Porsche releases more powerful GT3 RS
Porsche announcing another version of its 911 is an almost monthly event these days, but the latest one is no normal 911 – it is an even more powerful version of its road-going race car, the GT3 RS.
The £128,466 limited edition model comes with the 4.0-litre naturally aspirated engine from the track-going GT3 RSR and boasts a whopping 493bhp – a boost of 58bhp over the 3.8-litre offering in the standard GT3.
This means the GT3 RS 4.0 is boasts the biggest engine in any 911 ever, and it gets to 62mph in just 3.9 seconds – a shade quicker than the 3.8's 3.9 seconds. It then doubles that speed and gets to 124mph (200km/h) in less than 12 seconds.
In order to best exploit this power, the GT3 RS 4.0 boasts a series of weight saving tricks, such as a carbon fibre bonnet and wings, plastic rear windows, bucket seats and even "weight-optimised carpets", according to the official statement.
Available only in white, the new car comes with a selection of motor racing inspired visual elements, including a large rear wing with side plates and white alloys wheels. It also features some lateral front air deflection vanes, or 'flics' on the front bumper - a first on a road-going Porsche.
Inside it gets a set of 'GT3 RS 4.0' badges and an Alcantara trimmed steering wheel and gear-lever for the manual 'box.
It also comes as standard with the half roll cage, seat belt harnesses, fire extinguisher and battery cut-off switch that comes with the normally optional Clubsport package. Just 600 will be made worldwide, and the UK is expected to get about 40 of those. Customers will get their cars from July this year.