This month, Porsche unveiled the long awaited 992 GT3 RS and it is safe to say it’s the best we’ve seen. Not only is this GT3 RS built completely differently with an abundance of track features, it also includes a wide variety of features we have not seen before.
The engineers at Porsche did not solely focus on the raw power aspect per usual when compared to its’ GT3 sibling, but they put a lot of emphasis into the aerodynamics. The thing that sets this GT3 RS is not its’ fast, powerful engine but its’ ability to spilt through air and utilize it.
DOWN TO EARTH
The 992 GT3 RS creates 900 pounds of downforce at 124mph, which is double that of the 991.2 GT3 RS and triple its’ 992 GT3 sibling. There are a few reasons that play a part into this amazing feat.
THE DRAG REDUCTION SYSTEM
If you’re a fan of Formula 1, then you are probably familiar with DRS. This system is commonly used in F1 when it comes to overtaking the driver ahead, criticized as it is an artificial speed boost. The new GT3 RS is extremely unique with these capabilities, only seen in a few street-legal vehicles.
The driver-activated DRS flattens the wing, reducing drag at higher speeds and allowing for a high-speed punch. There is also a flap under the front of the vehicle that allows for more airflow when the DRS is activated.
While maximum air flow is earned, we are losing some cargo space. In the front cargo are is a front-angled heat exchanger, which is now the former cargo area. Who needs cargo space when you’re driving a race car anyways?
Each part of this GT3 RS was built to achieve peak performance. Whether it’s the carbon panels found all around the vehicle or the ways air is split, scooped, and utilized, this vehicle is born for the track.
UNBEATEN SUSPENSION AND PERFORMANCE
To match with the fantastic 4.0L flat-six, the 992 GT3 RS comes with the 7-speed PDK transmission. This transmission is known to be one of the fastest shifting in the world. Porsche fine-tuned this iconic engine and drivetrain to produce 581hp, with a zero-to-60mph of sub three seconds.
One thing to recognize is the minor improvements to make the GT3 RS even more track capable. Porsche built the beast with wider, teardrop shaped control arms to improve control. Also offered is the ability to adjust the front and rear dampeners using a control on the steering wheel. Porsche gave the GT3 RS wider and thicker breaks, with carbon ceramics as an optional add-on.
AN INTERIOR WORTH NOTICING
The inside of the newest addition to the 911 family went under some changes. Just like most aspects, the interior was fine tuned to match the performance elements.
The main focus inside of the 992 GT3 RS is how the driver feels. From the steering wheel to the seats and from the instrument cluster to the material, it’s meant for the track. The steering wheel features a variety of aspects to improve the driving experience; dampening settings, DRS, drive mode, and more. The instrument clusters consists of impactful tracking metrics as well.
The newly designed GT3 RS features two seating options, the traditional power based seats or the carbon buckets. The carbon buckets are complete with a leather outer along with a mesh center. These bucket seats strongly resemble those of the 991.1 and 991.2, with some added features to improve the track experience. The interior is also complete with options such as the roll-cage, strapped door handle, and the passenger side paint matched fire extinguisher.
PORSCHE HITS THE MARK WITH THE 992 GT3 RS
Once again, Porsche did not fail to deliver. Not only is the new GT3 RS delivered to their first owners in its’ glory, but it also comes with a Porsche Design watch. Just another way they are staying on top. The 991.2 GT3 RS was taken, and was built into a different monster. This track beast includes aspects we only see in Formula 1 style vehicles. All of these features bring the GT3 RS to a price point of right over $225,000.