Porsche 911 GT3 RS revealed: a lean, mean, green machine

2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS interiors

The Porsche 911 GT3 RS sends power to the rear wheels via a 7-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic gearbox, which is faster than ever. The 911 GT3 RS can do a 0-100kmph sprint in 3.2 seconds, reaching a top speed of 312kmph (That's 2kmph more than the GT3).

The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS will make its first public appearance at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

We can see Porsche did not bother itself with many changes when it shifted from the 991 generation to the 991.2 refresh, but there are slight changes in the latest GT3 RS. And, in order to keep the GT3 RS alive and kicking, Porsche has just rejuvenated the vehicle with new updates.

It keeps the expected weight-loss regime, with polyurethane front and rear fascias, titanium muffler and exhaust tips, door pull loops on lightweight door panels, a magnesium roof, carbon fiber trunk lid and fenders, lightweight glass, 12-o'-clock stripe on the steering wheel, and less sound insulation throughout.

Helping with performance is a set of 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels wearing newly-developed 265/35 front tyres and 21-inch rear wheels with 325/30 tyres. The package includes a roll-over bar, manual fire extinguisher, preparation for a battery-disconnect switch and six-point safety-harness for a sportier driving experience.

For particularly spirited drivers, the Porsche motorsport department has created an optional Weissach package to reduce the weight of the vehicle even further.

Pricing for the package had not been announced as we went to press, but it adds $69,990 to the cost of a GT2 RS, or $62,990 if you forgo the roll cage - despite the cost, expect most cars to be Weissach-equipped. Agility on road and track should benefit from an updated suspension system influenced by that in the 911 GT2 RS, as well as adjustments to the rear-wheel-steering system.

The GT3 RS can be had in the Clubsport package at no extra cost. Optional forged magnesium wheels, weighing around 25 pounds less than the standard wheels, are available as well in conjunction with the Weissach package.

The auto will be showcased next month, and is available to order. It also effectively makes more than the GT2 RS, because while both make the same maximum downforce at top speed-750 lbs with wings in their stock settings, 992 lbs at maximum attack-the top speed of the latter is much higher, 211 miles per hour verses 193 miles per hour. It's available for order now starting at $188,550 - well above the 2018 911 GT3's $144,650 starting price (prices include destination).

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