The 992-gen GT3 RS is the most uncompromising Porsche yet.
You don’t get to see a new 911 GT3 RS every day. In fact, there have only been three models of the car – the 996, 997, and 991. Yes, the 997.2 and 991.2 were there too, but we’ll skip those for now. What Porsche has unveiled today though, raises the bar, unlike any other RS before it. The new 992 GT3 RS gets aero wizardry, cooling improvements, lots of clever electronics, and a naturally-aspirated flat-six to power it all.
Let’s talk about the engine first. Thanks to modified cam profiles and a single-throttle intake derived from motorsport, it now makes a total of 517bhp. It’s mated to a 7-speed PDK and has a 0 – 100km/h time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 296km/h.
The elephant in the room is of course that rear wing, which, along with all of the other intricate flaps, cuts, and creases, adds 409kgs of downforce at 200km/h (twice that of the 991.2 GT3 RS) and 860kgs of downforce at 285km/h. That rear wing is also active and features a drag reduction system, to help you hit the 296km/h top speed, and even the front flap is fully active.
The wizardry doesn’t end there, oh no! While the previous-gen GT3 RS kept it rather simple with its electronics, the 992 GT3 RS gets a 7-stage traction control system, and thanks to the myriad of dials on the steering wheel, you can also adjust damping settings on the fly. What's even cooler is the fact that you can change the settings for the differential on the fly too.
Of course, one of the highlights of any RS is its lightweight. And the 992 is no different. Thanks to the liberal use of carbon fibre everywhere – including the doors, which save 5kgs each – the car weighs just 1,450kgs.
There are a lot more nerdy details about the new 992 GT3 RS that are worth mentioning, like the fact that there’s no frunk anymore and that the three-radiator setup has been replaced by a motorsport-derived single central radiator. But we’ll save those extras for later. In the meantime, join us in drooling over these pictures.