NÜRBURG, Germany — A flimsy air fence is the only thing separating my borrowed Porsche 911 GT3 RS from the baddest-ass racetrack on earth. The proximity is so tempting, you could hardly blame me for my smoldering fantasy to ditch the Nürburgring’s sterile Grand Prix circuit and hit the hallowed Nordschleife, unfettering all 512 horses on the forest-lined über track.I’m officially here to test Porsche’s newest RS model, but given the new Porsche’s large-scale aspirations, the Grand Theft Auto-style “What if?” becomes an irresistible reverie. The 690-hp 911 GT2 RS that plays big brother to the GT3 RS is the reigning king of the ’Ring, with a blazing lap time of 6 minutes, 47.25 seconds, but the non-turbo GT3 RS, the most powerful normally aspirated 911 ever, is only nine seconds behind the twin-turbo range-topper. With a lap time of 6:56.4, it’s a shocking 22 seconds quicker than its predecessor and holds the … [Read more...] about First Drive: 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
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4 Imagine being loaned Highclere Castle for the weekend but told you can only use the gate-house, or someone pulling the cork of a bottle of Chateau Petrus and allowing you only to sniff its contents. Now you have some idea of the frustrations inherent in trying to drive the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS on the public road. The GT3 RS is not just the latest in a long line of increasingly nutty 911-based machines developed by Porsche’s Motorsport department, it is also the last production 911 of any kind of the current generation. Later this year an all-new version of the 911 will be unveiled and the cycle will start again. But this GT3 RS is different not only in its specification to all previous GT3... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free … [Read more...] about Porsche 911 GT3 RS review: the ultimate driver’s car?
Er, yeah, so, spoiler alert: it's quite good. The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS, of second-gen 991 generation, is here. And it'll stay here until the next-generation 911 (the 992) knocks the current 911 out of production next year. The accessibility stuff first: it's £141,346 and not strictly limited in numbers, per se, but you'll know how it is if you've tried to get one: there won't be enough. There's a Weissach Pack (28kg lighter) coming later too. Production is limited by supplier deals and how many Porsche can squeeze down the line while fulfilling other 911 orders, plus the fact that its emissions mean it's homologated for 1,000 units in the EU this year (registered before September), before it'll have to be fitted with a petrol particulate filter (which later on it will be). Right. That sorted, now the interesting bits. The GT3 RS is, in a way, a GT2 RS but with a naturally-aspirated motor. Suspension is, like the 2, rose/heim/rod end bearing jointed, for immense precision. The … [Read more...] about Porsche 911 GT3 RS: Driven
Tweet TweetWell now, this is nice. Even the somewhat annoying Porsche drivers got themselves a bit of trouble in their future as there’s a recall turning up. Oh and it gets better. Not only is this a recall for Porsche, it’s a recall for their most iconic of products, the 911. Making this new recall the cherry on top is the fact that it’s the GT3 version, one of their most track focused products. What the NHTSA has been alerted to, is that the rear wheel hubs are prone to failure. This is said to happen under specific driving conditions. The latter is what is surprising. Basically, we’re told that the rear wheel hubs might fail when the car is driven in conditions that are not mentioned. Nobody is likely to admit to the NHTSA how they drove the wheels off their Porsche 911 GT3. In the meantime, the authorities are not amused. Porsche will have to replace the wheel hubs without charging the owners anything. It sounds a little unfair on the German sports car … [Read more...] about 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 gets a recall
Andreas Preuninger, the head of Porsche's GT division, owns a 2012 Ram 1500 long-box. He mostly uses it to haul his motorcycles. It apparently won't fit in his parking spot at work. It's a far cry from the lightweight, track-focused 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS that was revealed this month at the Geneva Motor Show, though both vehicles were built for a specific purpose. Porsche followed the GT3 RS reveal in Geneva with the reveal of the Weissach Package at the 2018 New York Auto Show. The latter is an $18,000 weight-loss program that replaces parts like the roof and some suspension components with carbon fiber. The total weight savings could also be gained by spending some time at the gym, but Porsche expects the take rate to be as high as 90 percent. (A savvy collector might be better off not checking the box, making their car a rare one. The could even spend the cash on something more practical.) But it's not just about what makes sense financially. It's about building the best, most … [Read more...] about Porsche 911 GT3 gets no turbos or hybrid, at least for now
