The new Porsche GT3 RS
The 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS has come, and glory with it. Powered by a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six now good for 520 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque. This motor is the most powerful naturally aspirated powerplant 911. Acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour now happens in 3.0 seconds. There id a seven-speed PDK, top speed of 193 mph. Downforce goes up, thanks to a larger lip on the front spoiler, larger side skirts, and a reworked rear diffuser. Porsche says at 124 mph, the GT3 RS achieves twice the downforce of the current GT3 (991.2). Recalibrated rear steering and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus help dispatch corners, bucket seats with carbon-fiber-reinforced backrests hold drivers in place through those corners. New helper springs on the front and rear axles will keep the ride more planted, and NACA ducts in front, cribbed from the 911 GT2, keep the brakes cool. Porsche Motorsport maintained the expected weight-loss regime, with a magnesium roof, polyurethane front and rear fascias, carbon fiber trunk lid and fenders, titanium muffler and exhaust tips, lightweight glass, door pull loops on lightweight door panels, and less sound insulation throughout. There’ll be 20-inch wheels as standard, but can opt for forged magnesium wheels that eliminate 25 lbs at a cost of $13,000. Add on the optional Weissach Package for $18,000, and another 13 pounds go away thanks to carbon fiber roof, front and rear sway bars, coupling rods, steering wheel trim, and shift paddles. The Weissach Pack and the wheels drop weight to 3,153 lbs. The 2019 911 GT3 RS will be introduced at the next month’s Geneva Motor Show, and gets to dealers in late 2018, with a starting price of $187,500, plus $1,050 for handling and delivery.