The Porsche 911 GT3 RS model has not been revealed yet, but Auto Express can reveal some details of the lighter, more hardcore homologation model.
Testing for the new RS is already underway, with racing driver Walter Rohrl admitting that it’s been around the Nurburgring, though testing at the famous track is currently suspended due to snow. Like its predecessor the RS takes the GT3 to even greater levels, Rohrl highlighting the aero package increases the downforce by around 50 per cent over the standard car.
To achieve that the GT3 RS will feature a completely revised aero package, with winglets on the front spoiler - much like those that featured on the 997 4.0 GT3 RS. Tyre tests of the new car are under way in Italy, the new RS riding on a wider track than the standard car, necessitating slightly wider front and rear bodywork.
The rest of the package will remain true to the RS doctrine, so lighter panels, thinner glass and an even more stripped, austere interior will feature. Like the GT3, the RS will be PDK only, Porsche insiders saying that despite reservations the response to the paddle-shifted, two-pedal GT3 has been resoundingly positive.
It’s likely the RS will feature revisions to both the gear ratios and the shifting strategy. As with previous RS models engine management changes should allow a slightly higher maximum revs, with a modest increase in power over the 475bhp of the standard GT3, too.
These changes, allied to the reduction in weight, should see the RS better the GT3’s current 0-62mph time of 3.5secs, though the 196mph maximum speed will be reduced due the significantly increased downforce. The GT3’s 7 min 25 sec Nurburgring laptime is set to tumble, too, though we’ll have to wait for a while to learn exactly by how much.
Although Porsche is officially saying nothing about the new RS early details are due to be revealed next month, while its debut is anticipated to be late summer. If you’ve not already spoken about ordering one, you’d better be quick, as demand, as ever, will be high.