If you want a hardcore track-focused monster that can also be driven on the road, you buy a Porsche 911 GT3 RS. It’s the only way. Sure, there was the BMW M4 GTS but that wasn’t as good as the GT3 RS and it was so limited that only a select few could buy one. Many track-focused sports cars have come and gone but the 911 GT3 has been the only constant and the best of them all. And this latest one is the best one yet. Packing a slightly revised version of the same 4.0 liter, naturally-aspirated flat-six engine, the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS makes 514 hp and 346 lb-ft of torque. That makes it the most powerful naturally-aspirated 911 ever. When paired with its as-standard seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox, the 911 GT3 RS can get from 0-60 mph in a claimed three seconds flat. That’s damn quick for a naturally-aspirated flat-six engine. What’s special about this specific car, the one that debuted at the 2018 New York Auto Show, is that it comes with the … [Read more...] about 2018 NYIAS: Porsche 911 GT3 RS
To you and I, the R8 RWS is just another version of Audi's mid-engined supercar - RWS stands for Rear Wheel Series, which indicates the removal of the front driveshafts. This is the first rear-driven R8 and it'll be limited to 999 units worldwide, split across Coupe and Spyder body styles. The R8 range grows a little; life goes on. But within the boardrooms and offices of Audi Sport, the R8 RWS must seem like an enormous gamble. In fact, we know it's an enormous gamble for Audi because it's taken the company twelve years to take it. For one thing, building a rear-wheel drive version of a halo model undermines the core brand value Audi has spent the last few decades cultivating. If we all drive the RWS and say it's more enjoyable than the existing R8, what on earth does that say about Quattro? It's like Tesla turning its back on batteries and electric motors altogether and fitting its next model with a stinking great V8 instead. And for another, even more troubling thing, by producing … [Read more...] about Audi R8 RWS vs Porsche 911 GT3
Porsche just put up the configurator for the new 911 GT3 RS, and naturally, that has us daydreaming about our perfect spec for this new track weapon. And of course, we're curious about how you'd order yours, so we've opened up the comments for your suggestions. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below But first, mine. As you can see, it's orange, Lava Orange to be specific. The shade of green Porsche launched the new GT3 RS is totally lovely, but I think orange just suits this car so well, especially with the "GT3 RS" script above the side sills. The only other visual option I'd chose are satin platinum wheels.For performance options, I'd definitely get carbon-ceramic brakes, which are expensive at over $9000, but seem necessary for a track car like this, and a front-axle lift system. That splitter is very low, so the lift also feels essential.Now, I'm torn on the Weissach Package. It brings 13.4 lbs of weight savings, but it comes at a cost of $18,000. Eventually, you'll be able to … [Read more...] about How Would You Order a Porsche 911 GT3 RS?
Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) has launched the new Porsche 911 GT3 in Malaysia. Unveiled in March this year, we are the first market in ASEAN to get Zuffenhausen’s track-bred sports car, which has moved to the facelifted 991 body. First, we’ll answer the big question – the new 911 GT3 is available here with a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, but “proponents of pure unadulterated driving” (I see some nodding away while making an Obama “not bad” face now) can order a six-speed manual from SDAP. Stick shift fans, have you been addressed in such a way before? Besides the reappearance of the manual gearbox (the previous one was PDK-only), there’s also a new engine. Replacing the 3.8 litre unit is a naturally aspirated 4.0 litre flat-six developing 500 hp at 8,250 rpm and 460 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. Click to enlarge The motor is “virtually unchanged” from that one in the 911 GT3 Cup race car (both are manufactured … [Read more...] about Porsche 911 GT3 launched in Malaysia
I stopped counting at 11, any significance to the number a happy coincidence. I always record my conversations with Randy Pobst, held in the doorway of whatever car he’s just lapped. It’s best to get him while everything’s fresh, before anyone says anything that might color his impressions. Today, his impressions were things of beauty.“There’s very little to complain about,” he said. “It behaves so beautifully. The balance is so beautiful. You still have to be a little bit careful not going to power too soon. You still have to remember you’re in a 911 in situations like that.”Beauty, being subjective, is of course in the eye of the beholder, and it was all Randy could get a hold of.“It was a beautiful experience, like there was a light from heaven shining down on the car going around the track,” he said. “It was that kind of … otherworldly kind of perfection. Incredibly enjoyable. Not much to complain … [Read more...] about 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 First Test: Beauty Beheld