Porsche has just debuted a new 911 customer race car, and although the GT3 R isn’t a new nameplate, Porsche’s Byzantine model hierarchy and naming system requires us to first explain where the new car fits in. This is the fourth racing version in as many years since the unveiling of the current Type 991 generation of the 911. Starting first with the 991 RSR, then the 991 GT3 Cup, the 991 GT America and now the 991 GT3 R. But all of this looks more complicated than it is; the RSR is a racing version of the regular car, the GT3 Cup and GT America are both based on the GT3 road car, and were simply made for different racing series. And finally we have the GT3 R, which is based on the GT3 RS road car.
To put it more simply still: this is the current ultimate track-focused 911. And since Porsche worked hard to make the GT3 RS as close to a race car as possible while still being street legal, not all that much has really been changed. And the GT3 R is likely to share some race tracks with impatient GT3 RS owners who couldn’t wait and performed the modifications themselves.
Updated 05/25/2016: Porsche dropped a new video in which shows the 911 GT3 R getting ready for the 24 Hours at the Nürburgring. Hit "play" to watch it!
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Porsche 911 GT3 R Scores Its First Victory At Laguna Seca
Blue skies and warm weather saw one of Porsche’s finest clinch a win on Sunday, as Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing brought it home for a triumphant finish in the latest round of the IMSA SportsCar Championship. The famous central California racetrack played to the Porsche’s favor, as the No. 23 911 GT3 R led the GT Daytona class for the entirety of the two-hour race, successfully locking in its first win of the season.
At the helm were drivers Alex Riberas and Mario Farnbacher. Riberas was first out, managing to build a big lead before handing it off to Farnbacher. Unfortunately, a full-course caution quickly followed the driver change, as the No. 540 Black Swan Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R exited at Turn 5 just before the 50-minute mark.
Although the gap was gone, Farnbacher executed a flawless restart that saw him put distance on the challenging No. 63 Ferrari 488 of Alessandro Balzan. At one point, Balzan managed to get within three-quarters of a second to the Porsche, but couldn’t make the pass, eventually conceding 3.6 seconds at the checkered.
“It was tight at the flag, but I wasn’t going to let our maiden victory with the 911 GT3 R be taken away from us,” Farnbacher said. “Our team has worked hard for this success.”
Second place went to the Ferrari 488 GT3 of Christina Nielsen and Alessandro Balzan, while third went to the Aston Martin GT3 of Brandon Davis and James Davison.
The crew now heads to Detroit for the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at Belle Isle Park on June 4th.
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This LEGO Porsche 911 GT3 RS Looks Amazing: Video
Lego has done some pretty amazing things through the Techno line. It’s recreated the Caterham Super Seven, a Mini Cooper, and even a Formula Off-Roader and a 24 Hours Race Car seen here. It even created a Porsche with working suspension a few years back. Well, it seems like as the years go on, the brand gets better and better at making these crazy toys.
Case in point: Lego Technic No. 42056 – a Porsche 911 GT3 RS. It retails for $300 here in the U.S. and is arguably one of the most detailed and thorough kits to date. By that I mean it looks amazing and includes of 2,700 pieces. In size, the thing is over six-inches high, almost two feet long and nearly a foot wide. Plus, it even has a working PDK transmission. If you haven’t had a chance to set eyes on the kit yet, watching this four-minute video of Lego’s Senior Design Manager, Andrew Woodman, walk through the kit and all the little goodies that come with it.
I won’t spoil the video for you, but if you’re a Lego fan, it’s certainly one you want to watch. Woodman breaks down a few of the things that come with the kit and displays just how detailed the Lego model really is. With that said, go ahead – hit play and be amazed by the shocking detail of Lego Technic’s newest kit.
Porsche 911 GT3 RS In Gulf Livery Ends Up In The Water
Porsche’s may be liquid cooled these days, but apparently somebody at the Porsche Centrum Amsterdam dealership in Holland didn’t get the memo of how to properly fill the radiator and coolant tank. Full details have yet to emerge about exactly how this brand new Porsche 911 GT3 RS ended up nose first in the drink, but there are two rumors floating around right now.
At first, it’s easy to imagine a disgruntled employee driving the car of the edge to stick it to the man one last time before a highly fashionable discontinuation of employment. Of course, nothing that dramatic appears to have happened. One rumor blames a mechanic that made a mistake, and the other blames a body guy who was applying a stripe decal. Either way, the pretty Porsche in Gulf Oil livery ended up in a rather awkward parking spot.
According to RTL News, the managing director of Porsche Centrum, Hans Van der Valk, said, “The car was parked on the waterfront and a mechanic made a mistake when trying to get in the vehicle. That is very unfortunate, but it can happen. When there are people, mistakes are made.” Even more interesting is that Van der Valk believes the car can be saved, saying, “Only the tip was in the water and no one was hurt. There’s not much damage.”
