There is always one version of the factory built Porsche 911 that stands head and shoulders above the rest of its backwards engineered brethren. There are some fans of the Stuttgart based sports car manufacturer that prefer the acceleration and grip of a Porsche 911 Turbo which can make any driver look like Sir Walter Rohl; or the wild power of the rear wheel drive only GT2 . However you will see seasoned racers behind the wheel of a high revving naturally aspirated Carrera wearing a very racy GT3 badge. This last version of the 911 offers true racetrack performance in a street car and it just got a much beefier RS iteration. In fact the new GT3 RS will take over homologation duties from the slightly lesser car. That is because Porsche has bumped up the displacement resulting in an extra 15 HP, the flat six now makes a Honda poking 118 HP per liter. If there is a reason why you don’t see turbo 911s in competition, this is it, and it can be yours starting at $133,750. That is before you look at the extensive list of options.
Porsche engineers have also adapted the Porsche Active Stability Management to work with the track day special RS and widened the car’s track underneath both in front and in back. The GT3 RS wears a set of 245 tires up front and 325 series (12 inches) tires in the back to get the 450 HP to the pavement, both are wrapped around a set of color matching 19 inch wheels. The RS is exclusively shifted via a six speed manual, in this case the gears have been shortened to work with the broader power curve to produce incredible acceleration.
The RS also features a set of high tech dynamic engine mounts that depending on driving conditions, change their stiffness enhancing the link between the engine and chassis under extreme circumstances. Even the battery has become a 21st century item. Replacing the standard unit with a lightweight lithium ion unit that sheds around 22 lbs from the 911’s curb weight. Speaking of lightweight materials, no high performance machine would be complete without a little of the black wavy stuff and the RS is no different. The rather large rear wing is made of carbon fiber while the uprights are made out of strengthened aluminum and the exhaust is made from exotic titanium.
UPDATE 10/13/2010: Congratulations to the 911 GT3 RS for getting voted Britain’s best drivers’ car for 2010 by AutoCar!
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Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is sending the new 911 GT3 RS to the starting line: Delivering even more engine power, offering lower weight, and featuring shorter transmission ratios as well as body and suspension elements upgraded to an even higher standard, the new 911 GT3 RS sets the foundation for homologating the racing version of the 911 GT3 and therefore offers everything it takes for ongoing success on the race track, continuing the series of absolutely uncompromising, sporting 911s homologated for the road.
The heart of the new 911 GT3 RS, the power unit, is based on the engine already featured in the 911 GT3. Like the latter, the RS power unit now displaces 3.8 instead of 3.6 litres, delivering even more power and revving up even faster and more dynamically.
The engine featured in the new 911 GT3 RS delivers 15 bhp more than its counterpart in the 911 GT3, that is maximum output of 450 horsepower from the fast-revving naturally-aspirated power unit. This means specific output of more than 118 bhp per litre from the six-cylinder, an extremely high figure for natural-aspiration technology even in the strictest worldwide comparison. And unlike many other high-performance engines, the power unit in the new 911 GT3 RS remains fully suitable for everyday use.
The new 911 GT3 RS comes exclusively with a six-speed manual gearbox optimised for short gearshift travel, low weight and high efficiency. To enhance the level of performance throughout the entire range of engine and road speed, the gears come with a shorter transmission ratio than on the 911 GT3, deliberately making concessions in terms of even higher top speed.
To further improve its sporting behaviour, the new 911 GT3 RS comes for the first time with a purpose-built and specially set up PASM suspension, with wider track not only at the rear, but also on the front axle. Accordingly, the body of the new 911 GT3 RS is wider not only at the rear, but also at the front through the use of additional wheel arch covers.
The front axle comes with nine-inch-wide wheels running on 245/35 ZR 19 sports tyres, the rear axle features twelve-inch-wide wheels incorporating 325/30 ZR 19 sports tyres.
The dynamic engine mounts featured as standard also serve to improve the car’s driving dynamics to an even higher level. Depending on driving conditions, the mounts change in their stiffness and damping effect, improving the connection between the engine and the body when driving under very dynamic conditions.
