Sunday, August 23, 2009

New Reveal: 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

The new 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS is here, and as always, it packs out more power, less weight, track-ready suspension and steering, and an increased asking-price from the standard 2010 Porsche 911 GT3. The hardcore GT3 RS, sets the foundation for homologating the racing version of the GT3. The main priority of the GT3 RS is to deliver the ultimate driving machine, with no "civilization" compromises.
Every design cue here, is for the purpose to make the GT3 RS actually go faster. For instance, the new wider front and rear tracks as well as additional wheel arch covers increase the span across the nose. The pronounced wheel arches house 19-inch wheel, that also gives better traction off the line. The larger and racy-like carbon-fiber rear-spoiler gives out even better downfroce from the GT3. As for things that don't make the GT3 RS go faster, Porsche added "GT3 RS" stickers on the fenders, and red-painted rims and side-mirrors. Inside, it gets a fully stripped-out interior, with carbon-fiber racing seats. Even the rear-seats had to go away, in-favor of the roll-cage.
Even though that the GT3 RS is actually lighter than the GT3, Porsche still want more power in the GT3 RS. So, the 3.8L flat-6 now packs 450 hp at a smacking 8,400 rpm. That is surely a lot for this light car, so 60 mph will come under 4 seconds, and a top speed will be around 195 mph. Of course, Porshce didn't fuss here about any PDK transmission or all-wheel-drive, the GT3 RS gets a proper 6-speed manual with power going through the rear-wheels only.
Suspension & Handling:
Of course, the Porshce engineers get comfortable around the GT3 RS, since they don't have to care about road-comfort, and focus more on track-balance. So Porshce managements like Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system and the active engine mounts (Porsche Active Drivetrain Mounts - PADM) that can change their stiffness and damping effect to resist the movement of the drivetrain in the bodyshell are fitted to the GT3 RS as standard equipment. For good measure, Porsche replaced the car's conventional lead battery with a lithium-ion battery that helps reduce weight by more than 10 kilograms.
Live debut at Frankfurt:
So, joining the 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo to the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, is this 911 GT3 RS. Nonetheless, the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS is expected to go on sale in most European countries at the end of the year, with a price tag of $132,800, or exactly the same price as the 911 Turbo.

So here we ask the question to you. Since the new 911 GT3 RS and new 911 Turbo are exactly the same price, which would you rather have; a 500 hp all-wheel-drive street king, or this rear-drive 450 hp road-legal race car? We appreciate your answers in the comments section.

Source : [Porsche]

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