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2009-08-27 09:09
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Porsche
Model 911 GT3 RS Cup
Engine 3.8l flat-six
Power 331kW @ 8 500r/min
Transmission Six-speed manual
Weight 1 200kg
Germany’s premier domestic motor show only comes round every other year and Porsche has been furiously preparing for the 63th Frankfurt motor show in mid September.

Upgrades to 911 Turbo and the company’s GT3 RS road racer have been previewed already, yet Porsche’s racing heritage will be on display in decidedly contemporary form at Frankfurt too , thanks to a new 911 GT3 RS Cup.

A factory prepared racing car for enthusiastic privateers, it’s the first time the Cup moniker has been affixed to a GT3 RS model.

Stripped out interior is pure racing car, yet a telescoping steering column, just like the production GT3 RS, has been carried over to ensure a perfect driving position – no matter what your size, brilliant for endurance events with three drivers per car...

The ultimate trackday toy?

It may sport LED daytime running lights and indicators, yet this GTR3 RS Cup is strictly a trackday toy. It would be impossible to homologate one with the racing steering wheel devoid of an airbag.

Compared to the already rapier-like GT3 RS, the Cup melts away another 170kg of mass, bringing to bear only 1 200kg on its four racing rubber contact patches.

Visually those ornate spoilers and splitters easily distinguish Cup from its road going siblings.

The huge rear wing and lowered front splitter are said to expertly manage airflow at speed – enabling optimal directional stability.

Bodywork is 44mm wider around the aft axle to accommodate that oversized rear wing and fatter racing tyres.

At 1.7m, GT3 RS Cup's wing is nearly 240mm wider than the previous 911 Cup racer. Recovery point jutting out from the bumper under the right taillight underscores this 911's racing intentions.

Although the 3.8l flat-six engine features a recalibrated catalytic converter and performance exhaust system power still factors out to 331kW – the same as a road going GT3 RS. Drive is to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox in true racing style.

To ensure the 911 GT3 RS Cup has handling fluidity and composure commensurate to its outrageous styling Porsche chassis engineers enabled seven-setting adjustability to the fore and aft anti-roll bars.

Zuffenhausen’s fabled stopping power is present thanks to a set of ceramic, track-certified, brakes which total 20kg less mass than the GT3 RS stoppers.

The 911 GT3 Cup is configured to be eligible for competition in seven different racing championships, including the Porsche Carrera Cup. We think keeping one in the garage for trackdays would be even more fun though.

If you want to compete in one, or be the envy of the Sunday morning trackday fraternity, retail should be around €149 850 and deliveries start in October.


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