As yet a further point the car’s aerodynamics develop even more downforce than on the GT3, again benefiting the qualities of the car on the race track. Racing qualities are also why Porsche is introducing another new option in 2010, a lithium-ion battery delivered with the car and, replacing the conventional lead battery, reducing weight by more than 10 kg or 22 lb.
The new 911 GT3 RS shows its close connection to motorsport also through the dynamic looks of the car borne out in particular by its low ride height, the new, extra-large carbon-fibre rear wing with its specifically designed wing supports made of aluminium, the characteristic dual tailpipes on the extra-light titanium sports exhaust, as well as special front and rear parts exclusive to this model.
Sales of the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS are starting in Germany in January 2010. The Euro base-price is Euro 122,400.- without value-added tax and national specifications.
Powering the 911 GT3 models is a liquid-cooled six-cylinder Boxer engine with four-valve technology and enhanced VarioCam variable valve timing. The vehicle’s high-performance concept produces an impressive maximum engine speed of 8,500 rpm. In the 911 GT3, the engine generates 435 hp from a total displacement of 3,797 cubic inches, corresponding to an output of 114 hp per liter. The maximum torque is 317 lb.-ft. at 6,250 rpm. The 911 GT3 accelerates to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds with a top track speed of 194 mph.
3.8 liter engine, 450 hp, 317 lb.-ft. at 6,750 rpm
The 3.8 liter engine in the new 911 GT3 RS delivers even more power: 450 hp. The output is 118 hp per liter. This increase is due to the two new double-flow air filter housings and the new variable intake manifold with larger intake tubes than those used on the 911 GT3. The greater throughput of air increases engine power. In terms of performance data, the maximum torque of 317 lb.-ft. is reached at 6,750 rpm.
Pressing the SPORT button, standard in both models, temporarily increases low-end torque up to 35 lb.-ft. in the middle engine speed range.
The new 911 GT3 RS passes 60 mph mark in 3.8 seconds. Short ratios increase the acceleration potential in all six gears. Consistent aerodynamics, designed for downforce, allow high cornering speeds and excellent driving stability and performance. However, the top track speed is still an impressive 193 mph. The 911 GT3’s weight to power ratio is 7.1 lb per hp. In the new 911 GT3 RS it is 6.7 lb per hp.
In conclusion: increased power and performance – but with fuel consumption comparable to that of their predecessors. In addition, both engines meet the stringent requirements of the LEV II emissions standard.
A consistent supply of oil to the engines, even at times of high lateral acceleration, is ensured by a dry sump lubrication system with an external engine oil reservoir. The oil is cooled by an oil-liquid heat exchanger. Both of these systems have proven themselves on the racetrack.
Extremely lightweight titanium connecting rods and lighter pistons reduce oscillating masses, thus ensuring dynamic engine speed development. The inlet and exhaust valves are actuated by especially lightweight tappets and hydraulic valve clearance adjustment.
This enables a maximum engine speed of 8,500 rpm which, together with the short sporty gear ratios, provides plenty of performance.
top speed of 193 mph; 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds
Added to this is a variable intake manifold with two resonance valves which work together with the sport exhaust system to ensure efficient cylinder charging and high throughput rates. The large volume of the exhaust system supplements the low-resistance intake manifold to improve cylinder charging and increase performance.
In brief, it is all about performance – including driver performance. We have simply provided the right conditions for it.
Sport exhaust system
The lightweight sport exhaust system in the 911 GT3 models consists of two front silencers, two catalytic converters and one rear silencer. The exhaust on the 911 GT3 is painted black, whereas on the 911 GT3 RS it is made from titanium. The system’s large volume reduces exhaust back pressure to increase power.
Each of the two banks of cylinders has its own separate exhaust tract. The position and design of the catalytic converters enable rapid warm-up to ensure effective emissions control. Thanks to its advanced exhaust technology, both 911 GT3 models meet the strict emissions standard of LEV II in the USA.
An oxygen sensor system monitors the composition of the exhaust gas individually for each bank of cylinders. An additional oxygen sensor in each exhaust section monitors the conversion of pollutants in each catalytic converter.
What that means for you is more power – but not at the expense of the environment.
