GT3 RS’s loud and lusty show

Business Day - Motor News - - MOTOR NEWS -

drove the GT3 RS on pub­lic roads at its SA me­dia launch last week, the su­per-firm sus­pen­sion and low-pro­file tyres (20inch in front and 21-inch rear), on bumpy roads jolted the body like sit­ting on a rodeo horse.

And the su­per-di­rect steer­ing, which makes the car such an apex-clip­ping joy on a smooth road, jig­gles and jives in your hands when driv­ing on lumpy sur­faces at high speed. It re­quires a firm grasp and a steely con­sti­tu­tion.

On well-kept roads the trac­tion is flat-out amazing. The speed at which this rear-wheel drive Porsche can be ush­ered through twisty tar is a physics­bend­ing sus­pen­sion of dis­be­lief. Un­der­steer is ab­sent from the car’s vo­cab­u­lary, and is kept at bay by ac­tive rear-axle steer­ing which sharp­ens the turn-in into tight bends, and makes for bet­ter sta­bil­ity in faster sec­tions.

The test car was also fit­ted with ce­ramic com­pos­ite brake discs, an op­tion that pro­vides fade-free stop­ping power even dur­ing race­track pun­ish­ment.

With the im­mi­nent ar­rival of the next-gen­er­a­tion 911, the GT3 RS brings the cur­tain down on the cur­rent series in a car that’s all about lap time-chas­ing prow­ess and raw emo­tion. It’s the most purist and driver­fo­cused of all Porsches, even if it’s not the fastest.

The price is on ap­pli­ca­tion, but if you spec it up with all the op­tions don’t ex­pect much change from R5m.

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