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Racy Porsche GT3 RS blasts in!

2006-05-30 07:14

Sizzling GTR3 RS is ready for the track

Its meaty engine boasts a displacement of 3.6 litres which kicks out 305 kW at 7 600 r/min

Thanks to a close-ratio six-speed transmission witha single-mass flywheel and the 20 kg lower vehicle weight, the enginerevs up even more freely, thus enabling the 911 GT3 to sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds. That's one tenth of a second faster than the GT3.

It takes just 13.3 seconds to hit to 200 km/h and maximum speed is 310 km/h.

The reference "RS" will quicken the pulse of Porsche connoisseurs.

Models such as the legendary Carrera RS 2.7 of 1972 and the type 964 911 RS (1991) were also sports cars that stood out on account of an extreme degree of maneuverability and handling. That tradition is continued with the new 911 GT3 RS.

In common with its predecessors, it provides a basic and pre-approval model for use in a range of racing series.

One characteristic of the new "RS" is the body, which is 44 mm wider at the rear (a legacy from the Carrera 4 models) by comparison with the 911 GT3.

The muscular-looking rear end conceals a wider track that not only improves directional stability but also increases the transverse acceleration potential of this two-seater coupe.

Despite its specialized body, the "RS" is 20 kg lighter than the GT3, weighing in at just 1375 kg. This weight-saving was achieved by the use, amongst other solutions, of an adjustable carbon fiber wing, the use of a plastic rear lid and a lightweight plastic rear window. The corresponding weight-saving is 4.5 kg/kW.

The price of the GT3 in South Africa will not be available until the car is launched here in November 2006.

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