Porsche for the race course

Say ‘Guten Tag’ ... or is it, ‘Mein Gott’? ... to the ultimate 911

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige - PAUL GOVER paul.gover@cars­guide.com.au

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

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