Update: The new 911 GT3 RS officially makes its public debut at Monterey Car Week. We've added 50 photos in a new gallery showing a special version of the car, trimmed in green to honour the iconic 1972 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS is finally here. The high-performance car receives substantial upgrades to its cooling and aerodynamics systems that help enhance the car’s capabilities.
A new central radiator replaces the three-radiator setup of previous cars, freeing up space for Porsche to install new active aerodynamic elements at the front. The car is capable of producing 409 kilograms (901 pounds) of downforce at 124 miles per hour (200 kilometres per hour), twice as much as its 991.2-gen predecessor, and 860 kg (1,895 pounds) at 177 mph (285 kph). The car even features a drag reduction system, a first for a production Porsche.
Gallery: 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Tribute To 1972 Carrera RS
Powering the 911 GT3 RS is the brand’s naturally aspirated 4.0-litre flat-six engine. It produces 518 bhp (386 kilowatts) thanks to new camshafts with modified cam profiles, featuring a motorsport-derived single-throttle intake system. Porsche routes the car’s power through its seven-speed PDK gearbox.
Gallery: 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
Porsche says the GT3 RS will reach 62 mph (100 kph) in 3.2 seconds, and 60 mph in 3.0. It can reach a top track speed of 184 mph (296 kph). Stopping power comes from the six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes, with the automaker offering its larger Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake system as an option. Staggered 20- and 21-inch forged light-alloy centre-lock wheels connect the car to the ground.
The 911 GT3 RS keeps its weight down thanks to the extensive use of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP). It helps the car weigh just 1,482 kg (3,268 lbs), and Porsche uses it for the doors, front wings, bucket seats, and more.
Porsche will allow buyers to upgrade to the Clubsport package at no extra charge, but it won’t be available in the US. This adds a steel rollover bar, a six-point seatbelt, and a hand-held fire extinguisher. The car will also be available with the Weissach pack, but it’ll cost £25,739, or £22,515 without the rollover bar. It includes a carbon-weave finish on several exterior components and more CFRP parts like the front and rear anti-roll bars, the rear axle sheer panel, and the interior rollover bar. Those who get the Weissach pack can also upgrade to the optional magnesium forged wheels to save even more weight
The new 911 GT3 RS has a wider track than the GT3 – 29 millimetres (1.14 inches). The extra width translates over to the car’s suspension, which couldn’t escape aerodynamic scrutiny. Porsche designed the car’s double-wishbone front axle with teardrop-shaped profiles that increase the downforce by 40 kg (88 lbs) at top speed.
There are three drive modes: Normal, Sport, and Track. Track mode allows the driver to adjust basic vehicle settings, like the front and rear axle damping, the rear differential, and more. The steering wheel features four rotary controls for individual settings and a dedicated DRS button.
The 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS is available to order now in the UK for £178,500 RRP.