Porsche will be unveiling its latest race-inspired road car at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show and as Don Cherry might say, “it’s a beauty.”
The 2019 911 GT3 RS will feature a chassis built for the track, a high-revving naturally aspirated 520-hp 4.0-litre horizontally opposed 6-cylinder engine and a suite of aerodynamic body add-ons.
Based on the 911 GT3, the new RS features the most powerful non-blown engine ever fitted in a street-legal 911, outpowering the previous GT3 RS in 2016 by 20 hp, and enabling the high-performance coupe to accelerate to 100 km/h in about three seconds (only marginally faster than the previous GT3 RS) with a specially tuned 7-speed PDK paddle shift automatic. Top speed is rated at about 310 km/h (for the track).
Riding on forged lightweight front 20-inch wheels shod with 265/35 ultra high-performance (UHP) tires and rear 325/30 UHP tires on 21-inch wheels, the race-inspired GT3 RS is a dynamic handling machine, with Porsche’s Active Suspension Management (PASM), active engine mounts, rear wheel steering and torque vectoring from the rear differential. And as with any Porsche GT, the ride height, toe, camber, caster and sway bar are all adjustable.
An optional Weissach package further reduces weight by exchanging front and rear sway bars and coupling rods, the car’s roof, steering wheel trim and shift paddles for carbon-fibre parts, and the wheels for forged magnesium versions (available at a later time).
Porsche’s typically strong braking is provided by cross drilled 380-mm rotors front and rear, and can be improved to ceramic 410-mm rotors in front and 390-rotors in the rear. Not only do the ceramic discs offer better, more consistent braking, they also weigh about 50% of their cast-iron counterparts.
Lightweight construction is again an integral part of the performance, with the front and rear fascia made from polyurethane, the front boot lid, rear deck lid and fenders made from carbon-fibre, lightweight glass for the rear and rear side windows, and a magnesium roof.
On the aerodynamic front, there is a larger lip spoiler on the front fascia, larger side skirts, and the classic fixed rear wing. The result is that there is a definite racecar vibe to new GT3 RS, while it generates twice as much downforce at 200 km/h than did the previous model.
The race-inspiration continues inside, with carbon-reinforced full bucket seats that provide a high degree of lateral support in keeping with the GT3 RS’s lateral grip, and a grippy Alcantara steering wheel with “12-o’clock” marker in yellow. Unlike a race car, there are interior door panels, but they’re lightweight and feature fabric loops instead of door handles.
Orders for the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS can be placed right now, with deliveries expected in fall 2018, carrying a price tag of $187,500 US, with the Weissach option costing $18,000 and the magnesium wheels for $13,000 on top of the Weissach package.