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Porsche GT3 RS Revealed as Fastest 911 Yet

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Porsche has revealed its most track-focused cars to date, debuting the Cayman GT4 as well as the new GT3 RS model today at the Geneva Motor Show.

With details of the GT4 model having already been shared, the real focus of the German sports car maker’s press conference was the new flagship model of the 911 range which takes the performance of even the GT3 to new heights.

In fact, Porsche says the new RS model is, “equipped with the maximum amount of motorsport technology that is currently possible in a street-legal 911 suitable for everyday driving.”

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What that means is a long list of modifications ranging from a new engine to light weight components to custom aerodynamics.

Tucked behind the driver is a 4.0-liter flat-six engine making 500 hp and 338 lb-ft of torque mated to a unique version of Porsche’s PDK 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. With it Porsche claims a 0-60 mph time of just 3.1 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 11.2 seconds – not that GT3 drivers care for the drag strip.

As for weight savings, a total of 22 lbs has been removed courtesy of a magnesium roof, as well as carbon fiber panels for the engine and luggage compartment covers. In addition to just shedding weight, this does so where it counts, lowering the car’s center of gravity.

Design elements, that serve the RS’ function-first philosophy include a low front splitter, massive rear spoiler and unique vented venders that act to increase downforce on the front axle.

Of course the interior is a testament to the car’s race-bred performance with seats based off those in the 918 Spyder, while Alcantara is used throughout. Also notable is the white-face tachometer. The optional Sport Chrono Package includes not only a lap timer but the Porsche Track Precision app that will allow the driver to measure lap times via GPS on their smartphone. The system will also log data such as speed, acceleration, deceleration and lateral acceleration.

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Other performance highlights include rear-axle steering, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus as well as a wider track and tires. There’s even a new pit lane mode that will keep the car at a set speed when entering pit lane on a racetrack.

All of these elements combine to shed 5 seconds a lap off the standard GT3’s Nurburgring lap time for a new time of 7:20 – the fastest of any Porsche 911!

Available to order now the GT3 RS is priced from $175,900 plus a $995 destination charge. Deliveries will begin in July.

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