First released in 1999, the GT3 remained Porsche’s range-topping car for the 911 range. Even though it was not the most powerful, it always delivered when it came to driving characteristics or driver’s pleasure. Not that long ago they released the all new 911 GT3, a far improved vehicle over its predecessors which manages to offer one of the best chassis in its class. It seems that an improved version of it will be released with the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Like before, the RS will offer more power than the regular GT3 but it will also come with an improved running gear and a stripped down interior. The end result should be one of the fastest production vehicles in the world while delivering the best driving experience on the market. Porsche announced the car will be released in March 2018 but until then RS is surely going to be fully revealed.
A few days ago a camouflaged test mule of the upcoming RS has been seen testing and it looks quite impressive. For starters, the car is definitely going to be based on the GT3 and not on the GT2 like some rumors suggested. The test mule had the same front and rear bumpers as the GT3 but more on that later.
The car seemed to boast a new exhaust, different wheels and quite a few other upgrades. The wheelbase as well as the track width seemed to be mostly identical to the current GT3. Its brakes were also very similar to the cheaper car but these may just be placeholders until release. The price is unknown but the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS could become their most expensive car after the brand new GT2.
The design of Porsche 911 GT3 RS
While not clearly obvious, the front track of the upcoming 2018 GT3 RS might be wider than that of the current model. Even though it might not happen, it seems the test mule had riveted fender flares in the front which suggest the car might have wider wheels than the regular GT3. These would add not only a meaner look but considerably more front end traction. On top of that it seems the front bumper of the car will be identical to the current GT3.
However, in the rear there should be a new design, likely more similar to what the GT2 received. This will also boast a new titanium exhaust system in order to save quite a bit of weight over the regular model. As before, a large fixed rear wing will be used but this time around Porsche may let the driver to adjust it manually.
Inside the cabin
The 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS is expected to get a stripped down interior. The two front seats should be carbon fiber backed bucket seats offering a lot of support but not much comfort. The car may be available without the usual rear seats, with no air conditioning or even an infotainment system.
Porsche may still offer all of these as an upgrade package for those who still require comfort. For all the others they are likely going to replace the rear seats with a roll-cage while the other missing features should allow them to save in excess of 100 to 200 pounds.
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2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Specs
The previous model was powered by a 3.8 liter engine. The 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS will receive a 4.0 liter naturally aspirated flat-six which is also used on the regular GT3. This new engine should provide anything between 515 and 540 horsepower and right around 370 lb-ft of torque. The engine will rev all the way up to more than 9,000 RPM and it will deliver all of that power at the very top. With a weight of less than 3,000 pounds, the new GT3 RS should be able to hit 60 MPH in less than 3.0 seconds and hit a maximum top speed close to 190 MPH. A 7 speed PDK automatic gearbox will drive the rear wheels in the base configuration. This time around though, Porsche is also expected to offer the car with a 6 speed manual. This will be slightly lighter but slower in terms of acceleration. Even so, we expect the manual 911 GT3 RS to be the best selling of the two especially since its predecessor was only available with a manual.
|2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS|
|Dimensions And Weight|
|Engine And Transmission|
|Power/torque||500 hp/339 lb-ft|
|Transmission||6 speed – manual|
|0-60 mph||3.8 sec.|
|Top speed||198 mph|
|PRICE RANGE:$ 143,600
|Competitors:Lamborghini Huracan Performante, Mercedes-AMG GT R|