2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

In January, before the Geneva Motor Show, Porsche gave us the new 911 GT3. Now, before the Frankfurt Motor Show, they are giving us the GT3 RS.

Stripped out, lightened and given more power, the GT3 RS is the weapon of choice for those serious about their track days. It’s just the way it is meant to be.

It probably has something to do with the 118bhp per litre produced from the flat six engine. For those not so quick with their sums, that means the 3.8 litre offers 450bhp (335kW) to play with. They’re certainly not the biggest numbers in town when it comes to über track cars, but in a GT3 RS, that’s enough to keep you busy.

Porsche don’t muck around with much fancy stuff when it comes to the RS, so there’s no double clutch PDK witchcraft here. Just a fool proof six speed self shifter. Similarly, no compromises were made with the wheels either, the rears are a foot wide and covered in 325/30 ZR19 tyres.

Mind, the dynamic engine mounts are both fancy-pants and elite. So, too, the revised PASM suspension set up, which has also seen the car’s track widened at the front and rear.

It looks like the only place that someone did clown around is with the bright red paint jar. But, kids, when you have a car with this much cred you can do whatever you like with your paint brush! Even if it does end up looking a bit like a French hatchback.

More after the jump.

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2010 Porsche 911 GT3

2010 Porsche 911 GT3

The next release of the Porsche 911 GT3 will officially take place at the Geneva Motor Show on 3 March. European sales will commence in May.

If, like me, you’re unable to make the Geneva shindig, you’ll just have to make do with looking at the pretty pictures and reading the nice words Porsche have put together for us all.

Porsche, as ever, have kept the improvements under the skin. Of course, there are a few external tweaks, but not enough that anyone would really care, or notice immediately. Unlike its mad RSR brother, there’s no wild guards or cut out bonnets.

What this new 911 GT3 has, though, is more. More engine. More power. More grip. More speed. And, more gadgets. In this context Mies van der Rohe got it wrong, we like more. More is good.

Powered by a newly developed 3.8 litre flat six, the GT3 produces 320kW (435bhp), 15kW more than its predecessor. It will go from 0-100km/h in a wee 4.1 seconds, reaching 160km/h in a mere 8.2 seconds before reaching a v-max of 312km/h.

The white lab coats have also had a play with the electronic aids, and the stability and traction control systems can be switched off independently. According the press guff this gives “the driver unrestricted, individual control over the driving dynamics of his car”. Sabine Schmitz need not apply, it seems.

The lab coats didn’t stop there, either, as they found the time to add an optional lift system for the front axle, which can give sir 30mm more ground clearance at the touch of a button.

I want one!

UPDATE: Video footage of Walter Röhrl driving the GT3 can now be seen at