2014 Porsche 911 (991) GT3 RS will be available only with the PDK gearbox

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 21, 2013

More details about the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS model were revealed by Porsche performance cars chief Andreas Preuninger. At the recently held Geneva Motor Show, Porsche presented the new 911 GT3. In an interview with Car Magazine, Preuninger said that the next RS is slated to be launched in early 2014, in line with Porsche’s plan to have its debut take place “three-quarters of a year” after the GT3’s launch.

The 911 GT3 RS will be powered by the same 3.8-liter flat-six engine that was used on the standard 911 GT3. However, its output has been enhanced. It’s believed that it may deliver up to 500hp as Preuninger has said that the present GT3 engine already offers near to 493hp even when it has been given a rating of 469hp. Similar to the new GT3, the RS will also be available with just a PDK dual-clutch transmission.

Making a manual available would lead to additional development work. Furthermore, Preuninger has pledged that the PDK is capable of shift times below the 100 millisecond expected for the standard GT3. It has been reported that the new RS will be more hardcore than its predecessor.

Preuninger hints that the GT3 is a street car that’s more “usable.” This means that Porsche will be easily able to put a distance between the two models when it comes to performance and temperament. It will feature a tall rear wing that is bigger than that of the new GT3.

It also gets front “dive plane” aerodynamic aids that are based on those used on the existing limited-run 911 GT3 RS 4.0. The Porsche 911 GT3 RS is lighter as it uses an exhaust system built of titanium instead of steel. Buyers can ask for carbon fiber body parts to make the vehicle even lighter but then, this will raise the price to a level higher than $181,000.

It’s not possible for a lightweight lithium-ion battery to be used in the last 911 GT3 RS since the new car’s rear-wheel-steering function needs too much electrical power. Porsche is working to develop a sturdier lightweight battery that may be ready by the time that this model is set to debut.

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