We have certainly kept to that rule, as the six-speed manual gearbox in the 911 GT3 models has been designed especially for the high demands of motorsport. This lightweight gearbox is highly efficient and the gear-lever throw is short and precise, enabling fast and accurate gearshifts. In conjunction with the friction-optimized cable pull shift, the gearbox provides an extremely high level of precision and capacity. Unlike the 911 GT3, which has a dualmass flywheel, the new 911 GT3 RS uses a single-mass flywheel. It is lighter and therefore increases engine dynamics. The engine turns even more easily in its upper speed ranges – with a somewhat higher noise level.
The gear ratios are perfectly matched to the two 3.8-liter engines. In the new 911 GT3 RS the ratio of gears 1 to 5 is about 13% shorter than in the 911 GT3, for an even more dynamic power development. Top track speed is reached in 6th gear.
Robust steel heat-resistant baulk rings on gears three to five enable a precise gearshift action even under extreme loads. Cooling is provided by an additional oil-towater heat exchanger and spray lubrication. Both of these features are essential for durability in endurance racing conditions.
The lock factors of the locking rear differentials that are standard for both models – 28% when cornering under power and 40% when cornering on the overrun – are optimally matched to the engines’ power and torque characteristics. For better acceleration and handling when exiting a corner.
Adding to driving dynamics: the dynamic engine mount system is available as an option in the 911 GT3 and is standard in the 911 GT3 RS. This electronically controlled system minimizes noticeable oscillations and vibrations in the whole drive system, particularly the engine.
The engines in the 911 GT3 models are bolted to the body using two mounts. According to Newton’s law of inertia, a body will continue to move in a uniform straight line unless it is made to change its direction by a force acting upon it. Put more simply: when you are driving into a turn, the vehicle will follow your steering but, at first, the mass of the engine won’t. This means that the rear of the vehicle is pushed outwards after a time lag because of the inert forces from the engine’s mass acting on it.
The dynamic engine mount system minimizes this effect. The steering angle, longitudinal and lateral acceleration values are constantly recorded by sensors and the stiffness of the two engine mounts is changed automatically according to the driving style. This is achieved using a magnetizable (magnetorheological) fluid and an electrically generated magnetic field. The magnetizable particles align with each other and the fluid’s viscosity changes. This alters the stiffness and absorption of the engine mounts: softer for greater comfort and less vibration when driving normally, harder for a more direct driving feel when driving more sportily. Similar characteristics to those of the 911 GT3 race cars where the engine is bolted directly to the body.
The dynamic engine mount system also reduces the vertical oscillations of the engine when accelerating under full load. The result: greater and more uniform We’ve always considered the laws of physics a challenge. Thankfully our engineers haven’t. The new dynamic engine mount system. force on the rear axle, increased traction and better acceleration.
In everyday driving and on the racetrack, this means more stability in most driving situations.
The 911 GT3 models run on onepiece 19-inch GT3 wheels. They are painted titanium-color on the 911 GT3 and a contrasting color on the new 911 GT3 RS. Taken directly from motorsport is the central locking device with ‘GT3’ or ‘RS’ logo. The advantages over a conventional five-hole screwed fitting include better driving dynamics and performance thanks to fewer rotating masses and, of course, faster wheel changes. A huge advantage – especially when racing.
The wheel dimensions on the 911 GT3 are 8.5 J x 19 with 235/35 ZR 19 tires (front) and 12 J x 19 with 305/30 ZR 19 tires (rear). Those on the new 911 GT3 RS are even more impressive: 9 J x 19 with 245/35 ZR 19 tires (front) and 12 J x 19 with 325/30 ZR 19 tires (rear). Road-legal sport tires provide the necessary grip for the 911 GT3 models, although the lower tread profile presents a greater risk of hydroplaning on wet roads.
The latest Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) is provided as standard. Through the display on the on-board computer, the system gives a warning before the tire pressure becomes too low in the case of either slow or very sudden loss of pressure.
