Porsche announces the 911 GT3 RS–the most advanced road-going 911 ever?

Colin
By Colin Wood
Aug 17, 2022 | Porsche, 911, Track Car, 911 GT3, 911 GT3 RS

Photography Courtesy Porsche

Does anybody really need 518 horsepower and a big rear wing that sits higher than the roof to go to Piggly Wiggly and back? Not really, but that hasn’t stopped Porsche from pushing the GT3 envelope even further by introducing the 911 GT3 RS.

More powerful than the “standard” GT3 by 16 more horsepower, the GT3 RS comes powered by a naturally-aspirated, 4.0-liter engine upgraded with new camshafts with modified cam profiles. In total, this allows the car to hit 60 mph in under 3 seconds, and continue to accelerate–through all seven of the PDK’s gears–to a top speed of 184 mph.

Borrowing a bunch of tech from the winning 911 RSR and GT3 R racers, the new RS features a single angled radiator in the car’s nose, adjustable elements on the front and rear wing, a drag reduction system and even an intake on the underside of the car to help cool the close-ratio gearbox.

Connecting the Porsche to the road is a set of 275/35R20 front and 335/30R21 rear tires wrapped around alloy center-locking wheels. Stopping is handled by ceramic composite brakes measuring 16 inches up front and 15 inches in the rear.

Still not enough for you? There’s also the optional Weissach package:

The Weissach package, which is available at extra cost, includes a considerable number of changes to the standard vehicle. The hood, roof, parts of the rear wing and the upper portion of the side mirrors housing feature visible carbon fiber.

The front and rear anti-roll bars, the rear coupling rods and the shear panel on the rear axle are made of CFRP and contribute to a further enhancement of the driving dynamics. Another highlight of the Weissach package is the PDK shift paddles with motorsport-derived magnet technology. This makes gear changes feel especially precise thanks to a pressure point and a clearly perceptible click. Forged magnesium wheels are included in the Weissach package and save 17.6 lbs of unspring weight compared to the standard wheels.

So how much does this all cost? Approximately 8 brand-new Miatas, or $223,800. Look for it in a Porsche dealership near you starting in the Spring of 2023.

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BlueInGreen - Jon
BlueInGreen - Jon UltraDork
8/17/22 12:22 p.m.

A car that's beyond my wildest needs or aspirations but... For some reason it makes me happy that it's still naturally aspirated.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
8/17/22 12:32 p.m.

I tried my best to highlight the most important tech fitted to the car, but Porsche really went all-out with this one.

Here's the full press release if you really want to read more about the GT3 RS:

Purpose-built for performance: the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS

DaleCarter
DaleCarter GRM+ Memberand New Reader
8/17/22 12:34 p.m.

Such awesome cars. If I ever get one, the vanity plate will read "PWRBALL" because that is where I got the cash :-)

adam525i
adam525i GRM+ Memberand Dork
8/17/22 12:56 p.m.

That thing is wild, I bet it sounds glorious on a track.

Number1Gaza
Number1Gaza GRM+ Memberand Reader
8/17/22 2:49 p.m.

If I won the lottery, this is the car I'd buy.  Although in a 100% ideal world, this would  be offered with a manual.  I think the non-RS version may come with a stick? 

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
8/17/22 3:04 p.m.

Gonna be a lot of Montana license plates on these things.

Tom1200
Tom1200 UberDork
8/17/22 3:10 p.m.

I've driven an earlier one on track and at that time made the comment

"sell your house live under the freeway but do whatever you have to to get one"

They are that good. 

kb58
kb58 SuperDork
8/17/22 6:01 p.m.

I was at the 2019 Virginia City Hillclimb and a Porsche GT2 RS showed up. It was an unbeatable combination of this car and a very good pilot, setting a new course record, previously held by a Ferrari F40 on race tires. It was, and is, as the Brits say, "a serious bit of kit."

STM317
STM317 PowerDork
8/17/22 7:26 p.m.

Savage machine!

Also, it's crazy that actual cars from real car companies are starting to look more and more like khyzhl saleem renderings:

ArtStation - RUF

r/carporn - Porsche GT3RS design by Khyzyl Saleem (Instagram: the_kyza)

350z247
350z247 Reader
8/18/22 1:23 p.m.

In reply to STM317 :

I'm not sure you and I are looking at the same pictures...

STM317
STM317 PowerDork
8/18/22 1:38 p.m.

In reply to 350z247 :

Ok then. Not identical, just saying that the trend is heading that way. I see scoops and fins and huge wings and widened arches and aero components that aren't body colored on both the actual Porsche and the renderings. It's pretty aggressive by Porsche standards.

350z247
350z247 Reader
8/18/22 2:46 p.m.

In reply to STM317 :

Yes, but I'm going to give him and people like him zero credit for that. Porsche does things because they work, not because of how they look. Even companies like Lamborghini doesn't do frivolous vents and wings anymore. Aero is becoming a bigger and bigger part of factory performance; but it's chasing lap times, not Instagram renderings.

wearymicrobe
wearymicrobe PowerDork
8/18/22 3:41 p.m.

