Porsche is up to something that would excite all 911 fanboys and fangirls out there: the 2019 911 GT3 RS. This beast has been blessed with a 520-hp naturally aspirated engine under its hood – the most powerful naturally aspirated engine fitted to a road-legal 911 to date.
Before we dive into the more intricate details, we want to tell you how powerful the 2019 911 GT3 RS exactly is. A 0 to 97 km/h straight run takes 3 seconds, which is 2 seconds quicker than the current GT3 with PDK. A 311-km/h top speed was all it needed to claim the crown of the fastest road-legal GT model unveiled since the launch of 2018 911 GT3 and 2018 911 GT2 RS last year.
So, what makes it this fast, aside from the 520-hp and 469-Nm of torque capable engine? One major factor is the aerodynamically-crafted body with lightweight construction. Taking inspiration from motorsport, the car is equipped with a classic fixed rear wing, as well as lightweight polyurethane and carbon fiber materials that make up the body. There is also the larger front spoiler lip and large side skirts for better downforce.
The additional 20 hp compared to the 2016 GT3 RS is the product of a 4-liter naturally-aspirated flat-six engine with plasma-coated cylinder liners. Basically, there are larger bearings, larger connecting rod bearings, and a valve train with shims in this new engine. All these allow the intake of ram air into the openings in the rear quarter panels better than the older models. The result is a thunderous sound that comes out of the titanium exhaust tips.
This powerful mill is coupled to the race-bred chassis that offers superb driving dynamics. It features the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). Standard features also include active engine mounts, rear axle steering, and a full variable electronic locking rear differential with Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV+).
Inside, the cockpit boasts more motorsport-inspired elements such as the full bucket seats with carbon fiber reinforced backrests for maximum weight reduction. It has a high degree of lateral support that goes along with the car's level of lateral grip. More importantly, the glass on the rear and sides and door panels are of lightweight material.
Even more, the 2019 911 GT3 RS is offered with optional Weissach package and magnesium wheels for extra weight reduction (if you're hungry for more). All in all, the 911 is about being light and powerful.
The 2019 911 GT3 RS is bound to be launched at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show happening this March. It will be available in the US this mid 2018 at an expected retail price of P9,728,437 ($187,500).