Geneva Motor Show 2015: Porsche 911 GT3 RS {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

8 Apr 2015

Continuing the busiest Geneva Motor Show we’ve been to in years, we now have the first of the big boys that have been released – the Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Many said the GT3 was a little too comfortable, sanitised even when it was launched (after it stopped catching fire, obviously) so Porsche have really pulled out all the stops with the RS version.

To start with it’s based on the mostly aluminium Turbo body, the widest of all the 911 bodystyles, while the roof is magnesium and the front and rear bonnets are made from carbon fibre reinforced plastic. What this means is that despite the wider body it actually weighs 10 kg less than the standard GT3.

Visually we always thought the GT3 looked amazing, but again Porsche has kicked it up a gear with the RS. The nose is the same as the GT3 but with an extra-large splitter, while the new bonnet has an aerodynamic ridge down the middle that runs along the roof too. the wider front wings now feature the first of the new aero mods – integrated air vents along the top and rear sections which lower pressure in the front wheel wells which reduces front axle lift. Being a Turbo body there’s extra cooling for the engine via the rear arch mounted intakes, and there’s a new double wing element at the back. A small vented ducktail spoiler gives a little more downforce but the most of it comes from the simply huge adjustable rear wing. All together it really looks incredible.

Powering the GT3 RS is a new 4.0 litre version of the naturally aspirated flat-six engine producing 493 bhp and 384 lb/ft of torque. With the lower weight the RS manages 0 – 62 mph in 3.3 seconds, 0 – 124 mph in 10.9 seconds and a top speed of 201 mph with the rear wing in low-downforce settings. The power is sent to the rear wheels via their PDK dual clutch gearbox.

The 911 GT3 RS goes on sale in the UK in May for £131,296