2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0

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.

Exterior and Interior

Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0

The future 911 GT3 RS 4.0 will need a few more elements to be further distinguished from the standard GT3 RS . For starters, the GT3 RS 4.0 will come in a white exterior paint job as standard and will feature an enhanced aerodynamic body with a new set of wheels painted in either GT Silver Metallic or Black. It will sit wide and low, and will use lateral front air deflection vanes called flics to increase downforce on the front axle. This is the first time flics will be used on a production vehicle. The aerodynamic quality will be further optimized with the use of a large rear wing with adapted side plates. Finalizing the look of the GT3 RS 4.0 is the typical central twin tailpipe.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0

Weight is always a big deal when it comes to a high performing sports cars, so Porsche has managed to knock some of it off with a carbon fiber bonnet and front wings. Porsche’s attack on the two-seater’s weight continued for the interior with bucket seats, plastic rear windows, and weight-optimized carpets. The air conditioning system will also be removed to facilitate further weight reduction.

Special packages will also be available to further distinguish the 9611 GT3 RS 4.0.

Check out all of the different options for the more powerful GT3 RS 4.0 by checking out the new online configurator from Porsche. The new sports car gets options like carbon ceramic brakes, a front axle lifting system, lightweight headlamps, and a lithium-ion battery. Check out the configurator by clicking here.

Engine

Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0

Under the hood, Porsche will use a naturally aspirated 4000 cc version of the engine used in the standard GT3 RS. This engine will deliver a total of 500 HP at 8,250 rpm and 339 lb-ft of torque, which is a 50 HP and 22 lb-ft increase over the current GT3 RS model. This added power will allow the GT3 RS 4.0 to get to the 62mph mark in a killer 3.9 seconds and up to 124 mph in under 12 seconds. The lap around the famous Nurburgring track clocked in at 7:27, which is still 40 seconds away from the record held by the Pagani Zonda R .

The engine will be combined with a six-speed sports transmission and Porsche Ceramic Composite Break PCCB. All of these components combined allow the 2,998lb GT3 RS 4.0 to obtain a power to weight ratio of 6.6lb/hp.

Prices

Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0

The Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 will make its grand appearance in Germany in July 2011. European 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. No words on the US prices just yet. That’s just the beginning, however. There are plenty of options to choose from that will surely spike that price higher than you can imagine. Check them out in the tables provided.

Exterior Options

Option Price (no tax) Price with 20% VAT
Special Color$3,140-
Dynamic Cornering Lights$690-
Lightweight Battery$1700-
Rear Lights w/Clear Glass Look$610-
Mirror Attachment Point Finishers Painted in Exterior Color$500-
Automatically Dimming Int/Ext Mirros w/Rain Sensor$690-
Headlamp Cleaning System Cover Painted in Deviatng Exterior Color$295-
Wheels Painted in Black$325-

Engine Options

Option Price EUR (no tax) Price EUR with 20% VAT
Porsche Ceramic Composite Break$8840-
Chrono Package$690-
Chrono Package Plus$690-
Front Axle Ride Height Lift System$3,490-

Interior Options

Option Price (no tax) Price with 20% VAT
PCM Package Painted in Exterior Colo$2225-
Child seat preparation for passenger seat$835-
Rear Section of Center Console in Exterior Color$730-
Multi-stage Heating System for Front Seats$525-
Fire extinguisher$140-
PCM surround in leather$2225-
Rear Section of Center Console Leather$1295-
Steering column casing leather$465-
Floor Mats With Colored Logo and Leather Surround$455-
Extended Carbon Package$1,860-
Rear Section of Center Console in Carbon$1,625-
Belt Outlets on B Pillars in Carbon$450-
Outer Door-Sill Guards in Carbon with Personal Logo Illuminated$1535-
Rear Section of Center Console Alcantara$1880-
Lid of storage bin in Red Alcantara(R) with Porsche logo$490-

Audio Options

Option Price (no tax) Price with 20% VAT
Porsche Communication Management w/Nav$3,110-
Sound Package Plus$700-
Universal Audio Interface (iPod, USB, Aux)$0-
XM® Radio$750-
Telephone Module$265-
Preparation for Mobile Phone550660

