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 |  May 10 2012, 10:15 AM

About the only thing your morning commute has in common with three-time ALMS GT2 Driver’s Champ Patrick Long is the cup of coffee.

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 |  Jun 03 2011, 11:22 AM

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One of the many worst-kept-secrets in Porsche history, the GT3 RS 4.0 didn’t become official until late April. Six weeks later, Porsche has released a new selection photos for the car that Jesus uses for track days up in heaven. (True story).

Making 500-hp from a larger displacement 4.0-liter flat-six engine, it’s up 50-hp on the GT3 RS. Combined with a curb weight of just 2,998 lbs (with a full tank of gas), Porsche claims a 7:27 lap time around the Nurburgring and a 0-60 mph time of 3.8 seconds.

Hitting that ultra-low curb weight is the result of extensive use of carbon fiber components, in particular for the seats, front fenders and luggage compartment lid. The interior is typically sparse and the suspension component have even been swapped out for similar parts to the ones used on Porsche racing cars. Being a track-derived machine that’s intended to be used on the circuit, Porsche has worked to create 426 lbs of downforce through extensive aerodynamics.

Just 600 versions of the GT3 RS 4.0 will be offered, priced from $185,000. Oh, and as expected, it’s available exclusively with a 6-speed manual transmission.

GALLERY: Porsche GT3 RS 4.0

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 |  Apr 28 2011, 7:15 AM

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After official but grainy images leaked yesterday, Porsche has now released high resolution images and complete details on the GT3 RS 4.0, making this car as official as Obama’s birth certificate.

Rumors about the ultimate GT3 proved to be true, with this race-inspired machine making 500-hp from a larger displacement 4.0-liter flat-six engine. At 50-hp more than the GT3 RS model, that’s a full 125-hp per liter. Combined with a curb weight of just 2,998 lbs (with a full tank of gas), Porsche claims a 7:27 lap time around the Nurburgring – faster than the Carrera GT, but well off the 7:18 claim of the GT2 RS.

The official engine specs list 500-hp at a lofty 8250 rpm, while 339 lb-ft of torque is available at 5750 rpm. Porsche claims a 0-60 mph time of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 193 mph.

Hitting that ultra-low curb weight is the result of extensive use of carbon fiber components, in particular for the seats, front fenders and luggage compartment lid. The interior is typically sparse and the suspension component have even been swapped out for similar parts to the ones used on Porsche racing cars. Being a track-derived machine that’s intended to be used on the circuit, Porsche has worked to create 426 lbs of downforce through extensive aerodynamics.

Just 600 versions of the GT3 RS 4.0 will be offered, priced from $185,000. Oh, and as expected, it’s available exclusively with a 6-speed manual transmission.

The GT3 RS 4.0 is the final and most raw version of the current 911 platform before Porsche introduces its next-gen model.

GALLERY: Porsche GT3 RS 4.0

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See video of the GT3 RS 4.0 after the jump:

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 |  Apr 27 2011, 7:01 AM

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If Porsche was a ship, it would be on the bottom of the ocean right now thanks to a steady leak that just keeps growing. News about the limited edition GT3 RS 4.0 model has been trickling out for quite some time now, but now we have a selection of photos to share.

No official details are confirmed, but reports indicate just 600 versions of this ultra hard-core GT3 RS model will be available, with the larger displacement engine now producing 500-hp. Look for an even lighter curb weight thanks to the use of carbon fiber components, with pricing at or over the $200,000 mark.

GALLERY: Porsche GT3 RS 4.0

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[Source: TeamSpeed]

 |  Apr 15 2011, 7:27 AM

For months rumors have been swirling about a new, higher-performance Porsche GT3 RS model, and now officials specs on the car have reportedly been leaked online. The new model, now apparently officially called the GT3 RS 4.0 get a (you guessed it) 4.0-liter flat-six engine making 500-hp, adding both 200 ccs and 50-hp over the standard model.

Priced at €150,000 (roughly $217,000 based on a straight, but inaccurate conversion), add-on options include navigation, ceramic brakes and a front suspension that can be raised or lowered on command.

The validity of the order sheet has been called into doubt, however, and we wouldn’t be surprised if its revealed as a fake.

[Source: TeamSpeed]