• Aug 19, 2009

2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS - Click above for high-res image gallery

Hot on the heels of introducing its latest 911 Turbo model, Porsche has unveiled details and photos of its 2010 911 GT3 RS. The new model gets a host of upgrades that should make it even more potent, including an additional horsepower from a naturally aspirated 3.8-liter flat-six (previously 3.6-liter) that brings total output to 450 bhp –15 more than its GT3 counterpart. As expected, power is routed through a six-speed manual transmission with shorter ratios than the one in the GT3.

Handling has been further improved with a purpose-built PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) suspension, a wider track both front and rear made possible by larger wheel arch covers, and dynamic engine mounts that are able to adjust their stiffness and damping effect depending on driving conditions.

For the exterior, the new RS is by far the most outrageous looking car Porsche has ever built with large-and-in-charge graphics, revised front and rear fascias consistent with Porsche's current design themes, and a new carbon fiber rear wing mounted on aluminum supports. Lowering weight was also a priority, and the new GT3 RS gets an optional lithium-ion battery that saves 22 pounds over the standard unit and a lightweight titanium exhaust system. Pricing is listed as $132,800 for the U.S., with an official introduction coming at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Hit the jump for more details in the press release and click away on the high-res gallery below.



[Source: Porsche]

PRESS RELEASE:

Delivering even more engine power, lower weight and shorter transmission ratios, as well as upgraded body and suspension components than all previous GT3s, the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS sets the foundation for homologating the race version of the 911 GT3 and will be introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show September 17-27, 2009.

The heart of the new, uncompromising GT3 RS is the power unit. Like the engine featured in the 911 GT3, the naturally-aspirated RS power unit now displaces 3.8 liters and delivers even more power, while revving up even faster to its 8500 rpm redline. It now delivers 450 horsepower, 15 more horsepower than its 911 GT3 counterpart. Even with a specific output of more than 118 hp per liter from the six-cylinder boxer engine, the power unit in the new GT3 RS remains fully suitable for everyday use.

The new 911 GT3 RS comes exclusively with a six-speed manual gearbox optimized for short gearshift travel, low weight and high efficiency. To enhance the level of performance throughout the entire range of engine and road speed, the transmission comes with shorter ratios than found in the 911 GT3, deliberately conceding an even higher potential top track speed.

Dynamic engine mounts are standard and serve to improve the car's handling to an even higher level. Depending on driving conditions, the mounts change in their stiffness and damping effect, improving the connection between the engine and the body when driving under very lively conditions, yet allow for more comfortable conditions during everyday street use.

Porsche is also introducing another new option in 2010 for the GT3 RS, a lithium-ion battery. Delivered with the car and, when replacing the conventional lead-acid battery, it reduces the weight by more than 10 kg or 22 lb and is mainly intended for the track.

To further improve its sporting behavior, the new 911 GT3 RS comes with a purpose-built and specially set up PASM suspension, a wider front and rear track and corresponding bodywork.

The front axle comes with nine-inch-wide wheels running on 245/35 ZR 19 sports tires while the rear axle features twelve-inch-wide wheels incorporating 325/30 ZR 19 sports tires.

The new 911 GT3 RS shows its close connection to motorsport through its dynamic looks, in particular by its low ride height, the new, extra large carbon-fiber rear wing and titanium exhaust system.

The 2010 911 GT3 RS goes on sale in the U.S. in early spring of 2010 and will be priced at $132,800.


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      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wish Porsche would make a GT3 Caymen
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        by your logic, the 911 would always lose to cars like the Gallardo or the F430 because the 911 is "flawed". i think that manufacturers like Ferrari know what they are doing with their mid engined cars, how come that they can't beat a "flawed and aged" design ?

        the traction benefit of the engine in the rear is not PR , it's a reality.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Ruf has pretty much has that taken care of. By the way, Ruf is a manufacturer, not a tuner so you are buying a Ruf. They have their own unique VINs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Never going to happen from the factory as boxer said because Porsche needs to continue justifying charging more for the inferior 911 platform. It's the same reason Porsche refuses to go racing with a factory backed cayman team. A lot of Porsche buyers are posers and just buy into the whole 911 image and "heritage" PR. They either don't know or, more likely, don't care that the mid engined cayman is a better sports car than the outdated 911.

        Thank god that Ruf and Gemballa will gladly take your money and upgrade your cayman to whatever performance specs you want.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Seconded.

        But unfortunately, the superiority of the driving dynamics would blow 997 away, if all else is equal, (specs, power, tuning) aside from mid or rear engine placement.

        Thankfully the aftermarket exists... and someone somewhere is probably contemplating what it will take to convert a Cayman, engine swap and all, and that car will be a force to be reckoned with.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You didn't mention the red rims. Please tell me those are not standard.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think those are pretty hott.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kind of cool.
      I know who will have the first one, Patrick Dempsey.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I believe Patrick Dempsey already has one. TMZ (yeah I know) showed him getting in and driving away in one a couple weeks back. The TMZ crew were all commenting on the outlandish looks of the GT3 LoL.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Love that outrageous wing and race interior but that rear fender GT3RS and checkboard flag graphics on the side are hideous. I hope those are optional graphics
      • 5 Years Ago
      If anything I think neon green would look better IMHO.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is that red or is that dark pink with grey? regardless this is over the top. I prefer the previous GT3RS (viper green/black or the orange/black)

      I prefer regular GT3 black exterior/black interior for the stealth look.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've never driven a Porsche, never will most likely. But I heard the last RS wasn't worth it over the standard GT3. I mean, it wasn't any faster around a track...but I dont' know if I am remembering it right. Is the RS that much faster than the GT3?

      Anyways, hot car, crazy fun colors! 450hp out of 3.8 liters. Good stuff.
      • 5 Years Ago
      OMG! I love it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      THIS THING AINT NO MATCH FOR MY BEST FRIENDS NEON.

      HE DRILLED OUT THE EXHAUST AND IT SOUNDS SO FASSST!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm fascinated by the "Lowering weight was also a priority, and the new GT3 RS gets an optional lithium-ion battery that saves 22 pounds over the standard unit" part. So, the car's battery is Lithium-ion? I had no idea you could get a car battery, not part of a Hybrid or EV system, like this. Where?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm saying to myself why is the seatbelt over the edge of the shoulder bolster... then i realized they're regular seatbelts... jeez you think they could have fitted a proper race harness in this thing. its not like people actually drive this on the street on a weekly basis.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think full harnesses are a no-cost option, as they were on the 996 and gen-1 997 RennSports. As to everyday use - I know a guy who does a 140 mile daily commute in his 996 GT3 RS, and he's got a dodgy back!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I see the a guy driving a 997 GT3 RS in Brooklyn when I come home from work... I'm guessing he commutes in it. While I would probably do the same thing, I can't help but feel sorry for him and the car. The roads and traffic around here are terrible... it takes me 01:20:00 to drive 12 miles!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        If I had one I'd be driving it every day, guaranteed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Porsche's are like Mustangs every week there's another special edition lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        what are u talking about? track ready RS Versions are a huge tradition in Porsche´s portfolio.
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