Competition

Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0

There is no doubt in our minds that when Porsche was thinking of a better way to spruce up the 911 GT3 RS, they were absolutely thinking of which competitors they could stick it to. There are plenty of sports cars out there that will surely feel threatened when the new GT3 RS 4.0 comes out, including the GT-R EGOIST Edition . The Egoist is a model powered by a 3.8-liter V6 twin turbo engine with 530 HP that sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 3.046 seconds and can hit a top speed of 195 mph. The performance numbers between the two cars are undoubtedly similar, but with limited numbers, not many will actually be enjoying them.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0

Philip Raby’s Review of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0

Philip Raby from Total 911 had plenty of good things to say about the GT3 RS 4.0. For starters, Raby thought the exhaust had a "wonderful, and highly addictive noise," the suspension was relatively compliant, and the steering was wonderfully direct and compliant. The highlights pointed to a car that was easy to drive in town or on the open road.

The negatives for the vehicle were few and far between, but Raby did explain that there was a touch of understeer at times. Other minuses were the excessive tire noise and relatively basic radio.

All in all, Raby loved the GT3 RS 4.0. He says:
"A racecar for the road? Not at all, this is a Porsche for people who want to pretend they have a racecar but really want a car they can safely and comfortably drive without having to have Senna-like skills."

LOVE IT
  • Powerful engine
  • Delivers better performance compared to current GT3 RS
  • Lighter
LEAVE IT
  • We’ll just have to wait for the official debut to see if there is something we don’t like about the new model.

93 comments:

Really? Well, Porsche really offers what’s the best. Like this new Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0, they created this with powerful engines with excellent performance. So, expect that the price will be expensive as they offer the best.

Well, I agree that this car has powerful engine but I think its not powerful as the Turbo S! I was expecting the this car would be around 600 hp since its GT3.

Well, what do you expect? It is the RS version after all, so they will be putting in lots of performance upgrades on this one, so it would definitely be expensive.

Is this for real? The selling Prices of Porsche. Its kind of pretty expensive to afford this model. Now I have to figure out how much tons of money do I have to save for this. 

I think there’s no reason to be doubtful about the figure performance that was said above. Porsche cars are naturally born racer and its engine capable of drifting and are expert in running down on the corners. And crashing this car by Jeremy Clarkson is already enough to prove how powerful this car can be.

The new option parts that they have included for the GT3 RS 4.0 are definitely a nice touch. They would really be adding a lot of customization on this one.

And finally I find the use of online configurator! Well, that’s a good idea to modify your car and change some part depends on how you want it. BTW, why does the preparation for the mobile phone has an added 20% tax?

Does it mean that I could actually use my design in the online configurator as the basis for the customization for my GT3 car? Well, that’s good though its kind of pricey!

Well, Its kinda (duh) great idea that Porsche release some very spectacular features of GT3, Its really no doubt, at first this is a better way to introduced after the market rumors.

Well, I guess that’s the most convenient thing to do is to change the engine to make the car faster or they could use a lighter material like carbon fiber to reduced the weight of the car.

hmm. Well, I have to say that the performance of this car is much better compared to the standard specification of the GT3 RS. And the weight issue is not a big deal for Porsche since they have a choice to change the engine to make the car faster.

Basically Porsche car gives me an impression that it has a good engine performance and its the best option for racing car. The wheels of this car is capable for drifting and
I was looking forward for the aftermarket version of this car.

The car is almost perfect. I’m glad to know that there are lot of of option to choose from. Well, I guess you’re right guys we need to wait for the debut to know what is the weak point of this car.

hmm. The performance is great as expected from a GT car. I think this car has a lot of power under the hood. I cant wait to test drive one of this!

what was that a sort of being so sarcastic..putting the word "duh" after powerful engine. Well, I do like the powerful performance of Porsche car..

I do believe that this car is the best option among race cars! The speed of this car is quite impressive! No wonder it was used on racing tracks.

Just browsed over the engine specs of this baby. As expected, the guys at Porsche really goes all out when putting engines in their race cars.

Just watched the video of the GT3 RS above. As expected the car performs really good on track. This one definitely makes me want to see this car more.

I do believe that this car still needs more elements so that it can be compare to GT3 RS. However,I want to see more improvement on this car and I cant wait to see it blast on the race track.

Hmm, the merger is actually quite reasonable. Considering that Porsche needs to be able to reach a larger market, the resources of VW would certainly be a lot of help.

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