Porsche has dropped the covers off its ultimate naturally aspirated 911 – the GT3 RS 4.0. Set to be the grand finale of the current 911 series, codenamed 997 this street-legal track racer will likely be the final special edition before an all-new model is unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September.
Limited to just 600 vehicles, there is some serious racing pedigree underpinning the GT3 RS 4.0 with the new model’s boxer engine using a crankshaft lifted straight from the 911 GT3 RSR racing car and the forged pistons’ connecting rods fashioned from titanium. It will be available exclusively with a six-speed sports manual gearbox.
The four-litre displacement sports engine, the biggest 911 model line engine ever, is also the most powerful naturally aspirated engine ever built by Porsche. Maximum power is now 368 kW (500
hp) at 8,250 rpm, that’s 92 kW of power per litre. Maximum torque is 460 Nm at 5,750 rpm.
The 911 GT3 RS 4.0 will offer some stunning performance with a recorded lap time of 7m 27s for the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. That’s 1.7 seconds faster than the Carrera GT and 6 seconds faster than the GT3 RS. So it’s a very serious machine.
In as straight line the GT3 RS 4.0 will sprint to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and its racing-inspired gearing takes it to 200 km/h in under 12 seconds.
The 911 GT3 RS 4.0’s driving dynamics are the result of some exact detailing. In addition to using the suspension components typically encountered in motor racing, weight reduction is also of supreme importance – evidenced by light weight components such as bucket seats, bonnet and front guards made of carbon fibre, plastic rear windows and even weight-optimised carpets. The two-seater’s ready-for-road weight is a mere 1,360 kilograms with a full tank of fuel.
On the outside, this limited-edition 911 is painted white to emphasise its dynamic stance and link to 911 racing cars. Trademark characteristics are the wide track, low ride height, large rear wing with side plates, twin central tailpipes and aerodynamically optimised body. The precision aerodynamic engineering of this model is underlined with lateral front air deflection vanes, called “flics”, which make their debut on a production Porsche. The flics increase down force on the front axle and together with the steeply inclined rear wing combine to create positive down force of 190 kg at top speed. The RS 4.0 decals are optional.
Local deliveries of the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 commence towards the end of 2011, with New Zealand currently allocated 2 units of the restricted worldwide production.
Local specification and pricing of Porsche’s ultimate naturally aspirated 911 road car will be announced shortly but the car will launch in Germany with a €178,596 price tag ($327,800 NZD).
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