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Porsche 911 GT3 RS - First Look

And you thought it couldn't get any better

Jan 5, 2007
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If there's one thing better than the remarkable 911 GT3, it's the hardcore 911 GT3 RS. Check this out: a close-ratio six-speed transmission driving the rear wheels, active suspension with new Sport mode that banishes body roll, a rear track that's 1.6 inches wider than the normal GT3, 44 pounds lighter (thanks to weight-saving measures like the carbon fiber rear wing, plastic engine cover and lightweight plastic rear screen, making it 3025 pounds in total), lightweight bucket seats and a bolt-in roll cage.

And the naturally aspirated engine achieves an incredible 115.3 bhp per liter of displacement. That makes 415 bhp from the 3.6-liter flat-six when spinning at 7600 rpm. It continues to tingle spines all the way up to 8400 rpm. Going from zero to 62 mph takes just 4.2 seconds; 124 mph (200 kph) arrives in 13.3 seconds before hitting the 187 mph maximum.

If that's not enough to give you butterflies, this will. Optimized airflow into the engine makes an important contribution to output and performance. Enlarged in diameter from 2.9 to 3.2 inches, the throttle butterfly reduces flow resistance and improves the charge cycle. The new, variable intake aluminum manifold comeswith two connection pipes featuring resonance butterflies between the air collectors on the two rows ofcylinders. Carefully and precisely interacting with one another, these control flaps ensure both a broad and powerful torque curve across a wide rev range as well as immense maximum output. A six-point driver's seatbelt and fire extinguisher are provided. We say bring it on. Porsche says not until spring 2007, at a price still to be determined.

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