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New Porsche 911 GT3 RS revealed

2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

New ultra hard core Porsche 911 GT3 RS revealed with PDK gearbox and 4.0-litre flat six at the Geneva Motor show. 

Porsche has revealed its new hardcore track-focused 911 at this year’s Geneva motor show. As with the standard GT3, the RS is PDK-only meaning there will be no manual gearbox option.

However, unlike the standard GT3, the new model is powered by a new 4.0-litre flat six engine based on the standard 3.8-litre unit. It develops a substantial 496hp, matching the old limited-edition 997.2 GT3 RS 4.0 from 2012.

2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

The track-tuned model is quicker than the standard GT3, capable of hitting 62mph in 3.3 seconds compared to the standard car’s 3.5 second time. While 0-124mph takes a shade over 10 seconds – it’s supercar fast.

The RS also adopts the wider Turbo body shell instead of the Carrera 4 shell used by the GT3, meaning it has a significantly fatter stance. Despite the wider body, the RS is actually around 10kg lighter than the 1430kg GT3.

Visually, the RS is obviously a more serious beast than the ‘ordinary’ GT3. It sits lower, and on wider wheels and tyres while an aggressive aerodynamic package gives it a race car-like appearance. At the front there’s a larger splitter and cooling ducts over the front wheel arches to reduce front axle lift at high speed. At the rear – you’ll have no doubt noticed – is a massive rear wing that looks like it has been plucked from the track-only 911 GT3 racer. The roof has also been modified to incorporate a ‘double-bubble’ to reduce weight and improve the aero efficiency of that rear wing.

Because the RS uses a Turbo shell, it also gets a pair of air intakes ahead of the rear wheel arches – presumably necessary to stop the engine catching fire like another certain GT3 model…

2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Inside, the RS gets the same lightweight carbon-backed seats as the 918 Spyder Weisach Pack, and a new steering wheel which it shares with the Cayman GT4, also shown at Geneva.

Porsche claims the new GT3 RS can lap the Nurburgring in around 7 minutes 20 seconds, or about 15 seconds quicker than the standard car.

Written by Lewis Shaw

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