Porsche Stability Magangement (PSM)
To contribute towards safety and driving stability within the dynamic range, the 911 GT3 and new 911 GT3 RS are fitted for the first time with Porsche Stability Management (PSM). In addition to the anti-lock braking system (ABS), it includes two automatic control systems: Stability Control (SC) and Traction Control (TC).
Stability Control (SC) stabilizes the lateral dynamics using sensors which constantly monitor the vehicle’s speed, yaw velocity and lateral acceleration. From this information it is possible to calculate the actual direction of travel. If the vehicle deviates from its course, Stability Control (SC) might initiate selective braking on individual wheels to stabilize the vehicle within the limits of its driving dynamics.
Traction Control (TC), with its integrated automatic brake differential (ABD), anti-slip regulation (ASR) and engine drag-torque control (EDC), regulates the longitudinal dynamics of the car. This sportsoriented traction control improves handling when accelerating on different road surfaces. It also prevents the rear of the car from oversteering if a wheel loses traction under full power. However, the intervention threshold is relatively high, which means that it is rarely employed in normal dry conditions.
A unique feature of PSM on the 911 GT3 models is that the control interventions of both systems are delayed and can be disabled completely in two stages. This enables greater driver involvement, for example, when on the racetrack. Stage 1 disables the Stability Control (SC) via the ‘SC OFF’ switch in the center console. In ‘SC OFF’ mode, the system does not intervene if the car goes offcourse in the lateral direction. In addition to specific steering movements, the vehicle can now also be controlled with the throttle to drive very dynamically around curves. Traction Control (TC) is still active in this mode.
Stage 2 disables Traction Control as well via the separate ‘SC+TC OFF’ switch. In this mode both lateral dynamic control and the traction control functions are deactivated. The driver now has full command of the vehicle.
In both stage 1 (SC OFF) and stage 2 (SC + TC OFF), the lateral dynamic control is not reactivated again even when there is hard braking within the ABS range. This strategy enables motorsport derived dynamics for personalized performance on the racetrack. Compared to the 911 GT3, the PSM in the new 911 GT3 RS is set for even higher performance.
The anti-lock braking system integrated in PSM (ABS 8.0) remains active in all of these settings. ABS ensures that the braking distance is as short as possible for greater safety.
Porsche Active Suspension Management
Both 911 GT3 models have Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), an electronic damper adjustment system, fitted as standard. PASM actively and continuously controls the individual damping forces for each wheel according to current road conditions and driving style. Both models are also 1.2 inches lower than the standard 911 Carrera.
At the press of a button, the driver can choose between two setup modes. ‘Normal’ mode is designed for sporty driving on general roads and on the racetrack in wet conditions. ‘Sport’ mode is especially for maximum lateral acceleration and the best possible traction on the racetrack.
Depending on which mode is set, and the road conditions detected, the system automatically selects the best damper application within the two setup ranges.
A range of sensors monitor the movement of the body during acceleration and braking or on uneven surfaces. The PASM control unit then specifically adjusts the damping force, depending which mode is selected. Pitch and roll are reduced and the road contact of each individual wheel is optimized.
In ‘Sport’ mode the suspension is automatically set to a harder rating specially designed for use on the racetrack. The system will detect any unevenness on the surface and then, to improve road contact, it switches within a few milliseconds to a softer rating within the sport or stiff set-up range. When the track surface becomes smooth again, PASM returns to the original harder rating.
In ‘Normal’ mode, if the driving style becomes more dynamic, the system automatically switches to a sports-oriented rating within the normal set-up range. The suspension becomes stiffer so that driving stability and safety are increased.
Fitted as standard on the 911 GT3 models are Bi-Xenon™ headlights with dynamic range control. These are approximately twice as bright as conventional halogen lights. With low or high beam, the lights are stronger and more uniform, helping to minimize driver fatigue. A headlight cleaning system is built in.
For occasional use on the racetrack, lightweight halogen headlights without integrated cleaning or range control are available as a no-cost option.
The front light units incorporate the direction indicators, the LED daytime running lights and position lights, which provide outstanding visibility and create an imposing look.
LEDs are also used for the rear direction indicators, taillights and brake lights, the additional brake light in the rear lid and the rear fog lights. These provide better illumination and respond more quickly to driver input so that following traffic is alerted earlier. They are energy efficient, eco-friendly and have a longer service life than conventional bulbs – as well as an unmistakable design, day or night.
