2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Delivers 520 Naturally Aspirated Horsepower
Set to make its public debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Porsche has officially unveiled the updated 911 GT3 RS.
Photos of the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS leaked earlier this month, but now the German automaker has released specifications and details for its updated sports car. The 4.0-liter naturally aspirated engine, also found in the 911 GT3, sports 520 horsepower and has been combined with a running-gear setup that features recalibrated rear-axle steering designed for maximum dynamics and precision, says Porsche. That’s an increase of 20 hp compared to the previous GT3 RS and the GT3.
The powerplant is paired to a seven-speed PDK transmission, which helps the updated 911 GT3 RS hit 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in 3.2 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 194 mph (312 km/h).
The sports car continues looking like a race car for the streets, with its wide design complemented by a rigid rear wing. Inside, there are full bucket seats made of carbon, along with lightweight door panels with storage nets and opening loops. Helping further reduce weight are reduced sound absorption and a new rear lid.
The 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS rolls on lightweight 20-inch wheels with newly developed 265/35 sport tires up front, while larger 21-inch wheels are paired to 325/30 rubber in the rear for improved traction.
Shoppers can opt for the Clubsport package for no additional cost, which includes a roll-over bar, a manual fire extinguisher, preparation for a battery disconnect switch, and a six-point belt.
More ambitious drivers that plan on taking their new 911 GT3 RS to the track can get the optional Weissach package for further weight reduction. The package includes even more carbon components for the chassis, interior, and exterior, along with optional magnesium wheels. According to Porsche, the package reduces the weight of the 911 GT3 RS down to 3,153 pounds (1,430 kilograms) in its lightest configuration.
Porsche is now taking orders for the new 911 GT3 RS and it will be priced from $188,550 including destination. The Weissach Package will cost $18,000 and the optional magnesium wheels will be $13,000 additional.
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