If there’s been one overriding theme to this year’s Geneva International Motor Show, it’s that we wait for one particular type of vehicle to come along, and we end up with two or more of that type of car. We’ve seen it already with the super-saloon pairing of the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe and BMW M8 Gran Coupe, and we’re seeing it again with the Ferrari 488 Pista – Maranello’s hard-core track tool – and this, the 991.2 generation Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
The latest 911 GT3 RS is based on the updated 991.2 generation of 911, but unlike the rest of the range, it’s retained natural aspiration as its source of power. The 4.0-litre naturally aspirated flat six engine has been upgraded though, developing 383kW (520hp) and 470Nm – an extra 15kW over the outputs of the old 911 GT3 RS. Power is dealt with exclusively by the rear wheels and Porsche’s seven speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox. Performance figures are befitting of the GT3 RS badge. 0-100km/h takes just 3.2 seconds, whilst the top speed rests at 312km/h.
The chassis of the 991.2 911 GT3 RS has been warmed over compared to the standard GT3, with upgraded suspension tied to new lightweight 20-inch alloy wheels up front, shod in 265/35 profile rubber, whilst the rear wheels are 21-inches in diameter wearing 325/30 profile tyres.
As with all Porsche RS models, the 991.2 911 GT3 RS is equipped with a selection of angry pieces of bodywork – including the massive fixed rear wing, fender flares, and an assortment of vents all over the bodywork. The exterior is matched by a race-ready interior that can also be optioned to include the Clubsport package at no extra cost – a package that includes a roll-over bar, manual fire extinguisher, and six-point race harness.
The now traditional Weissach package is also available, which further reduces the weight of the 911 GT3 RS thanks to additional carbon fibre parts for the chassis, interior, and exterior, as well as optional lightweight magnesium wheels. In its lightest configuration, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS weighs just 1430kg.
Pricing of the 991.2 generation 911 GT3 RS in South Africa starts off at R3 220 000 before options.