Porsche has taken the wraps off its updated 911 GT3 RS, giving the high-performance sportscar yet more power.
Set to make its public debut at the Geneva International Motor Show in March, the 911 GT3 RS now makes 383 kW (up 15 kW) from its naturally aspirated, 4,0-litre flat-six engine, which redlines at 9 000 r/min.
The result is a claimed zero to 100 km/h sprint in a mere 3,2 seconds (one-tenth faster than before), with a top speed of 312 km/h. As before, a ?specially calibrated? seven-speed PDK is the only transmission choice.
Porsche furthermore says the GT3 RS features ?re-calibrated rear axle steering designed for maximum dynamics and precision?. A set of 20-inch lightweight wheels with newly developed 265/35 tyres on the front axle ?enhance agility and steering behaviour?, while the 21-inch items wrapped in 325/30 rubber at the rear axle ?improve traction?.
Inside, you?ll find carbon-shelled bucket seats, along with lightweight door panels with storage nets and opening loops. In a further bid to save a few grams, Porsche has used less sound deadening while also fitting a new lightweight rear lid.
The Clubsport package, which includes a roll-over bar, a manual fire extinguisher, preparation for a battery disconnect switch and a six-point belt, will also be offered at no cost.
There?s also the optional Weissach package, which includes additional carbon components for the chassis, interior and exterior, as well as optional magnesium wheels. In its lightest configuration, Porsche says this package reduces the weight of the 911 GT3 RS to 1 430 kg.
The new 911 GT3 RS is already available to order in South Africa, with a starting price of R3 220 000.
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