Video: The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 features the biggest-ever engine in the line-up, and utilises motorsport technology to make it a real powerhouse on the road
Limited to 600 vehicles, the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 houses motorsport technology at its innermost core, with the boxer engine's crankshaft lifted straight from the 911 GT3 RSR racing car and the forged pistons’ connecting rods fashioned from titanium.
The four-litre displacement sports engine, the biggest 911 model line engine ever, is also the most powerful naturally aspirated engine from Porsche: Maximum power is now 368kW (500hp) at 8250 rpm – 92kW (125hp) per litre. Maximum torque is 460Nm at 5750 rpm.
Available exclusively with a six-speed sports manual gearbox, Porsche says the GT3 RS 4.0 sprints to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds; on its way to 200 km/h in under 12 seconds.
In addition to using the suspension components typically found in motor racing, light weight components such as bucket seats, bonnet and front guards made of carbon fibre, plastic rear windows and weight-optimised carpets are also used to keep the weight down to improve handling performance. The two-seater’s ready-for-road weight is 1360 kilograms with a full tank of fuel.
Painted in racy white, the 911's trademark characteristics are the wide track, low ride height, large rear wing with side plates, twin central tailpipes and aerodynamically optimised body.
Lateral front air deflection vanes, called “flics”, make their debut on a production Porsche. The flics increase down force on the front axle and together with the steeply inclined rear wing combine to create positive down force of 190kg at top speed.
Local deliveries of the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 start towards the end of 2011, with New Zealand currently allocated only two units. Local specification and pricing will be announced shortly.