Porsche for the race course
Say ‘Guten Tag’ ... or is it, ‘Mein Gott’? ... to the ultimate 911
A FULL-TWEAKED RS extreme machine with 372kW has joined the line-up in the run-up to the next Porsche 911.
The hot newcomer is called the GT3 RS 4.0 and gets the biggest engine yet fitted to a 911, creating a 37kW power boost from the 3.8-litre RS with a full 460Nm.
Porsche claims the RS 4.0 will zap to 100km/h in just 3.9 seconds and can hit 200km/h in less than 12 seconds. It has clocked a Nurburgring lap time of 7 minutes, 27 seconds.
The 4.0 is also fitted for the first time with ‘‘ flics’’, small aero deflectors on the front corners, originally seen in Formula 1 and Le Mans sports racers.
Fewer than 10 examples are coming to Australia, priced at $409,100. All are sold.
‘‘ We’ll definitely be getting it. But we’ve already got more orders than we can handle,’’ Porsche Cars Australia managing director Michael Winkler said.
‘‘ We’re only talking about a handful of cars, five or seven for us. It’s a limited edition of just 600 cars worldwide.’’
Porsche has been producing a string of value-added 911s this year in the lead-up to its introduction of an all-new 911 towards the end of this year – either at the Frankfurt or Los Angeles motor shows – before full-scale production in 2012.
The RS 4.0 goes right to the limit, combining the engine basics from the full-blown RSR racer, including titanium conrods, with a stripped-down body and cabin. It comes with a carbon fibre bonnet and front guards, plastic rear windows and what Porsche describes as
‘‘ weight-optimised carpets’’ in a cabin with carbon-fibre racing bucket seats, a rollcage and fire extinguisher.
‘‘ These cars are really for the guys who want the top of the top of the top, and a radical 911,’’ Winkler said.
‘‘ This is pushing the envelope to the absolute limit with the current car.
‘‘ It’s road-registerable but we expect a lot of owners will use them for track work.
‘‘ The standard package is the ClubSport package but you could option it with something slightly more comfortable, but that’s a relative term.’’
There is little comfort from the low-riding sports suspension, or active suspension with more extreme settings, or the sixspeed manual gearbox.
Owners will also have to like white bodywork because all 600 RS 4.0s will be painted Carrera White, and be prepared to take red-trimmed, black leather sports seats.
That’s fast: ThenewRS 4.0 can zap to 100km/h in just 3.9 seconds and can hit 200km/h in less than 12 seconds
Limited edition: There are only 600 examples