Porsche is continuing its famed RS tradition with a limited edition 911 GT3 RS, a thoroughbred circuit racer legally qualified for road use.

Porsche is continuing its famed RS tradition with a limited edition 911 GT3 RS, a thoroughbred circuit racer legally qualified for road use.

The sports car débuts at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September and goes on sale shortly thereafter. According to , Porsche will build about 200 cars.

The “RS” in the model name will cause the hearts of Porsche enthusiasts and motor racing fans to beat faster and brings back memories of models such as the Carrera RS 2,7 (1972) and the 911 SC RS (1984). The 911 GT3 RS is a homologation model intended to serve as a basis for motorsport activities in accordance with the new international GT rules. The RS stands for Renn Sport (Race Sport).

The 3,6-litre engine (mated to a close-ratio six-speed gearbox) develops 280 kW of power at 7 300 r/min. Porsche says it sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 4,4 seconds and reaches 200 km/h in 14, with a top speed of 306 km/h. The new model tips the scales at 1 360 kg with a full load of fuel (90 litres) in the tank.

An air collector located under the rear wing uses pressure build-up there to supply extra intake air at high speeds, so that the “RS” reaches its maximum power output even more easily.

All cars have a white paint finish, with the inscriptions only in blue or red, also in the tradition of its famous predecessors. The RS’s interior is stripped: there is no air-conditioning, no centre console and no cubbyhole, instead it has a competition roll cage, six-point belts and a fire extinguisher.

The road version of Porsche’s new top sports car has various technical features that will also appear on the racing version; for example the complete wheel hub assemblies, divided front and rear lateral suspension control arms, optimised rear-axle geometry, a special weight-saving rear window made of acrylic material and a rear wing.