World premiere of the most powerful naturally-aspirated series-production Porsche 911 ever…..
Born from racing: the new 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
We won’t see the real car until the 2018 Geneva Motor Show (8 – 18 March), where the Porsche motorsport department is presenting Weissach’s latest ride: the 2019 911 GT3 RS with a race-bred chassis and a high-revving four-liter, naturally aspirated engine producing 520 horsepower and 346 lb.-ft. of torque.
Based on the Porsche 911 GT3, the RS has been tweaked even further, planting the most powerful naturally-aspirated engine ever fitted to a road-legal Porsche 911 on a racing suspension with smart rear axle steering tuned for maximum dynamics and precision.
The new 911 GT3 RS accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds quicker than the current 911 GT3 (PDK shift) and 0.1 seconds quicker than the old 911 GT3 RS. Top track speed of the 2019 911 GT3 RS is 193 mph.
Pay More for Less Car
As expected, the race-inspired aerodynamics and lightweight construction means that you actually “pay more for less.”
The wide, weight-optimized body with its classic fixed rear wing design was determined by aerodynamics and lightweight construction. You are getting more plastic in this car; the front and rear fascia are made of lightweight polyurethane, the front trunk lid and fenders are formed from carbon fibre and the roof is made of magnesium. The NACA ducts in the front trunk lid optimise brake cooling without increasing drag. The front fascia features a larger spoiler lip, working with larger side skirts to increase downforce.
The large wing affixed to the carbon fibre deck lid works in synergy with a rear underbody diffusor producing more than twice as much downforce as the regular 911 GT3 at 124 mph.
The race-inspired appearance continues inside: Full Bucket Seats with carbon fibre reinforced backrests provide a high degree of lateral support when you are exploiting the car’s exceptional level of lateral grip. Lightweight glass for the rear window and rear side windows, lightweight door panels with door opening loops, reduced sound insulation, and the omission of rear seats serve to reduce weight.
You are still reciting the mantra: “Pay More for Less”.
The Alcantara steering wheel measuring 360 mm in diameter features a yellow 12 o’clock centre marker, just in case you forget which way is up!
Pay More for More Engine
The Porsche 4-litre naturally aspirated flat-six engine in the new 911 GT3 RS gives you more for your money. It delivers 20 horsepower more than in the 2016 911 GT3 RS and the current 911 GT3. The new engine takes in ram air through openings in the rear quarter panels, and it is closely related to the unit used in current Porsche 911 race cars.
Here comes the petrol-head gobbledegook:
“Plasma coated cylinder liners, a central oil supply through the crankshaft with larger bearing diameters, larger connecting rod bearings and the rigid valve train with shims to provide valve clearance compensation” allows the engine to reach 9,000 r.p.m. with its distinctive wail.
The unmistakable flat-six sound escapes the titanium exhaust tips and muffler. The engine is mated to a specifically tuned seven-speed PDK, which features performance-oriented gearing with the top track speed being reached in seventh gear, like all GT tuned PDK transmissions.
Technology derived from motorsport ensures that the chassis offers exceptional driving dynamics. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), active engine mounts, rear axle steering, and the fully variable electronic locking rear differential with Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV+) are standard. Ball joints on all suspension links provide even greater precision than conventional bearings with rubber bushings.
Furthermore, the new 911 GT3 RS features new helper springs at the front axle, in addition to the rear. Like all Porsche GT models, the ride height, toe, camber, caster and sway bar settings of the suspension can be adjusted to suit individual driver preferences.
All that means you’ll be clinging like a limpet to the track.
Forged lightweight wheels measuring 9.5 x 20 inches in diameter with newly developed 265/35 ultra-high performance (UHP) tires enhance agility and steering precision, while 12.5 x 21 inch wheels with 325/30 UHP tires mounted at the rear deliver excellent traction. Overall, the wider tires offer a significantly larger contact patch than those of the regular 911 GT3. Large cross-drilled grey cast iron rotors measuring 380 mm front and rear are standard, while the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake system with 410 mm rotors at the front and 390 mm rotors at the rear can be ordered as an option. The ceramic rotors weigh around 50 percent less than the cast-iron variants.
Optional Packages for More of the Less
For “particularly spirited drivers”, there is an optional Weissach package to reduce the weight of the car even further. With this package, the front and rear sway bars and coupling rods, vehicle roof, steering wheel trim, and shift paddles on the steering wheel are all made of carbon fibre, reducing the weight by 13 pounds. Optional forged magnesium wheels, weighing 25 pounds less than standard wheels, are available if you take the Weissach package. When equipped with these options, the weight of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS drops to 3,153 pounds.
Pricing and Availability
The new 2019 911 GT3 RS is available to order now and is expected by the Autumn 2018.
Standard Car costs $187,500 plus delivery, processing and handling fee.
Optional Weissach Package is $18,000.
The magnesium wheels can be ordered for an additional $13,000 but you must order the Weissach Package first.
This is the “Porker” of your dreams. For the person who must have the latest and greatest, the “most powerful naturally-aspirated series-production Porsche 911 ever” will appeal…..until the next one comes along but that’s a different kettle of limpets altogether.
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).