Porsche GT3

Porsche GT3

  There is always one version of the factory built Porsche 911 that stands head and shoulders above the rest of its backwards engineered brethren. The 911 GT3 is the choice of seasoned racers with a high revving naturally aspirated flat six and a track tuned suspension. The GT3 offers true race car performance in a street vehicle.

Italy’s Stelvio Pass is known as one of the most dangerous, as well as the most amazing roads in the world. So when Top Gear wanted to do some testing shots with a truly unprecedented selection of performance cars currently on the market, Stelvio Pass was an obvious choice for the location.

In this group was the fastest production car ever, the Bugatti Veyron Supersport ; Ferrari’s new FF ; the McLaren MP4-12C ; Porsche’s finest ever 911, the GT3 RS 4.0 ; Jaguar’s new XKR-S ; Ariel’s mental Atom Mugen ; BMW’s new accessible thrill machine, the 1-Series M Coupe ; the Ford Mustang Boss Laguna Seca ; and the Zonda F . That list already presented a mouthful and there were still more vehicles present.

All the cars in the show were estimated at £3,718,090 - or about $5,217,907 at the current exchange rates - and delivered a combined output of 6,071bhp. So, which one do you like best?

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Porsche 911/991

The Porsche 911 has had many illustrious and iconic generations, but the newest 911/991 is about to break the record for the longest 911 generation to date. Most 911 generations were only offered for about three to six years, but the 2012 911/991 will be around for two seven-year lifecycles and kept alive by a number of variations.

The first model to grace us with its presence after the standard 911 Carrera will be the 911 Cabriolet set to be revealed at the beginning of 2012. Following that will be the four-wheel-drive versions, the Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S, in December 2012. These models will mark the end of the current 3.4-liter direct-injection engine as it will only be available in the first 18 months of production. After that, standard 911 models will get a 3.8-liter engine delivering a total of 400 HP.

After the engine switch, the next model to present itself will be the 911 Turbo which will arrive in 2013. This model will get a 520 HP 3.8-liter flat engine and will be followed by the GT3 set to arrive in the same year. The GT3 variant will be powered by a high-revving normally-aspirated flat six. A Targa and a Speedster version will also be offered, with a Hybrid variant being a strong possibility.

As previously mentioned, the 911 will be offered for 14 years in two lifecycles. It will get a facelift after seven years of production.

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During the recent Frankfurt Motor Show, Head of Porsche Motorsport, Hartmut Kristen, gave an interview in which he discussed the technology transfer from the track to the road, as well as future developments in the world of racing.

Specifically, he discussed the technology used in the 2011 911 GT3 RSR and how it was transferred to the street-legal model, the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 . The GT3 RSR is powered by a 4.0-liter, six-cylinder boxer engine mated to a six-speed gearbox. This combination delivers 455 HP at 7,800 rpm and a peak torque of 331 lbs-ft. The 911 GT3 RS 4.0 uses a 4.0 liter engine producing an incredible 500 HP and 339 lb-ft of torque.

The technology used in both models has helped the GT3 RSR win in its category at the 24-hr of Nürburgring this year, while the GT3 RS 4.0 delivers incredible performance for a car in its class.

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Porsche 911 GT3 RS

With the new Porsche 911/991 specs revealed ahead of the vehicle’s Frankfurt debut, it was only a matter of time before the full line of 911 models got their turn at the rendering desk. We’ve already covered the 911 Turbo and the 911 GT3 , so now it’s the GT3 RS’ turn.

The Porsche 911 GT3 RS should debut a short time after the 911 GT3 is revealed sometime in 2013. It will take the GT3’s 480 HP and tack on another 20 HP for a total of 500 HP. Unlike other 911 models, the GT3 RS will be offered exclusively with Porsche’s new seven-speed manual gearbox.

In addition to the added power, the 911 GT3 RS will feature some additions typical to the RS family. Expect an improved suspension to keep those tires firmly planted, better aerodynamics to reduce drag and boost performance, and an extra-large carbon-fiber rear wing serving as a reminder of its racing connections.

Before the new 911/991 graces the Frankfurt Motor Show floor,Porsche is wrapping up the current 911 series with the 2012 GT3 R racing car, a model that has been successful due to great handling and speed. The new model year takes those features even further with added horsepower and accessories.

The Porsche 911 GT3 R is powered by a four-liter, six-cylinder flat engine that delivers a total of 500 HP, an improvement of 20 HP thanks to the optimization of the intake system. The six speed sequential gearbox was then adapted to the higher maximum output and paddleshifters were installed on the steering wheel for easier and faster gear changes. The transmission electronics, featuring an automatic throttle blip control, further facilitates gear changes. The race-ABS braking system rolls over from the previous model years, as does the sophisticated ex-works traction control.

