The latest and greatest Stuttgart superstar born for the track

Porsche just revealed the new 2019 911 GT3 RS ahead of its official debut at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. As the third road-legal GT model Porsche has unveiled in a year, this thing oozes racing prowess from every pore, taking the tried-and-true GT3formula to the next level.

The beating heart of the machine is made up 4.0-liters of all-atmosphere displacement in the rear. Liberal application of gasoline yields as much as 520 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque, 20 ponies more than the current GT3, making this flat-six the most powerful naturally aspirated powerplant ever used in a road-legal 911. Redline is set at a howling 9,000 rpm, which you can bet sounds amazing coming through the titanium exhaust system.

Making the connection to the rear axle is a tuned-up seven-speed PDK gearbox. All told, the GT3 RS will do the 0-to-60 mph run in 3 seconds flat, two-tenths quicker than the current PDK-equipped 911 GT3 and a tenth quicker than the outgoing GT3 RS. Top speed is rated at 193 mph.

Making the most of the power is a Porsche Active Suspension Management system, which includes active engine mounts, a fully variable electronic locking differential, and freshly tweaked rear-axle steering. Drivers can tune the handling via the ride height, toe, camber, caster, and sway bars. Short stops come courtesy of standard iron rotors, or the optional lightweight Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes rocking 410 mm (16.1-inch) front discs and 390 mm (15.4-inch) rear discs.

You’ll also find the traditional fixed rear wing, tweaked polyurethane front and rear fascias, a larger front lip spoiler and side skirts, and a rear underbody diffusor, plus NACA ducts in front to help cool the brakes. All told, the new GT3 RS produces twice as much downforce as the standard 911 GT3 when traveling at 124 mph.

The new model is also quite light. The front trunk lid, fenders, and rear deck lid are all made from carbon fiber, while the roof is made from magnesium. There’s also lightened glass for the rear and side windows, lightened door panels, less sound insulation, and a rear seat delete. The optional Wiessach package replaces several parts with additional carbon fiber, cutting 13 pounds, while the optional magnesium wheels cut even more weight. Standard spec includes forged alloy wheels measuring in at 20 inches in front and 21 inches in the rear. In its lightest configuration, the 2019 GT3 RS tips the scales at 3,153 pounds.

Inside is the usual track-ready equipment, such as carbon fiber-laced bucket seats and a 360 mm (14.2-inch) steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara and complete with a yellow 12 o’clock marker.

Look for the 2019 Porsche GT3 RS at the Geneva International Motor Show in March. Order books are open now, with pricing set at $187,500.

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Atlanta, Georgia. The Porsche motorsport department is presenting Weissach’s latest treat at the Geneva Motor Show: the 2019 911 GT3 RS with a race-bred chassis and a high-revving four-liter, naturally aspirated engine producing 520 horsepower and 346 lb.-ft. of torque. Based on the 911 GT3, the RS has been refined even further, combining the most powerful naturally aspirated engine ever fitted to a road-legal 911 with a suspension that features recalibrated rear axle steering tuned for maximum dynamics and precision. The new 911 GT3 RS accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds quicker than the current 911 GT3 with PDK and 0.1 seconds quicker than the previous 911 GT3 RS. Top track speed of the 2019 911 GT3 RS is 193 mph. Following the launch of the 2018 911 GT3 and the 2018 911 GT2 RS, the new 911 GT3 RS represents the third road-legal GT model to be unveiled within a year.

Race-inspired aerodynamics and lightweight construction
Aerodynamics and lightweight construction have determined the design of the wide, weight-optimized body with its classic fixed rear wing. Like on the 2018 911 GT3, the front and rear fascia are made of lightweight polyurethane. Additionally, the front trunk lid and fenders on the 911 GT3 RS are made of carbon fiber and the roof consists of magnesium. Like on the 2018 911 GT2 RS, NACA ducts in the front trunk lid optimize brake cooling without increasing drag. The front fascia features a spoiler lip that is larger than on the previous model, increasing downforce in conjunction with the larger side skirts. At the rear, the large wing mounted on the carbon fiber deck lid works in combination with a rear underbody diffusor. The result: The 2019 911 GT3 RS produces more than twice as much downforce as the regular 911 GT3 at 124 mph. The race-inspired appearance continues in the interior: Full Bucket Seats with carbon fiber reinforced backrests provide a high degree of lateral support to suit the vehicle’s exceptional level of lateral grip. Lightweight glass for the rear window and rear side windows, lightweight door panels with door opening loops, reduced sound insulation, and the omission of rear seats emphasize the consistency of the material choices and the dedication to saving weight. The Alcantara steering wheel measuring 360 mm in diameter features a yellow 12 o’clock center marker.

The most powerful naturally aspirated engine in a road-legal 911 ever
The four-liter, naturally aspirated flat-six engine from Porsche in the new 911 GT3 RS pushes the sports car to new limits: It delivers 20 horsepower more than the engine in the 2016 911 GT3 RS and the current 911 GT3. Plasma coated cylinder liners, a central oil supply through the crankshaft with larger bearing diameters, larger connecting rod bearings and the rigid valve train with shims to provide valve clearance compensation all carry over from the 2018 911 GT3. Capable of up to 9,000 rpm like the regular 911 GT3, the thoroughbred engine takes in ram air through openings in the rear quarter panels, and it is closely related to the unit used in current Porsche 911 race cars. The unmistakable flat-six sound escapes the exhaust tips, which are made of titanium like the muffler itself. The engine is mated to a specifically tuned seven-speed PDK, which features performance-oriented gearing with the top track speed being reached in seventh gear, like all GT tuned PDK transmissions.

Race-bred chassis
Technology derived from motorsport ensures that the chassis offers exceptional driving dynamics. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), active engine mounts, rear axle steering, and the fully variable electronic locking rear differential with Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV+) are standard. Ball joints on all suspension links provide even greater precision than conventional bearings with rubber bushings. Furthermore, the new 911 GT3 RS features new helper springs at the front axle, in addition to the rear. As is customary for a Porsche GT model, the ride height, toe, camber, caster and sway bar settings of the suspension can be adjusted to suit individual driver preferences. Forged lightweight wheels measuring 9.5 x 20 inches in diameter with newly developed 265/35 ultra-high performance (UHP) tires enhance agility and steering precision, while 12.5 x 21 inch wheels with 325/30 UHP tires mounted at the rear deliver excellent traction. Overall, the wider tires offer a significantly larger contact patch than those of the regular 911 GT3. Large cross-drilled grey cast iron rotors measuring 380 mm front and rear are standard, while the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake system with 410 mm rotors at the front and 390 mm rotors at the rear can be ordered as an option. The ceramic rotors weigh around 50 percent less than the cast-iron variants.

Optional Weissach package and magnesium wheels for extra weight savings
For particularly spirited drivers, the Porsche motorsport department has created an optional Weissach package to reduce the weight of the car even further. With this package, the front and rear sway bars and coupling rods, vehicle roof, steering wheel trim, and shift paddles on the steering wheel are all made of carbon fiber, reducing the weight by roughly 13 pounds. Optional forged magnesium wheels, weighing around 25 pounds less than the standard wheels, are available as well in conjunction with the Weissach package. When equipped with these options, the weight of the 911 GT3 RS drops to 3,153 pounds.

Pricing and availability
The new 2019 911 GT3 RS is available to order now and is expected to reach U.S. dealers in fall 2018. The MSRP is $187,500, not including available options or the $1,050 delivery, processing and handling fee. The Weissach Package is available for $18,000. The magnesium wheels can be ordered for an additional $13,000 in conjunction with the Weissach Package and will be available at a later date.

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