preuninger, Head of GT Cars. Check out the video to see what an unveiling of the most hard core street legal 911 looks like.
UPDATE 05/11/2012: Porsche has unveiled a very cool video featuring Patrick Long behind the wheel of the 911 GT3 RS 4.0. The three-time ALMS GT2 Driver’s Champion and Le Mans winner is Porsche’s only American Factory Driver. When at the Porsche Sport Driving School at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama, Patrick took the opportunity to help fellow Porsche driver Hurley Haywood with one of his morning routines: Fetching a cup of coffee as fast as possible. Enjoy!
More details on the Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 after the jump.