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New 911 GT3 RS!

2009-08-19 10:35
Take a look at this! That's if you can see beyond that eye-popping spoiler, of course. Porsche's all-new GT3 RS is bold, but it's gorgeous and bound to break hearts.

Track bred for the streets, the new 911 GT3 RS is an evolution in the vein of similar Zuffenhausen products, this time with more power over the "regular" GT3 (thanks to its new 331-kW naturally aspirated flat six 3.8-litre motor) and lower mass.

A few additional tweaks, namely a short-throw six-speed manual gearbox and a variety of suspension and aerodynamic enhancements, have been thrown in for good measure.

For the first time GT3 RS comes with a specially developed PASM suspension. Its track is wider at both the front and rear axles and a lowered centre of gravity also means it will probably stick to tar like a proverbial leech.

19-inch rubber, cherry red rims

Naturally, performance tyres all round are favoured to ensure things go mostly to plan. GT3 RS employs 245/35 ZR 19 rubber at the front and 325/30 ZR 19s at the rear.

Dynamic engine mounts are standard and, depending on the road conditions, change their stiffness and damping settings to counter the effects of gravity under extreme driving.

Weight saving is also a huge consideration for this sportiest of sporty Porsches and the GT3 RS sheds another 10 kg off its kerb weight in the switch to a lithium-ion battery in 2010.

This, of course, is over and above the "regular" weight saving offered by the stripped-out cabin, humungous carbon fibre rear wing with aluminium struts, lightweight titanium sports exhaust, and front and rear parts developed exclusively for this car.

More details of this super 911 are expected to be revealed at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show.

The new 911 GT3 RS will be in South Africa from March 2010.



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