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Geneva: Porsche unveils 911 GT3 RS, promises "a pure race track version" of Cayman GT4 [w/video]

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Porsche President and CEO Matthias Müller just announced the new 911 GT3 RS at the Geneva International Motor Show, stating that the company's top, track-focused sports car can lap the Nürbugring Nordschleife in 7 minutes and 20 seconds. Müller said the GT3 RS will "remain the top 911 with a license plate."

Perhaps just as thrilling, he also stated, "A pure race track version (of the Cayman GT4) will follow later in the year."

Back to the GT3 RS. Prospective GT3 RS owners probably care more about the car's race track prowess, but it will dispatch 0-60 miles per hour in 3.1 seconds and the quarter mile in 11.2. The RS does it with a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat six making 500 horsepower and 338 pound-feet of torque, a specially designed PDK automatic transmission, and, of course, a lightweight diet consisting of a magnesium roof (a first for a 911), decklid and hood in carbon fiber. Together, these features alone make the GT3 RS 22 pounds lighter than a GT3 and lower the car's center of gravity.

The top 911 starts out with a Turbo body and is built up with GT3 RS components, which include the aforementioned roof, hood, and decklid, plus unique front spoiler lip and massive rear wing. Vents in the front fenders, like what you'll see on almost any endurance race car, increase downforce at the front. You'll find the widest tires of any 911 model fitted to the GT3 RS. Helping to put the power down through those large contact patches are Porsche's torque vectoring system paired with a fully variable rear axle differential lock, and wider track front and rear thanks to those bigger tires.

To further enhance the motorsport feel of the car, a Pit Speed button is fitted, as well as the ability to declutch by pulling back both shift paddles at the same time, or "Paddle Neutral."

Inside, there's a lot of Alcantara, like the GT3. Unlike the GT3, full carbon-fiber bucket seats based off of those in the 918 Spyder are bolted to the floor. If buyers opt for the Sport Chrono Package, they'll also get the Porsche Track Precision app for use with smartphones. The app can measure lap times using GPS, record deceleration and acceleration figures, and detect driving direction.

Read more about the GT3 RS here, which includes specifications based off of an information leak a little over a week ago.

The GT3 RS starts at $175,900, not including the $995 destination charge, and can be ordered now. It will launch in the US in early July 2015.

Porsche also released an onslaught of interactive media on the GT3 RS, including a video which you can watch below, a microsite with a web video series featuring the new RS and 919 Hybrid factory driver Brendon Hartley, and technical features, specifications, and a photo gallery at Porsche's US website.

Source: Porsche
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