Dynamic cornering lights
Available as an option, dynamic cornering lights provide particularly effective illumination of the road. Sensors permanently monitor the speed, lateral acceleration and steering angle and, from these variables, calculate the course of the curve.
This determines the angle of the dynamic cornering lights, with low beams able to swivel outwards up to 15 degrees. So the course of the road and obstacles can be identified much sooner, particularly during corners.
Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB)
Optional for the 911 GT3 and the new 911 GT3 RS is brake technology that has already had to withstand the harshest requirements of motorsport: the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB).
To enhance braking performance, the ceramic composite brake discs in PCCB have a diameter of 15 inches at the front and 13.8 inches at the back. They are made from a specially treated carbon-fiber compound that is silicated in a high-vacuum process at around 3,092 °F. The resulting brake discs are much harder and more resistant to heat than standard discs.
PCCB is characterized by its low thermal expansion which prevents deformation under heavy braking. Furthermore, the ceramic brake discs are totally resistant to corrosion and offer better noisedamping properties.
The use of six-piston aluminum monobloc brake calipers at the front and four-piston units at the rear helps to ensure extremely high brake forces which, crucially, are exceptionally consistent. The pedal response is fast and precise with only moderate input required.
All the prerequisites are there for a short braking distance, even in the toughest conditions. Moreover, safety when braking from high speeds is increased thanks to excellent fade resistance of the PCCB.
The key advantage of PCCB is the extremely low weight of the brake discs which are about 50 % lighter than standard discs of similar design and size. In addition, the monobloc calipers for the 911 GT3 models on the front and rear axle are made from aluminum, saving around 10.5 lb per vehicle compared to standard calipers. These factors not only have an impact on performance and fuel consumption, but also reduce unsprung and rotating masses.
The result: better road-holding and increased comfort, especially on uneven roads, as well as greater agility and even better handling.
Please note that circuit racing or other forms of performance driving can significantly reduce the service life of even the most durable brake pads and discs. As with conventional highperformance braking systems, we recommend that all brake components be professionally inspected and replaced where necessary after every track event.
Porsche brakes are renowned for their high level of efficiency. They set the benchmark for deceleration and stability and are designed for extreme conditions.
The new 911 GT3 RS and the 911 GT3 have a particularly powerful yet lightweight braking system with a specially adapted booster. The red-painted six-piston aluminum monobloc calipers on the front axle and the four-piston units at the rear provide a high level of rigidity and a consistent bite point, even under heavy braking.
The composite brake discs are large, with a diameter of 15 inches at the front and 13.8 inches at the back. Thanks to their two-piece design with newly developed standard brake discs and aluminum monobloc calipers, the weight is reduced and therefore the unsprung and rotating masses are also reduced.
They are cross-drilled and internally vented for optimum performance in the wet.
Brake spoiler elements on the front axle, plus the new brake ducts on the rear ensure that the braking system is effectively ventilated.
Also designed for high performance is the four-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS 8.0) which is fast and precise, helping to ensure consistent deceleration and excellent overall brake performance.
Both full-size airbags inflate in two stages, depending on the severity of the impact. In a lowspeed collision, the airbag is only partially inflated, thereby reducing occupant discomfort.
Porsche Side Impact Protection System (POSIP)
POSIP comes as standard and consists of side impact protection beams in each of the doors and side head airbags for each front seat. In addition, thorax airbags are located in the sides of the sport seats and head airbags in the door panels. With a volume of around eight liters each, these provide a high level of protection in side impacts. Additional safety features are the headrests integrated in the backrest, a safety steering column, three-point seat belts with height adjustment, seat belt pretensioners and force limiters and energy-absorbing elements in the dashboard.
- Engine layout - Rear Engine
- Cylinders - 6
- Displacement - 3.8 l
- Horsepower - 450 hp @ 7,900 rpm
- Torque - 317 lb.-ft.
