Hardcore 911 is lighter and more powerful
17 September 2009

This is what Porsche is calling “the most sporting 911 yet”: the new GT3 RS. The homologation special is fitted with the same 3.8-litre flat six as the GT3, but it has 444bhp instead of 429bhp, making it 35bhp pokier than the old RS.

Porsche launched the new car at the Frankfurt motor show, which opened on Tuesday.

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The latest GT3 RS gets wider tracks at the front and rear (aided by extended front wheel arches) and a huge carbonfibre rear wing with aluminium supports.

The naturally aspirated engine, which has a specific output of more than 113bhp per litre, is mated to a low-ratio, short-shift six-speed manual gearbox.

A lithium ion starter battery will be available instead of the standard unit, reducing the kerb weight by 10kg.

Porsche is clearly aiming to make this one of the wildest 911s ever, with bright decals all over the bodywork.

The GT3 RS goes on sale in the UK in 2010, priced from £100,760.

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19 August 2009

i have been waiting ages for cars to come with li-ion batteries instead of lead acid to start the car and run its electrics. hopefully the transition to all cars down to the city car will only take a year or so. it really does cut weight down.

19 August 2009

With all those graphics slapped down the side and the red wheels and trim, the subtlety of the previous GT's have been lost. It looks less like a Porsche and more like a RenaultSport Megane.

That said, I'd still have one.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

19 August 2009

[quote TegTypeR] It looks less like a Porsche and more like a RenaultSport Megane.[/quote]

Somehow I dont think Renault made a Megane with rear engine or with Porsche bodywork. Guess I'll have to have a closer look at the Meganes again

19 August 2009

Keep the decals but with subtle colours. Like 911 turbos of old.

19 August 2009

I'm having a vision. Autocar's 'Britiains Best Drivers Car 2010' Porsche 997.2 GT3 RS comes last!! LOL

19 August 2009

[quote TegTypeR]That said, I'd still have one.[/quote] Would you really? The MkI 997 RS was my favourite car, until the MkII GT3 was released. As you said the subtle looks have been lost, and right now I would be very happy with the standard GT3. Still a fantastic car, and to get those figures from a N/A 6 cylinder engine is mighty impressive.

19 August 2009

I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and taste is something that varies from individual to individual. I simply cannot imagine how anyone driving that car, as technically awesome as it is, would feel anything other than a complete berk.

19 August 2009

[quote TegTypeR]

With all those graphics slapped down the side and the red wheels and trim, the subtlety of the previous GT's have been lost. It looks less like a Porsche and more like a RenaultSport Megane.

[/quote]

I thought the same thing. It's arguably Porsche's best car and then they spoil it by making it look cheap. The previous generation, even in orange or green with the black decals I could just about stand, but not this. It looks aweful.

19 August 2009

Decals aside…

More horsepower-check

Large pendulum can-check

Even larger tires to keep large pendulum can in control-check

Same as it ever was.

Oh yeah, new battery-yawn

You don’t need a weatherman
To know which way the wind blows
—Robert Allen Zimmerman

19 August 2009

[quote jackjflash]

Decals aside…

More horsepower-check

Large pendulum can-check

Even larger tires to keep large pendulum can in control-check

Same as it ever was.

Oh yeah, new battery-yawn

[/quote]

What excites you then?

What car do you drive?

You either need Prozac or you should pop over to the Greenpeace forum!

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