Not that I have any reason to doubt Porsches numbers. But they say that 85% of all the GT3 RS end up being purchased by people who will track them. 

Not sure where they get that number but I have a hard time understanding how the ven diagram of people who can afford a RS and people who can actually drive a RS in a enjoyable fashion at a track is big enough to support that. 

adam525i
adam525i GRM+ Memberand Dork
8/18/22 4:54 p.m.

In reply to wearymicrobe :

I'm sure that number could be further divided into the people that drive them on track at a Porsche Experience Center/Porsche days at other tracks and those that are more serious using the cars regularly with PCA etc. where the car is mainly used for that purpose. There always seems to be a number of them anytime I am running with BMW CCA or even at our local tracks for some open lapping.

 

BlueInGreen - Jon
BlueInGreen - Jon UltraDork
8/18/22 5:08 p.m.

I wonder how many people buy a GT3RS because they are already seriously into track stuff and it's one of the best tools for the job, as opposed to someone buying one and later deciding "hey I have a fast car, maybe I'll try a track day."

chandler
chandler UltimaDork
8/18/22 10:29 p.m.
kb58 said:

I was at the 2019 Virginia City Hillclimb and a Porsche GT2 RS showed up. It was an unbeatable combination of this car and a very good pilot, setting a new course record, previously held by a Ferrari F40 on race tires. It was, and is, as the Brits say, "a serious bit of kit."

This one passed me today outside Cleveland

wearymicrobe
wearymicrobe PowerDork
8/19/22 1:53 p.m.
adam525i said:

In reply to wearymicrobe :

I'm sure that number could be further divided into the people that drive them on track at a Porsche Experience Center/Porsche days at other tracks and those that are more serious using the cars regularly with PCA etc. where the car is mainly used for that purpose. There always seems to be a number of them anytime I am running with BMW CCA or even at our local tracks for some open lapping.

 

Agreed. It just I live in La La land where RS's and Hurrican STO's and Evo's are pretty common and they never ever get used on the track. In the Viper ACR world I would bet money that 85% of the cars see the track and 70% of them see open passing days. Quite a few get cut up and turned into full comp cars. 

But at the end of the day almost every single one of the hard core track guys ended up with Comp coupe vipers as they are a better for actually maintaining and using on the track. There are a bunch of used 911 RSR and cup cars out there for sale with no cost premium to buy. 

 

110K for something like this makes sense for track use. The markup on a RS right now is over 100K allegedly. 

https://www.dupontregistry.com/autos/listing/2014/porsche/911--gt3--cup/160

adam525i
adam525i GRM+ Memberand Dork
8/19/22 2:23 p.m.
wearymicrobe said:                                                                                                                              
110K for something like this makes sense for track use. The markup on a RS right now is over 100K allegedly. 

https://www.dupontregistry.com/autos/listing/2014/porsche/911--gt3--cup/160

Low miles too!

Two years ago there were a pair of GT2 RS that were trailered in running with BMW CCA at Mosport, last year it seemed like those cars were replaced with used Cup cars. Makes perfect sense to me, there's probably even a supply of decent lightly used tires for them too. 

preach (dudeist priest)
preach (dudeist priest) GRM+ Memberand Dork
8/19/22 3:40 p.m.

I waited a few days to post thinking on this.

The thing has just gone past my realm of fun, I guess. To much electronic wizardly stuff for me. Four button/knobs on the steering wheel? Sure for a race car.

I get the the large percentage of buyers will primarily track these and will likely love it.

While I absolutely love the marque, it does not pain me that I cannot afford one of these. Kind of a "meh, neat."

I think my limit with newer Porsches is a 6spd GT4. PDK does nothing for me. I don't care that it shifts fast et. al. Forget about "adjustable torque vectoring" and all of that other "cheater" crap.

Let me row the gears.

Hell, it pains me that I have to hit a button in my sports car to make it more sporty every time I get in it. My Cayman should be set up that I have to turn that off if I want the smoother ride. I did not buy the damn thing comfortably cruise around town. I bought it to knock our collective dick off in the mountains and canyons. Let me taste seat leather when I push my limit too far in the thing.

Don't get me wrong, I love the new GT3 RS, it just not tick many of my boxes.

wearymicrobe
wearymicrobe PowerDork
8/23/22 12:08 p.m.

So yeah Porsche is doing the Ferrari thing again on the RS and the standard GT3.

Local friend has been on the GT3 list for a while, has had a ton of Porsche's and was told he could get one at a bit of a markup. 

Now availability only too "loyal Porsche owners" was the line. I guess the 911 Turbo he has is not "loyal" enough. This is coming from a guy who has a 06 Ford GT and actually drives it 6K miles a year and is the perfect owner for a GT3 or RS and will actually use the car. 

Porsche just build enough of them +1 for all the buyers and be done with it. Nobody except people already on the Porsche "list" is going to see one of these things ever. 

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