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2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

With effect from October, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG of Stuttgart, Germany, will be launching the new 911 GT3 RS on the European market. This purist variant of the GT3 is particularly suited for use on the track. The GT3 RS is distinguished by its performance capability and the unadulterated driving experience enjoyed with a racing car, but also meets all requirements for road-legal sports cars.

The exceptionally meaty engine boasts a displacement of 3.6 liters to generate 305 kW (415 bhp) at 7,600 rpm. Maximum revs are reached at 8,400 rpm. The power output per liter of engine capacity is 115.3 bhp. These figures correspond to the present GT3. But the RS puts in an even better performance. Thanks to a close-ratio six-speed transmission with a single-mass flywheel and the 20 kg lower vehicle weight, the engine revs up even more freely, thus enabling the 911 GT3 to sprint from zero to 100 km per hour in 4.2 seconds. That’s one tenth of a second faster than the GT3. It takes just 13.3 seconds to hit to 200 km per hour. Maximum speed is 310 km per hour.

2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

The reference “RS” will quicken the pulse of Porsche connoisseurs. Models such as the legendary Carrera RS 2.7 of 1972 and the type 964 911 RS (1991) were also sports cars that stood out on account of an extreme degree of maneuverability and handling. That tradition is continued with the new 911 GT3 RS. In common with its predecessors, it provides a basic and pre-approval model for use in a range of racing series.

One characteristic of the new “RS” is the body, which is 44 mm wider at the rear (a legacy from the Carrera 4 models) by comparison with the 911 GT3. The muscular-looking rear end conceals a wider track that not only improves directional stability but also increases the transverse acceleration potential of this two-seater coupe.

Despite its specialized body, the “RS” is 20 kg lighter than the GT3, weighing in at just 1375 kg. This weight-saving was achieved by the use, amongst other solutions, of an adjustable carbon fiber wing, the use of a plastic rear lid and a lightweight plastic rear window. The corresponding weight-saving is 4.5 kg/kW.

With a view to the registration regulations for the important Gran Tourismo championships as future fields of application, the road version of the GT3 RS has resorted to technical solutions that will also feature in the racing version. These solutions will include the entire wheel carrier and split wishbones on the rear axle, in addition to the carbon fiber components of the body.

2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

And the interior lives up to the vehicle’s sporting aspirations: 2 lightweight bucket seats made of carbon fiber composite materials come as standard and in the club sports package. There is a bolted roll cage and the pre-wiring for the battery main switch. A six-point seatbelt for the driver and a fire extinguisher are also provided. Internal trims are black, with the roof lining, steering wheel and gear stick trimmed in high-quality Alcantara leather.

The available finishes are Arctic Silver metallic or black; as an option, the GT3 can also be obtained in orange or green. All vehicle insignia and the wheels themselves are styled in orange or black to contrast with the body paintwork.

2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

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In Detail

type Series Production Car
built at Stuttgart, Germany
price $ $ 123,000
engine Flat-6
position Rear Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed Sequential Multi Point Fuel injection
displacement 3598 cc / 219.6 in³
bore 100 mm / 3.94 in
stroke 76.4 mm / 3.01 in
compression 12.0:1
power 309.5 kw / 415 bhp @ 7600 rpm
specific output 115.34 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 301.82 bhp per tonne
torque 406.75 nm / 300 ft lbs @ 5500 rpm
redline 8400
body / frame Unit Steel w/Aluminum Panels
wheel type Cast Aluminum Alloy
front tires 235/35ZR19 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup
rear tires 305/30ZR19 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup
front brakes Ceramic Ventilated Discs
rear brakes Ceramic Ventilated Discs
front wheels F 48.3 x 21.6 cm / 19 x 8.5 in
rear wheels R 48.3 x 30.5 cm / 19 x 12 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Variable Power Assist
f suspension MacPherson Struts w/Coil over Gas Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Multi-link w/Coil over Gas Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight 1375 kg / 3031 lbs
wheelbase 2355 mm / 92.7 in
front track 1486 mm / 58.5 in
rear track 59.5 mm / -1.0 in
length 4471 mm / 176.0 in
width 1808 mm / 71.2 in
height 1280 mm / 50.4 in
transmission 6-Speed Manual
gear ratios 3.82:1, 2.26:1, 1.64:1, 1.29:1, 1.06:1, 0.92:1
final drive 3.44:1
top speed ~310 kph / 192.6 mph
0 – 60 mph ~4.1 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~9.2 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~12.0 seconds
drag 0.29 Cd