The new GT3 R is still placed between the GT3 Cup and the 911 GT3 RSR , and will be used in competitions starting next year. It will be put on sale in November 2011 at a price of 304,500 Euro, or about $434,000 at the current exchange rates. If you just so happen to own a 2010 or 2011 GT3 R, don’t fret, Porsche is giving current customers the chance to upgrade their models to the 2012 specifications for 43,100 Euro, or about $61,000.

The Porsche 911 GT3 R is always ready for a race with its four-liter six-cylinder boxer engine delivering a total of 480 HP and its six-speed sequential gearbox that transmits the power to the rear axle, but what happens when a racing team grabs hold of it? The short answer is, well, nothing really. Why would anything need to be changed when this new racer delivers 40 HP than the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup S and only weighs roughly 2,645 lbs? What can happen, though, is for racing team, MRS (Molitor Racing Systems), to restyle the Porsche and enter it into the ADAC GT Masters at Red Bull Ring on August 12-14, 2011.

With the help of "car wrapping specialist" Cam Shaft, MRS has completely wrapped the Porsche GT3 R in a matte blue foil with red and black accents to help the race car stand out above the rest. The freshened up look is still coupled with the standard GT3 R’s roll cage for added protection and its driver-focused cockpit. These items go well with the new GT3 R’s easier handling and drivability.

The Porsche GT3 R will be driven by two former MRS pilots, Norbert Siedler and Christian Engelhart, during both runs on Saturday and Sunday.

The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup - the most successful race car on earth - has been improved even further for the 2012 model year. This year’s model gets the added bonus of a 100-liter FT3 safety fuel tank which is filled via an opening in the front bonnet. This new tank will make the GT3 Cup an even stronger opponent for a number of endurance races.

The Porsche GT3 Cup is based on the lightweight 911 GT3 RS (997) street sports car and will feature the same six-cylinder engine, but will be combined with a race exhaust system with a controlled catalytic converter to keep emissions to a minimum. This setup will mean that the GT3 Cup will push out a total of 450 HP at 8,500 rpm.

The 911 will also receive light alloy rims measuring 9.5Jx18 with 25/64-18 Michelin race tires. The new wheels will be combined with blade-type anti-roll bars at the front and rear adjustable in seven positions and PCCB Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake that will reduce the car’s weight by around 44 lbs. The interior will receive a special racing steering wheel with the controls for the info display right on it.

The 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup will be delivered to teams around the world from September and will be run in this specification for the 2012 and 2013 race seasons. It is priced at 161,750 Euro or about $234,000 at the current exchange rates.

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.

In their latest episode, Fifth Gear took to the road with two rather impressive sports cars: the special edition BMW M3 GTS and the Porsche 911 GT3 RS . Vicki Butler-Henderson was behind the wheel of the M3 GTS and literally fell in love with the vehicle’s performance, as well as the fact that it had air conditioning and a stereo, two things the Porsche doesn’t have. Tiff Needell, on the other hand, favor his Porsche GT3 RS which is much cheaper than the BMW BMW . Both drivers made their arguments on the track, so you’ll have to watch the video to see which sports car reigned supreme.

But first, the stats. The BMW M3 GTS is powered by a 4.4 liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 450 HP and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds with a top speed of 189 mph. The GT3 RS is powered by a 3.8 liter six-cylinder that delivers a total of 465 HP and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds with a top speed of 193 mph.

Akrapovic is widely known for attaching their exhaust systems to some of the nicest cars on the market. Vehicles such as the Ferrari 458 Italia and the Mitsubishi Evo X have all received this treatment. Now, with its 500 HP naturally aspired engine, the 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 is one of the most impressive cars available on the market, but Akrapovic have provided what we are going to call a tuning detail to further tweak its performance.

Akrapovic actually has five different exhaust systems which will increase the engine’s output by up to 17 HP, depending on the version chosen. The first system is an Evolution exhaust system that will add 12 HP and 10 lb-ft. Then there is the Evolution Race which will add 17 HP and 16 lb-ft of torque. The Sports cup version will add 8 HP and 11 lbs-ft and the Slip-On exhaust system will add 4 HP and 2 lbs-ft. Finally, there is the Slip-On Race version that adds more horsepower and torque, although those numbers are not specified. All of these systems will include titanium link pipes with exhaust valves and a titanium end muffler.

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