- Compression ratio - 12.2 : 1
- Charge cycle - variable intake system with 2 switchable tuning flaps
- Top Track Speed - 193 mph
- 0-60 mph - 3.8 secs
- 3.8 liter flat 6 cylinder engine with VarioCam Plus
- Motronic electronic accelerator pedal with solid-state distribution
- Limited-slip differential
- Shell hot-dip galvanized on both sides
- Aluminum block and cylinder heads
- 4-Valve system
- VarioCam Plus (Variable valve timing and lift)
- Hydraulic valve adjustment
- Integrated dry-sump lubrication with external oil reservoir
- Electronic engine management (Motronic ME 7.8.2)
- Hot-film air mass sensor
- Sequential multipoint fuel injection
- Cylinder-specific knock control
- Variable-geometry intake manifold with two resonance valves
- Sports exhaust (with two centrally positioned tailpipes)
- Front Suspension: McPherson-strut front suspension with 12 mm enlarged track and anti-roll bar at front.
- Rear Suspension: LSA multi-link rear suspension with 30 mm enlarged track and anti-roll bar at rear
- Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) with sports setup and ride height lowered by 30 mm compared with 911 Carrera
- 9J x 19 GT3 alloy wheels, contrasting color with central locking and 245/35 ZR 19 sport tires (front)
- 12J x 19 GT3 alloy wheels, contrasting color with central locking and 325/30 ZR 19 sport tires (rear)
- 6-piston monobloc aluminum fixed caliper brakes at front, 4-piston monobloc aluminum fixed caliper brakes at rear
- Brake disc diameter of 14.96 in. (380 mm) front and 13.78 in. (350 mm) rear, brake discs internally vented and cross-drilled
- Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB)
- Anti-lock braking system (Bosch ABS 8.0)
- Porsche Stability Management (PSM) with sports setup and featuring ABS, ASR, ABD and MSR
- Full-size airbags for driver and passenger
- Porsche Side Impact Protection (POSIP) for driver and front passenger
- 3-point inertia-reel seat belts, front with buckle on seat
- Engine immobilizer, two-stage locking, alarm system with radar-based interior surveillance
- Bi-Xenon lighting system with dynamic headlight levelling and headlight cleaning system
- Separate auxiliary lights in the front end with indicators and LED daytime running lights and position lights
- Dynamic Cornering Lights
- LED rear lights and third brake light
- 2-seat Coupe with flared body, front 26 mm (wheelhouse enlargement) and rear 44 mm (vehicle body enlargement)
- Rear apron with additional air extractor
- Rear opening hood (plastic material) with ram-pressure collector, wing support in forged aluminum, fix carbon rear wing and sideplates
- Aluminum front lid
- Doors in aluminum
- Plastic rear window
- Lightweight battery
- Lightweight Lithium-Ion Battery
- Lightweight Headlights
- Length - 176.81 in.
- Width (without mirrors) - 72.91 in.
- Height - 50.39 in.
- Wheelbase - 92.72 in.
- Drag coefficient (Cd) - 0.33
- Cargo Area Volume - 3.7 cu.-ft
- Fuel Tank Capacity - 17.7 gal (67 l)
- Electric window lifts with one-touch operation and door-seal protection
- Electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors with double-arm attachment
- Welcome Home lighting
- Integrated interior lighting concept (white) with step less dimming
- Interior orientation lighting
- Preparation for ISOFIX child-seat mounting with airbag deactivation on front passengers seat (in conjunction with sport seats and adaptive sport seats)
- Sport bucket seats made of fiberglass reinforced plastics (FGRP) and carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP), surface with visible carbon, fire-retardant coating material, folding backrest and headrests with integrated RS 3.8 logo in red, thorax-airbag
- 3-Spoke GT3 steering wheel with steering wheel rim in Alcantara including yellow 12 o’clock mark and leather-covered airbag module, manual height and reach adjustment
Porsche GT3 RS - $133,750 including destination charges
|Dynamic Cornering Lights||Headlights adjust dynamically based upon speed and turn angle.||$690|
|Lightweight Lithium-Ion Battery||Reduces weight from standard battery by over 22 pounds. Note: The functionality of this battery is limited at temperatures below 32 degrees F. This option is not recommended for vehicles that may be driven at temeperatures below freezing. Available beginning approximately 01/2010||$1,700|
