Monday, May 29, 2006

2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS: No Turbo? No Problem, Part II

Lighter, Wider, Quicker: The 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Updated: Scroll for details.

Oh, baby.

What else is one supposed to say about the just-unveiled Porsche 911 GT3 RS?

Based on the all-new 997-based GT3, the RS shares its sibling's power numbers (its 3.6 liter six-cylinder produces the same 415 normally-aspirated horsepower), but ups the ante by shaving 20kg off its overall weight and leveraging an RS-exclusive six-speed transmission featuring closer gear ratios and a different flywheel. The weight loss comes primarily from the use of carbon fiber for the seats and rear wing and plastic for the rear window and engine cover.

As a result, the RS makes the sprint to 100 kph (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds, shaving a tenth off the "base" GT3's time. 0-200 kph arrives in a scant 13.3 seconds, and top speed is reported to be 310kph (187 mph).

From the outside, the RS screams, "Weekend Racer!" to all who see it. The familiar GT3 look is enhanced through the use of the wider bodywork from the 911 carrera 4 models, and is dominated by its adjustable rear wing. Esterior colors are Black, Silver, Orange or Green, with the RS trim and wheels finished in either black or orange to contrast the main color.

Inside, the car is track-ready with a built in roll-cage, fire extinguisher, alacantra covered racing seats, and a racing harness for the driver. It comes in one color: black.

The GT3 RS hits the street this October at £94,280. That price includes the new Porsche Vehicle Tracking System and enrollment in the Porsche Driving Experience program.

The previous generation GT3 RS was not available in the US, and until we hear otherwise from Porsche, one must assume that's still the case with the new 997-based model.

Update 5/30/06: Well, we have heard otherwise from Porsche. I contacted the company's UK press office, and they responded with some completely unexpected and very welcome news:

The Porsche 911 GT3 RS is coming to the US in early 2007.

Start clearing out that second garage bay....


Related: Geneva 2006: Porsche 911 GT3 - No Turbo? No Problem

Source, Photos: Porsche UK