Porsche 911 GT3 RS breaks cover

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Porsche 911 GT3 RS
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This is the all-new Porsche 911 GT3 RS – the most extreme performance iteration of the current 911 line-up.

Unveiled today at the Geneva motor show, this is the third generation model to wear the hallowed RS badging, and features a brand new 4.0-litre flat-six motor. Developing 493bhp, the new car is the most powerful naturally aspirated 911 ever created. Power is up 25bhp over the standard GT3, which uses a 3.8-litre motor.

The new engine comes mated solely to a seven-speed twin clutch automatic gearbox. A manual is not offered even as an option – cementing the GT3's remit as a true race car for the road. Fully lit, the car will get from 0-62mph in 3.3 seconds, and – astonishingly – do 0-124mph in just 10.9 seconds.

Some of the regular 911's smooth lines have been sacrificed in the name of speed. The most noticeable aerodynamic addenda are the huge rear wing, which is combined with a smaller 'ducktail' spoiler, and the Tarmac scraping front splitter. However, the RS now features additional vents above the front wheels for the first time.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Porsche 911 GT3 RS


The interior is similarly racy; stripped out of all unnecessary trim pieces (there's even bits of fabric in place of door pulls) and fitted with fixed-back bucket seats (borrowed from the 918 hypercar), with support in the bends clearly given priority over comfort...

To maximise the car's on-track performance, Porsche's engineers have bestowed the new RS with a limited-slip differential and advanced tech such as active rear-wheel steering, which moves the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the fronts at low speeds for greater agility, and in the same direction at higher speeds for improved stability in faster corners.

The Porsche 911 GT3 RS is available to order now, priced from £131,296. The first customer deliveries are expected in May. Check it out in action in the video below.