|Exterior Mirror Attachment Point Finishers Painted Exterior Color||$500|
|Headlight Cleaner cover in Exterior Color||$295|
|Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB)||Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) system. Carbon-fiber reinforced ceramic brake discs, internally ventilated and perforated, with yellow painted brake calipers.||$8,840|
|Front Axle Lifting System||Front of chassis can be raised pneumatically by approximately 30 mm to increase ground clearance at speeds of up to approximately 31 mph. Note: When the vehicle is parked, the lift system should be placed in it’s lowered position as the air pressure is only maintained for a certain period of time.||$3,490|
|Instrument dials in Guards Red||Paint finish in Guards Red.||$860|
|Instrument dials in Carrara White||Paint finish in Carrara White.||$860|
|Footrest in Aluminum||Driver’s side foot rest in aluminum and rubber||$250|
|Floor Mats in Interior Color||$90|
|Air Vent Slats Painted in Exterior Color||Paint finish in exterior color on side air vent slats and central air vent slats. Smooth leather finish in interior color on side air vents, central air vent including switch trim||$1010|
|Seat Belts in Silver||$340|
|Rear Center Console in Exterior Color||Paint finish in exterior color on rear section of center console, including ashtray cover and storage tray rear on section of center console. Leather finish in interior color on handbrake lever recess trim||$730|
|Outer Door-sill Guards in Stainless Steel, Illuminated||Outer door-sill guards in stainless steel with GT3 logo, illuminated in white||$845|
|Rear Section of Center Console Painted in Deviating Color||Paint finish in exterior color on rear section of center console including ashtray cover and storage tray in rear section of center console. Smooth leather finish in interior color on handbrake lever recess trim. Note: Rear section of center console with paint finish in matching exterior color is only available as option XME||$1,130|
|Switch Panel Package Painted Exterior Color||Side air vents central air vents including switch trim. Leather finish interior color: defroster trim, side air vent slats, central air vent slats||$2030|
|Instrument Surround Painted in Exterior Color||$440|
|Sport Chrono Timer Display Painted Guards Red||$500|
|Sport Chrono Timer Display Painted Carrara White||$500|
|PCM Package Painted in Exterior Color||PCM trim, climate control trim, lower switch trim, and lower storage bin painted in exterior color||$2,225|
|Gear Lever Trim in Exterior Color||Paint finish in exterior color on decorative trim on gear lever/selector||$295|
|Belt Outlets on B-pillars Painted in Exterior Color||Belt outlets on B-pillars in paint finish in exterior color||$200|
|Sport Bucket Seat Belt Passage Painted||$655|
|Seat Belts in Speed Yellow||$340|
|Switch Panel Package Painted Black||Side air vents and central air vents including switch trim pained black. Leather finish interior color on defroster trim, side air vent slats and central air vent slats||$2,030|
|PCM Package in Black||PCM trim, climate control trim, lower switch trim, and lower storage bin in black paint finish||$2,225|
|Instrument Surround Painted Black||$440|
|Air Vent Slats Painted Black||Paint finish in Black on side air vent slats and central air vent slats. Smooth leather finish in interior color on side air vents and central air vent including switch trim||$1,010|
|Gear Lever/Selector Trim Painted Black||$295|
|Rear Center Console Painted Black||Paint finish in Black on rear section of center console, including ashtray cover, and storage tray on rear section of center console. Smooth leather finish in interior color on handbrake lever recess trim||$1,130|
|Belt Outlets on B-Pillars Painted Black||$200|
|Sport Bucket Seat Belt Passage in Black||$655|
|Porsche Crest in Headrests||Head restraints on front seats embossed with Porsche crest||$285|
|Floor Mats with Leather Surround||Smooth leather surround including double stitching in color of carpet. Inlay on front floor mats in smooth leather in color of the leather surround with embossed Porsche logo and stitching||$320|
|Floor Mats With Colored Trim||Set of two floor mats. Carpet in Black, Ocean Blue, Stone Grey, Sand Beige, Carrera Red, Terracotta, Cocoa or Natural Brown. Smooth leather surround, including double stitching||$455|
