Porsche is well known for making one of the most iconic cars in the World, the 911, a car which did not change all that much in the 50 years Porsche has been making it. The 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS is one of the latest cars in the 911 range and in our opinion, the best so far and probably the best they will ever made.
Why, you would ask? Well, because this particular model is the last Porsche 911 to feature a naturally aspirated engine. All the other models in the range such as the Carrera have received a smaller turbocharged engine which is great considering it has more power but it is not nearly as fun to drive as a big naturally aspirated flat-6.
Price, Changes and Improvements
The 2016 Porshce GT3 RS does not only come with a new engine. The car has been completely re-engineered in order to provide the best possible driving experience there is and it provides it without any compromises. The car is already available for sale in most parts around the World starting at just over $180,000, thus becoming one of the most expensive 911 in the World. This is well worth it though because while it is not the fastest in a straight line, the GT3 RS currently is the fastest 911 around a track, even faster than the 911 Turbo S.
Just as we said, the chassis of the 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS has been re-engineered in order to provide the most amount of fun anyone could get. The front suspension system is similar to that of the previous model but it seems that Porsche gave the car new adjustable dampers.
In the rear, the car features bigger carbon-ceramic brakes than before as well as much bigger wheels. In fact, the 21 inch rims on the GT3 RS are just as wide as those on the 918 hyper-car which is nearly two times as powerful. This is because Porsche wanted to give the car as much grip as possible.
Design – Inside and Outside
The design has also been altered in order to fit the circuit-racer look. The new RS features identical rear fenders as the Turbo S with two massive air-intakes on the sides. It also features exhaust louvers on the front fenders which direct the air from the wheel-well in order to give it more downforce. The front splitter as well as the rear wing are adjustable to fit every driver’s driving style and all four wheels feature center-locking nuts which are great for circuit racing.
The interior of the car is quite minimalistic, offering the same seats as the 918 but with slightly less padding in order to save a bit of weight. In the back, instead of the usual seats there is a roll-cage but the dashboard kept its infotainment system and the Alcantara padding which does give it a special feel.
2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Engine
Under the rear deck, the usual 3.8 liter flat-6 of the GT3 has been slightly altered so in the 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS it now has 4 liters. On top of that, the engine can develop as much as 500 horsepower and 338 lb-ft of torque which is not that impressive, especially in the current turbocharged era. However, the engine can rev to as much as 8500 rpm and it can provide most of that torque from as low as 3000 rpm meaning it is perfect for circuit racing.
Mated to this engine there is the usual 7 speed PDK transmission which sends all of its power to the rear wheels via a torque vectoring differential. This can send as much as 100% of the torque to any give wheel and on top of that, Porsche also outfitted the GT3 RS with rear wheel steering which should help it during cornering at high speed.
|Type||four-liter six-cylinder engine|
|Output||500 @ 8.250 RPM|
|Transmission||7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK)|
|0 – 100 km/h||(62 mph) 3.3 seconds|
|0-200 km/h||10.9 seconds|
As you can to imagine, if we look performance, the biggest rivals are Ferrari 458 Speciale and Chevrolet Corvette Z06.
- Price, very expensive
- There is no manual transmission in offer
- Better design and aerodynamics
- One of the most powerful Porsche’s cars