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.
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.
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.
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|type||Series Production Car|
|built at||Stuttgart, Germany|
|price $||$ 123,000|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|gear ratios||3.82:1, 2.26:1, 1.64:1, 1.29:1, 1.06:1, 0.92:1|
|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|