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

Article by Christian A., 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.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS’s design is an intelligent lightweight masterpiece. Its roof has magnesium; the front wings, front lid, and engine lid have carbon fibre; and other light components include alternative materials. This makes the RS, weighing 1,420 kg, around ten kg less than the 911 GT3.

Also, the light roof lessens its centre of gravity, improving its lateral dynamics. The body is from the 911 Turbo, and it indicates its rank as almost a race car with its RS-specific streamlining add-ons. The front spoiler lip, which almost reaches the road, and the large rear wing reconfirm its dominant appearance.

A 30-cm wide indentation covers the CRFP bonnet and magnesium roof. This is a style reference to the recessed top of the luggage compartment of the classic 911s with air-cooled engines, and today it recognizes the two biggest lightweight parts in the 911 GT3 RS. Another trait is the distinct front wheel arch vents that reach into the wings’ upper sections - just like a pure motorsport car. They improve the front axle’s downforce.

Rear-axle steering and the widest tyres of any 911

The Porsche 911 GT3 RS’s chassis has been conceived for maximised drive dynamics and accuracy. Rear-axle steering and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus with fully variable rear axle differential lock improve dexterity and energy, and the broader front and rear tracks allow for increased roll stability, better than the 911 GT3. Also, the 911 GT3 RS comes standard with the widest tyres of any 911. This allows for even more agile turning and even higher speeds when cornering.

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