It is raining tigers and werewolves by the complete session. Britain’s Silverstone Circuit is just not for the faint of coronary heart in dry climate, however with standing water between Woodcote and Copse, the curbs as slippery as liquid cleaning soap and quick corners like Stowe crisscrossed by rivulets gleaming within the morning haze, the adrenaline pump is already working extra time. Although Porsche changed the 2023 911 GT3 RS’s Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires with extra versatile rubber, in these appalling situations even devoted rain tires would wrestle. Good factor for plenty of downforce and an adjustable suspension that actually blurs the road between avenue automotive and race machine.
In Observe mode, dialed in by Porsche’s acquainted drive mode controller, this very particular 911 is the primary of its variety to ask you to tweak compression and rebound of the entrance and rear dampers by way of the PASM thumbwheel. The motive force may also modify the rear differential locking ratio. The DRS (drag discount system) that we all know from System 1 is managed by way of a button within the left steering-wheel spoke. The 20 % adjustment vary is break up into 9 steps from +4 to -4 with zero because the balanced baseline. Sound sophisticated? You guess. The GT3 RS’s marvelous adjustability is however one purpose its drivers will not ever be bored.
In these treacherous situations, the day may have gone terribly incorrect. As a substitute it miraculously produced one magic second after the opposite. Whereas the GT3 RS’s naturally aspirated 4.0-liter six gained a comparatively modest 16 horsepower over the GT3, the aero wizards elevated the GT3 RS to an altogether completely different downforce league. In low-drag mode, the underfloor components and the double-decker rear wing assume a nearly horizontal slipstream place. As quickly because the DRS closes once more, although, the utmost downforce will increase inside 0.35 second from 661 kilos to an enormous 1896 kilos—the equal “of two racehorses on the roof,” chortles Porsche’s Mr. GT, Andy Preuninger. Two-thirds of that detrimental elevate press on the entrance finish with a vengeance, which makes high-speed turn-in maneuvers within the rain eerily surreal. For the reason that Michelins choose up temperature with each additional fraction of g-force they expertise, the grip solely will increase regardless of the sloppy situations.
“The earlier GT3 RS was geared up with three nose-mounted radiators,” says Preuninger. “This time, we opted for a single, extra compact radiator positioned at a fairly radical angle, which frees sufficient house for 2 massive lateral ducts ruled by energetic aero components in sync with the two-stage transverse downforce controller forward of the entrance axle.” Out again, the split-level rear wing boasts a stepless 34-degree adjustment span. And what concerning the trunk, you ask? It’s no extra, however you may all the time delete the no-cost roll cage and put stuff the place the rear seats used to squat. Talking of seats, a particular honorable point out goes to the 918-style buckets, that are supportive and comfy in addition to generously adjustable. Though Porsche will paint the GT3 RS in any coloration you fancy (for a value), the aero components are obligatory matte black. Extra cash buys the hideously costly Weissach pack, which saves—together with the optionally available forged-magnesium wheels—virtually 62 kilos in weight. Porsche says the bottom model suggestions the scales at 3197 kilos, a mere 33 kilos up from the GT3.
It is nonetheless pouring down throughout our second and third stints on the monitor, however the GT3 RS would not appear to care, particularly from Maggots by Chapel, the place the RS holds the road as if guided by a high-voltage induction loop. Superior stuff. By means of slower corners, it helps to chop a barely wider arc to strategy the apex in a straighter line after which drop the hammer early. The flat-out sections are the one locations the place the GT3 RS will wrestle to maintain up with the common GT3—the substantial drag coefficient of 0.39 is the worth you pay for the riveting downforce. The GT3’s claimed prime velocity, 199 mph, bests the GT3 RS’s 184-mph Vmax. However the wide-body weapon wins the dash to 60 mph with a claimed time of three.0 seconds, which is 0.2 second sooner than Porsche’s stat for the GT3. (We clocked the most recent PDK GT3 at 2.7 seconds to 60 mph, so think about Porsche’s numbers conservative.) Porsche additionally claims that zero-to-100 mph is a 6.9-second time warp, and 125 mph arrives after solely 10.6 seconds. Versus the GT3, which could be had with a six-speed handbook, the RS is just accessible with the close-ratio seven-speed PDK dual-clutch field. Regardless of the overdrive prime gear, effectivity is an alien time period to this naturally aspirated animal. The usual 911 GT3 is EPA rated at 16 mpg mixed, and we’d count on this mega-winged variant to fare even worse.
Whereas the GT3 RS offers you lots to consider out on the monitor, selecting gears is not essentially amongst your selections—Observe mode is aware of precisely when and the place to behave, and it does so in sync with the situations (on this case, nonetheless moist). Upshifts are wham-bang brusque, however downshifts underneath braking and when winding on lock really feel buttery affected person. Redlined at a yelling 9000 rpm, the massive six must be revved laborious to ship. Most torque—an unexceptional 343 pound-feet—requires a busy 6300 rpm, and peak energy is 518 hp at 8500 rpm. As soon as once more, these numbers do not inform the complete story. Whereas torque was beefed up within the crucial 4000-to-6500-rpm bracket, hotter camshafts and optimized cylinder heads produce notably extra punch above 6000 rpm. Nuances solely, however subjectively no less than, the most recent (and almost definitely final) free-breathing high-performance boxer engine feels a quantum extra pressing, seamless, and, in the end, explosive. It additionally makes all the best noises, from the high-pitched but unexpectedly disciplined idle to the phonetic peak, when sound and noise fuse to a brutally intense Björk-sings-Wagner aria.
The 992-generation GT3 RS is just not as involved with absolute velocity as it’s with concise g-force administration, finely dosed aero stability, and communicative cornering grip. As an example, in case you nook at greater than 0.90 g and go wide-open throttle at 5500 rpm or extra, DRS will mechanically change to ground-effect mode and finally pop the air brake, which darkens the rearview mirror when the captain drops all 4 anchors. It is virtually laborious to imagine that this automotive is an in depth relation to the extra mellow 911 strains—this is not merely a GT3 on steroids. As a substitute, the most recent GT3 RS is a road-legal and, we suspect, road-compatible race automotive in disguise, sturdy on skill but stronger nonetheless on emotion and pleasure. At $225,250, it’s some $54,000 costlier than the non-RS model, which is considerably irrelevant as a result of Porsche has in the intervening time closed all GT order books. Whereas the special-edition 911 ST (a manual-transmission RS with out the wing, restricted to 1963 examples) was allegedly bought out even earlier than Weissach admitted its existence, the choice to maneuver Cayman/Boxster manufacturing from Zuffenhausen to Karmann may make room for an additional 1500 GT3 RS models subsequent summer time. Which is nice information for the fortunate few who can afford one, however they might construct double that and it nonetheless would not be sufficient.
2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
Automobile Sort: rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe
Base: GT3 RS, $225,250
DOHC 24-valve flat-6, aluminum block heads, direct gas injection
Displacement: 244 in3, 3996 cm3
Energy: 518 hp @ 8500 rpm
Torque: 343 lb-ft @ 6300 rpm
7-speed dual-clutch computerized
Wheelbase: 96.7 in
Size: 180.0 in
Width: 74.8 in
Peak: 52.0 in
Passenger Quantity: 49 ft3
Trunk Quantity: 0 ft3
Curb Weight (C/D est): 3250 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
60 mph: 2.5 sec
100 mph: 6.4 sec
1/4-Mile: 10.9 sec
Prime Pace: 184 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)
Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 15/14/16 mpg
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