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Geneva LIVE: Porsche 911 GT3 RS

by Drew Johnson

Porsche reveals the new 911 GT3 RS in Geneva.

Porsche has officially revealed its new 911 GT3 RS in Geneva. The new track monster represents a significant leap over the regular GT3 in terms of weight reduction and overall performance.

The GT3 RS boastsl a slew of aerodynamic enhancements, including a wide body borrowed from the 911 Turbo, large air scoops, air vents on the front fenders and, of course, a massive rear wing. The 911 GT3 RS also features a wide rear track for added grip, and unique aerodynamic features for improved downforce and grip. The 911 GT3 RS boasts an all-new, 4.0L flat-six engine. This direct-injected unit produces 500hp and 339lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful naturally aspirated DI engine in the Porsche family. The PDK transmission has been specially developed for this model, and the drivetrain combination is good for a 0-62 mph run in 3.3 seconds.

Weight has been saved by switching to a first-ever magnesium roof panel and carbon fiber engine cover and trunk lid. Not only does this combination save weight over the standard GT3, but it also results in a lower center of gravity. The trunk lid also features a unique indentation which continues through the roof and onto the engine cover, recalling the styling of air-cooled 911s.

The RS also features chassis enhancements for maximum driving dynamics and precision. Four-wheel steering and torque vectoring (including a fully variable rear limited slip differential) are included, and the wider front and rear track widths increase roll stability.

Inside, the RS features unique, carbon fiber-backed sport seats based on the 918 Spyder's. The Club Sport package (which includes the RS' signature bolt-in half-cage, battery kill switch preparation, a mounted fire extinguisher and six-point safety harnesses) is also standard. The Sport Chrono package now features smartphone integration, allowing owners to save, analyze and share performance data.

Look for the Porsche 911 GT3 RS to go on sale later this year.

Live photos by Ronan Glon.

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