The 911 for dreamers
ANOTHER sellout Porsche has just been revealed in Europe.
This time it’s the 911 that everyone dreams about – the road-rocket GT3 RS. Only 20 cars will come to Australia and the order book is already full, although Porsche Cars Australia is also getting ready to roll out the regular GT3 and the Turbo at the top end of the 911 line-up.
The GT3 RS is going to have a pricetag in the $335,000 range but that has not deterred drivers who want the ultimate in hard-edged 911 motoring.
‘‘We’re holding 20 orders at the moment. With a bit of luck it might be better than that, if we can get some extra supplies,’’ says Michael Winkler, managing director of Porsche Cars Australia.
‘‘We’ve got an interesting year coming up in 2010. We’ve got the Turbo, the GT3 and the GT3 RS. They are very special cars but in some cases we will be talking to the same people.’’
First pictures of the latest RS – a model that tracks back to 1973 – show a car that is more extreme than ever before, with a power upgrade, bigger wheels and tauter gearing over both the outgoing RS and the cookingmodel GT3.
‘‘It’s a lot more hardcore. It is a car very much for the extreme enthusiast. We’re talking about the guy who wants to go to the track and, around the world, collectors who want something that is built in such low numbers.’’
The key to the RS deal is a 3.8-litre flat six with a romping 335kW. That’s up by 11 from the regular GT3 and a full 26kW more than the previousgeneration RS. The engine also has lighter parts inside to make it respond quicker and rev higher.
There are shorter gears in the sixspeed manual and a different differential ratio, which hurts top speed but boosts off-the-line acceleration and punch out of corners.
Porsche says the RS is 10kg lighter than the standard GT3 and it has a distinctive giant carbon-fibre rear wing and flared guards to cover wider front and rear tracks. It sits lower to the road and there are extra aero parts in the nose and a titanium sports exhaust.
Mechanical changes to the RS run deep, from active drivetrain mounts – to resist twisting forces in corners – to a lightweight lithium-ion battery and 19-inch alloy wheels with 245x35 front tyres and 325x30 rear rubber on 12-inch wide rims.
Porsche’s active suspension man- agement is also standard but with sports settings for extreme driving. It’s the first time the system has been expressly tailored to the RS.
Winkler says the RS will come in the first quarter of next year, soon after the regular GT3 and Turbo.
‘‘The other two cars will land before Christmas but we’ll wait to release them in January,’’ he says.
The sales target for the GT3 is about 80 cars and he is not making predictions on the Turbo.
‘‘I’m just trying to be very prudent because the market has been quite difficult. It is very important not to overstock the market.’’
MORE HARDCORE: There’s no mistaking the 911 GT3 RS with its distinctive colour scheme, squatter stance and aerodynamic aids (left), and its racecar-like interior (above).