|Key Pouch in Interior Color Leather||In smooth leather in interior color with embossed Porsche crest and decorative seam.||$95|
|Carbon package||Gear lever and upper section of handbrake finisher in Carbon finish. Alcantara finish on gear lever including decorative trim on shift pattern in Volcano Grey with shift pattern in White, and handbrake lever including inlay in Volcano Grey with GT3 logo in White. Note: available from approximately 03/2010||$790|
|Extended carbon package||Side air vents and central air vent in Carbon finish. Side air vent slats and central air vent slats including switch trim in smooth leather finish in interior color. Note: available from approximately 03/2010||$1,760|
|Rear Center Console Carbon||Rear section of center console including ashtray cover, storage tray rear section of center console in carbon finish. Handbrake lever recess trim in leather finish in interior color||$1,625|
|Door Entry Guards in Carbon||Door entry guards in carbon with GT3/RS 3.8 logo.||$780|
|Steering Wheel in Alcantara||Thicker steering wheel rim in Alcantara black with cross-stitched seam. Airbag module is not in Alcantara||$1,105|
|Lid of Storage Bin in Alcantara with Porsche Logo||$490|
|Sun Visors in Alcantara||Sun visors and vanity mirror covers with Alcantara finish in Black||$560|
|Sound Package Plus||Analog Sound-System with CD storage in glove compartment. Includes 9 loudspeakers and 235 watt output||$700|
|6-Disc CD Changer||Integrated in the CDR-30 stereo in place of the single CD. Includes audio playback of MP3s||$650|
|Universal Audio Interface||On vehicles not equipped with PCM, includes an Auxiliary-In port. On PCM equipped vehicles, includes an iPod® port, a USB port for memory sticks or MP3 players, and an Auxiliary-In port for other external devices. iPods and USB sticks are fully controllable via PCM. For other auxiliary devices, a limited range of functions are accessible via PCM. NOTE: In combination with PCM the price is $440.||$95|
|Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone Interface||Bluetooth Interface for hands free mobile phone use. Operation of basic phone functions on PCM or multi-function steering wheel (if applicable)||$695|
|Sport Chrono Package without PCM||Includes analog and digital timer system on dashboard.||$690|
|PCM 3.0 with Extended Navigation||6.5" screen with touchscreen controls. Dual tuner audio system with integrated MP3-able CD/DVD-player supporting audio/video DVDs, GPS harddisc-based navigation module with dynamic route planning. On board computer with simultaneous indicator of basic audio and navigation||$3,110|
|6-Disc CD/DVD Changer||Integrated in PCM. Includes ability to play MP3 music files and Audio DVDs||$650|
|PCM Voice Control||Voice activation for navigation, telephone, and stereo functions. Available for customer specified orders only||$595|
|Electronic Logbook||Enables automatic acquisition of mileage, driving distance, date, time and address of starting point and destination at every trip including PC- software for data download and evaluation||$650|
|Sport Chrono Package Plus||Analog and digital chronometer, sport button in the center console and display in the PCM, also adds ability to adjust lighting, wipers, AC and door locking to suit personal preference||$690|
|XM Radio||Allows reception of XM Satellite Radio and XM NavTraffic. Complimentary 3-month service included - after 3 months, subscription is required. Note: XM service is not available in Alaska or Hawaii||$750|
Competitors and press reviews
The F430 Scuderia is powered by a naturally-aspirated 4308cc V8 engine that delivers a total of 510 hp at 8500 rpm. With a total weight of 1250 kg, the Scuderia makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 3,7 seconds and is capable of a top speed of 198mph.
The Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera is powered by a 4,961 cm3 V10 engine that delivers a total of 530 hp reached in 8,000 rpm. With a weight reduction of 220 lbs, the Gallardo Superleggera sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 3,6 seconds and can hit a top speed of 195 mph.
The Aston Martin DB9 comes powered by a 450-hp version of the 6.0-liter V12 engine that is also found in Aston Martin’s V12 Vanquish S. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4,7 seconds and can hit a top speed of 186 mph.