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The 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS really is a fireball of fun. Launched at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show with updated styling and technology, the GT3 RS does its namesake proud, thanks in part to a 4.0-liter flat-six engine that pumps out an incredible 500 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. That’s 50 ponies more than the previous GT3 RS, which goes to show how much time and effort Porsche put into making the car as lethal as it is. Suffice to say, a sprint time of 0 to 62 mph and a top speed of at least 195 mph is the final stamp of approval for the sports car.
Having said all of that, let’s take a gander at this new video featuring the new 911 GT3 RS, decked out to perfection in a Lava Orange paint finish. The video itself isn’t really informative, at least compared to what we’ve become accustomed to. It runs 5:44 long and it just features the 911 GT3 RS doing some quick-hit laps around a race track. The unmistakable sound of the flat-six engine can be heard clearly and you can tell that time and effort was put into creating some solid video angles of the sports car. Credit to the editing too because the video, even without any narration, looks about as clean as it can get.
Start your weekend off on the right foot and watch the video. Who knows, you might be inspired enough to get yourself a 911 GT3 RS for the holidays.
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS sits on the top of the 911 hierarchy as the purest expression of the 911 name. That comes with the territory of being the fastest and most powerful car in the legendary lineup. But, as good as the GT3 RS is, it still begs the question: is it really the best among all versions of the 911?
XCAR tried to find an answer to that question by taking the 911 GT3 RS for a spin around the road and, more importantly, around the track. It goes without saying that Porsche developed the GT3 RS as the more track-focused version of the entire 911 lineup. It’s got more power, less weight, and harder springs than any other 911. In other words, it’s the equivalent of a race car without actually being a race car.
Therein lies the rub with the 911 GT3 RS. As fast and as powerful as it is — nobody can argue with its output of 493 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque, good enough to spring from 0 to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and hit a top speed of 193 mph — the 911 GT3 RS is a niche sports car that caters more to track enthusiasts and less to everyday drivers. For starters, it has no rear seats thanks to the presence of a roll cage that every track car is expected to have. It’s also not as comfortable as most would like it to be and the engine noise can get pretty loud. That may be the perfect recipe for a car that’s blasting around a race track, but not so much for a car doing errands on a regular weekend.
Porsche knows all of that, yet it’s not making any apologies for what the 911 GT3 RS supposedly can and can’t do. This car, no matter how people try to slice it, is meant to be driven on the track. It’s been developed as such and it performs that way too. So excuse the fretting whenever somebody drives the 911 GT3 RS out on the public road. While it does live up to its reputation as the most extreme version of the 911, those who have driven the GT3 RS on the road and on the track will tell you that the only way to unleash its full potential is to do it in the latter.
The auto industry can be a pretty unforgiving place, especially if a company tries to reinvent the wheel when it shouldn’t have to in the first place. For all of Porsche’s engineering brilliance, it’s also had moments when it tries to think too much of what can be without looking in front to see what’s already there. Purists of the Porsche 911 know this all too well after Porsche decided to go with a full automatic transmission on the 911 GT3, considered as the spiritual embodiment of the 911’s celebrated lineage. Fortunately, Porsche itself isn’t above reproach and has recognized the need to bring back the manual transmission on the GT3. Yep, according to Car and Driver, the successor to the current 911 GT3 will be available with an automatic or a manual transmission.
That’s reason to jump for joy for those people who felt short-changed when the 911 GT3 arrived with only one transmission type in tow. It’s easy to understand Porsche’s rationale behind it. The company wanted the 911 GT3 to embrace its track potential and doing so meant that the use of a quick-shifting transmission that can maximize its power and performance capabilities. But, in its quest to make racers and track-day enthusiasts happy, it left out an equally important segment of Porsche customers: those who care more about the emotional connection between them and the car.
As good as the 911 GT3 is on the track (numbers don’t lie: 0 to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds; top speed of 195 mph), a segment of the 911-loving community felt it compromised its spirit in the pursuit of performance. It took a while for Porsche to come to grips with it, but fortunately, it’s finally come to its senses.
In the short term, Porsche is planning a limited edition model called the 911 R that will carry the GT3’s 3.8-liter flat-six engine that delivers 475 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque on the nose. More importantly, though, is that it will use a manual transmission. Once the next generation 911 GT3 arrives, it will be offered with both a six-speed manual transmission and a seven-speed PDK transmission, as it should have been from the very beginning.
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When you’re a car presenter and you’re given three sports cars with features unique to their own, picking one over the two others is an incredibly difficult task. But Chris Harris isn’t your typical car presenter. He’s been around this block long enough to know how the game works. In this particular instance, Harris was given a chance to line up three of today’s most desirable sports cars - the Porsche 991 GT3 RS, Aston Martin GT12, and McLaren 650S - to determine which of these three gives prospective customers the most bang for their buck, which in this case would be above £200,000, or a little over $300,000 based on current exchange rates.
In true Harris fashion, the affable presenter neatly laid out the pros of each model, starting with the GT3 RS, a car he says is “natural and intuitive” in every thing it does. Once he was done gushing over the Porsche, Harris turned his attention to the GT12, which is actually sold out. Still, Harris was still able to have a few thoughts on the track-tuned Aston, calling it “outrageous fun” before lamenting on whether it was the best car he has driven in 2015. Then there’s the 650S, without question the fastest and most powerful of the three. Harris didn’t even hesitate calling the 650 “better” in a lot ways than its two rivals.
