The racing edge- Porsche's 997 GT3 RS ver 1

Stuttgart. With effect from October 2006, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG of Stuttgart, Germany, launches the new 911 GT3 RS on the European market. This purist variant of the GT3 is particularly suited for use on the track. The GT3 RS is distinguished by its performance capability and the unadulterated driving experience enjoyed with a racing car, but also meets all requirements for road-legal sports cars.

The exceptionally lively engine boasts a displacement of 3.6 liters to generate 305 kW (415 bhp) at 7,600 rpm. Maximum revs are reached at 8,400 rpm. The power output per liter of engine capacity is 115.3 bhp. These figures correspond to the present GT3. But the RS puts in an even better performance. Thanks to a close-ratio six-speed transmission with a single-mass flywheel and the 20 kg lower vehicle weight, the engine revs up even more freely, thus enabling the 911 GT3 RS to sprint from zero to 100 km per hour in 4.2 seconds. That's one tenth of a second faster than the GT3. It takes just 13.3 seconds to hit to 200 km per hour. Maximum speed is 310 km per hour.

The reference "RS" will quicken the pulse of Porsche connoisseurs. Models such as the legendary Carrera RS 2.7 of 1972 and the type 964 911 RS (1991) were also sports cars that stood out on account of an extreme degree of maneuverability and handling. That tradition is continued with the new 911 GT3 RS. In common with its predecessors, it provides a basic and pre-approval model for use in a range of racing series.

One characteristic of the new "RS" is the body, which is 44 mm wider at the rear (a legacy from the Carrera 4 models) by comparison with the 911 GT3. The muscular-looking rear end conceals a wider track that not only improves roll stiffness but also increases the transverse acceleration potential of this two-seater coupe.

Despite its characteristic widebody, the "RS" is 20 kg lighter than the GT3, weighing in at just 1,375 kg. This weight-saving was achieved by the use, amongst other solutions, of an adjustable carbon fiber wing, the use of a plastic rear lid and a lightweight plastic rear window(Europe & RoW only). The corresponding power-to-weight-ratio is 4.5 kg/kW.

With a view to the registration regulations for the important FIA GT3 Grand Touring championships as future fields of application, the road version of the GT3 RS has resorted to technical solutions that will also feature in the racing version. These solutions include the entire wheel carrier and split control arms on the rear axle, in addition to the carbon fiber components of the body. (Note: the 2006 997.1 GT3 RS was the only model homologated under 997 GT3 Cup S while the earlier 997.1 GT3 Cup based on the 997.1 and Mezger engine was one of the first few to be homologated under FIA GT3 when it became official in 2005 as mooted by the SRO Group. The 997 GT3 RSR was ironically homologated under FIA GT2 class)

And the interior(Europe & RoW models) lives up to the vehicle's sporting aspirations: 2 lightweight bucket seats made of carbon fiber composite materials and the club sports package come as standard. There is a bolted roll cage and the pre-wiring for the battery main switch. A six-point seatbelt for the driver and a fire extinguisher are also provided. Internal trims are black, with the roof lining, steering wheel and gear stick trimmed in high-quality Alcantara leather.

The available finishes are Arctic Silver metallic or black; as an option, the GT3 can also be obtained in orange or green. All vehicle insignia and the wheels themselves are styled in orange or black to contrast with the body paintwork.

The basic price for the 911 GT3 RS is €111,600 (excluding country-specific requirements). In Germany, the coupe costs €129,659 including sales tax. The GT3 RS will also be available for sale on the North American market from March 2007.


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