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The Porsche 911 GT3 RS
"This Porsche is Beast Mode..."
The Porsche 911 series is considered by some to be the quintessential sports car.
There is an even more concentrated core community among them that sees the GT3 as the pinnacle achievement of this iconic line, race-bred with countless victories in the world's most difficult endurance races.
The Porsche brand is one of the most prestigious in the world of performance automobiles, and this prestige is reflected heavily in their production cars.
The GT3's success is unquestionably among the best of its age.
The GT3 RS is basically a street-legal, raw track-ready upgrade over its already impressive GT3 sibling, following in the great tradition of Porsche's racing programs. “RS for ‘Rennsport' – German for ‘Motorsport' – is one of the most evocative designations in Porsche's history,” Porsche says.
In 2015, Porsche introduced the RS variant of the 991 GT3 at the Geneva Motor Show.
In comparison to the 991 GT3, the front fenders now have louvers above the wheels, and the rear fenders have Turbo-style intakes instead of an intake below the rear wing. Magnesium is used to construct the roof.
Complete bucket seats (based on the 918 Spyder's carbon seats), carbon fiber inserts, lightweight door handles, and the Club Sport Package come standard (a bolted-on roll-cage behind the front seats, preparation for a battery master switch, and a six-point safety harness for the driver and fire extinguisher with mounting bracket).
The suspension is completely customizable, much like a racing Porsche. Ride height, camber, toe angle, and front/rear anti-roll bars are just a few of the options.
Limited Edition Print
Porsche 911 GT3 RS print
Hand signed by Alfred Newbury
In addition, the RS model has split rear wishbones, which allows for more precise rear camber adjustment. The wheelbase has also been lengthened to improve stability and performance.
The 991 GT3's 3.8-litre engine is replaced with a 4.0-litre unit that produces 500 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque.
Only a seven-speed PDK transmission is available. The drive-train accelerates from zero to sixty miles per hour in 3.3 seconds (0.6 seconds faster than the 997 GT3 RS 4.0) and from zero to 124 miles per hour in 10.9 seconds.
The 991 GT3 RS also has features including "paddle neutral" de-clutching, which is similar to pressing the clutch on a traditional manual gearbox, and a Pit Speed Limiter button. There's rear-axle steering and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus with completely variable rear axle differential lock, much like the 991 GT3.
With an experienced driver, this car will complete the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7 minutes and 20 seconds.
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