So, the question Harris eventually wanted to answer was if any of these three supercars are worth their price tags. Like the true gear head that he is, Harris eventually settled on an answer that’s not only predictable, but also shows how hard it is to pick one, even though, technically, the GT12’s sold out status disqualifies it from the choices.
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS has seen wide approval since its debut. It’s 4.0-liter, flat-six engine produces 500 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque – a gain of 25 horsepower and 15 pound-feet over the standard GT3. To accommodate this extra power and to increase downforce, the RS has a huge rear wing and a front lip that surrounds the front fascia. These aerodynamic modifications, however, might be too much for the RS.
According to at least one GT3 RS owner, the downforce created by the RS’s aero package is more of a problem than anything. As shown in the video, the RS’s tires actually make contact with the wheel wells as the driver takes a spin around the Nurburgring. It is quite evident that the suspension just isn’t stiff enough to compensate for the amount of downforce. According to the owners blog post, his RS has a stock suspension system, so it looks like this problem may be a design flaw. The question is, how did this flaw get past the engineers while the RS was in the testing phase?
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At one time, it was rumored that the 2016 Porsche GT3 RS would receive a turbocharged flat-six, but it didn’t. Instead, it received a 4.0-liter, naturally aspirated flat-six that is good for 500 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. With a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and rear-wheel drive, the GT3 has an estimated top speed of 196 mph. In a recent video by EVO, Jethro Bovington took the GT3 around the track to see how it compared with some of the other vehicles like the 2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale and the GT3’s sibling, the 2014 Porsche Turbo S.
The 458 Speciale cranks out 596 horsepower and 698 pound-feet of torque from a 4.5-liter V-8. It hits 60 mph in just 3 seconds has a top speed of 202 mph. The Turbo S puts out 560 horsepower from a 3.8-liter flat-six, and tackles a 60 mph sprint in just 2.9 seconds. Top speed comes in at 197 mph. Other vehicles on EVO’s leaderboard include the 2014 Mclaren P1 (with and without Trofeo tires), 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder, Porsche 911 Turbo, 2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 and the 2016 Nissan GT-R.
It is entertaining to watch Bovington pilot the GT3 around the track. It is clear that it is a little hard for him to get used to, as he frequently drifts off the road slightly around curves. Even so, he never actually loses control of the car, and the car performs well overall. The GT3 might look like the lesser of the three on paper, but as it turns out, it fares quite well against its sibling and most of the other models on EVO’s leaderboard. Enjoy the video!
The video you will see here is not exactly an in-depth review. In fact, the narrator hardly says much of anything at all. The reason for that is that sometimes you just don’t need to say much of anything. When the subject is the 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, all you need is the sound of the engine, some shots of the car being driven fast and some shots of the big, stupid grin on the driver’s face. Because for anyone who isn’t planning to use the GT3 RS to compete in motorsports (and there’s the 2013 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR for that), it’s really just a machine that makes big, stupid grins.
If you’re interested in the numbers for this car, you’ve probably read them all already. You’re prepared to debate the relative merits of the PDK and electric power steering and you’ve probably got some very definite opinions about the styling. But it is statistically unlikely that you know just how happy it can make you to sit behind the wheel of a Type 911 GT3 RS at speed, and this video will attempt to convey that joy.
Fast Porsche 911s used to be pretty good on-paper rivals for mid-engine V-8 Ferraris. Somewhere along the way that changed when V-8 Ferraris started getting faster and much more expensive, and Porsche continued to keep the GT3 and Turbo 911 in the realm of the attainable — relatively speaking. But, that doesn’t mean comparing the two isn’t a ridiculously fun way to spend an afternoon.
Fifth Gear put ex-racer-turned-television-host Tiff Needell behind the wheel of a 2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale and noted tire destroyer Chris Harris in a 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 and set them both loose at England’s Castle Comb Circuit for a knockdown drag-out battle for Italo-German supremacy.
Both cars are faster, more-hardcore variants of the models on which they’re based. The 458 Italia-based Speciale’s high-strung 4.5-liter V-8 produces 596 horsepower at a manic 9,000 rpm. It’s also an entire 200 pounds lighter than the Italia and features an active aerodynamics system that channels air through or around the car, depending on downforce needs.
The GT3 finds itself at somewhat of a disadvantage in face of the Ferrari’s power and tech, but it’s not exactly slow, either. Its 3.8-liter flat six produces 475 horsepower and it weighs a scant 3,153 pounds. Both figures are inferior to that of the Italian car’s, but the 911’s trick rear-wheel steering system endows it with both astounding high-speed stability and low-speed agility. Plus, at about $130,000, it’s less than half what the Speciale costs.
Place your bets, and check out Tiff ’s yodeling skills at 1:50. Seriously, I’ve never seen a car elicit those sorts of mouth noises from anyone.
Nice work if you can get it, huh?