2015 Porsche 911 (991) GT3 RS caught completely undisguised in Germany

Article by Christian A., on January 5, 2015

We’ve already seen the patent images and the scale model, but today the all-new Porsche 911 (991) GT3 RS was finally caught undisguised and looks ready to challenge any racetrack. Compare with the standard model, the 911 (991) GT3 RS can be easily distinguished thanks to a new front hood, a larger front splitter as well as the double-bubble roof.

In addition, the sports car features a wider track and new air outlets found on the front fenders, which are inspired by the old flat-nose 911s and 935s. At the rear, there is a big rear wing, central exhaust twin tailpipes but also a smaller ducktail spoiler, which is similar to the one found on the 911 RSR.

There are no details regarding the output delivered by the engine, but we expect to find around 500 hp as well as the 7-speed paddle-shift PDK transmission. For those who don’t know, the standard 911 (991) GT3 uses a 3.8-liter boxer engine producing 475 hp (350 kW) at 8,250 rpm.

The engine is able to push the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.5 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 12 seconds, while top speed is 315 km/h or 196 mph.

Indeed, the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS could be considered as a magnum opus in terms of intelligent lightweight design. It employs lightweight yet strong material for a number of its parts and components, such as magnesium for the roof as well as carbon fiber for the front wings, front lid and engine bonnet.

Compared to 911 GT3, the RS version is around 10 kg lighter at 1,420 kg. The lightweight magnesium roof allows the 911 GT3 RS to further lower its center of gravity, resulting to improved lateral dynamics. It adopts the body of the 911 Turbo, signifying its position as racing-focus machine featuring RS-specific aerodynamic add-on parts. Its assertive appearance is marked by its front spoiler lip and its large rear wing.

The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS features a recess – measuring 30 cm in width -- centrally extending over the bonnet and the roof. This detail pays tribute to the recess on the luggage compartment lid of the classic 911 models powered by air-cooled engines. On the 911 GT3 RS, this recess pinpoints the two largest lightweight components – the carbon fiber bonnet and the magnesium roof. The new 911 GT3 RS also features distinct front wheel arch air vents extending into the upper section of the wings, thereby helping generate downforce at the front axle.

Porsche tuned the chassis of the 911 GT3 RS to deliver optimal driving dynamics and precision. It is equipped with rear-axle steering as well as Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus with fully variable rear axle differential lock – both helping improve the car’s agility and dynamics.

These are complemented by wider front and rear tracks that allow the 911 GT3 RS to offer better roll stability than the 911 GT3. In addition, the RS version has the widest tires among 911 models, paving way for a more agile turn-in attributes as well as higher cornering speeds.

Inside, the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS comes with Alcantara elements derived from the current 911 GT3. Both the front occupants are accommodated in full bucket seats made from visible carbon, as adopted from the 918 Spyder.

As standard, the 911 GT3 RS is equipped with the Club Sport Package, a bolted-on roll cage behind the front seats as well as a six-point safety harness for the driver. The 911 GT3 RS also features a preparation for a battery master switch and fire extinguisher with mounting bracket.

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