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2018-11-09 14:00
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Image: Calvin Fisher

A spectacular green 'Lizard' is on the prowl this week in Cape Town. Here are 10 things you would should know about the monstrous Porsche 911 GT3 RS...

The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS is synonymous with precision at the very highest level. Developed by the Porsche motorsport department based on the 911 GT3 and its racing colleague the GT3 Cup, the RS has a clear focus on delivering optimum race track dynamics.

10 things you should know about the Porsche 911 GT3 RS:

1. The high-performance 911 weighs just 1430kg. 

2. Its six-cylinder naturally aspirated engine delivers 383kW/470Nm. It rockets from 0 to 100km/h in 3.2 seconds and has a claimed top speed of 312km/h.

3. The weight-to-power ratio of 3.74 kilograms/kW delivers superior longitudinal and lateral dynamics on the race track.

4. The four-litre flat engine is enhanced and it has a new running-gear setup. 

5. The rear-axle steering has been adapted to suit the new tuning and also supports the agile design of the vehicle, while simultaneously enhancing stability. 

6. The appearance of the wide, weight-optimised body is dominated by an aerodynamic design with an emphasis on downforce. The large rear wing, like the widened front wings with high-mounted ventilation slits, is made from ultra-lightweight carbon. 

7. The interior is also dominated by a racing feel, and the full bucket seats made from carbon provide secure lateral support even when strong lateral forces are present. Lightweight door panels and reduced sound absorption are further illustrations of the consistent lightweight construction.

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8. The optional Weissach package includes a lightweight roof with carbon-weave finish, magnesium wheels, carbon-fibre anti-roll bars, a lightweight bonnet with carbon-weave finish, a bolted titanium roll cage at the rear and SportDesign exterior mirrors with carbon-weave finish upper shells. When the optional magnesium wheels are fitted, the weight of the 
911 GT3 RS is reduced by around 30kg.

9. The test unit you might have seen blasting through the Western Cape or Gauteng, is known as Lizard, thanks to its glorious green colour. 

10. Pricing for this beastly car starts from R3 369 000.

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