• Mar 25, 2010
Three generations of Porsche RS models - Click above to watch the video after the jump

The new 911 GT3 RS might just be the most potent track car ever built for the street by Porsche, but that doesn't mean it's the first. The RS line goes all the way back to 1973 with the 911 2.7 RS when Porsche first combined an extra boost of power with the benefits of reduced weight. The original RS had impressive numbers for 1973: 210 horsepower, 0-60 mph in five and a half seconds, and a top speed of 152 mph.

The RS line continued through the 964, 993 and 996 model years, all the way to today's second generation 997 model introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year. The 2010 911 GT3 RS might have significantly more performance than the 1973 911 RS - 450 horsepower, 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds and a top speed of 193 mph, to be exact - but the inspiration remains the same as the original.

Porsche of UK has created a video highlighting both past and present RS models, featuring the 1973 911 RS and the 996 and 997 911 GT3 RS models on track. Needless to say, there's a lot of oversteer involved, and it's an informative and entertaining seven and a half minutes. You can watch the video after the jump.

[Source: YouTube]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      The '73 is my desktop background. White with red stripes please
      • 4 Years Ago
      nice
      • 4 Years Ago
      Other than that lipstick thing on the new RS, it is just phenomenal. On a side note, that video was the Highest Def, i have seen on my computer, ever.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Give me the 73. That is all.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, gotta love the original! But I'd gladly take any of them for a spin!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I remember when the '73 RS was introduced. It was a revelation. Super lightweight, with lots of power. The doors are light, and use a simple strap to pull the door closed, rather than armrests. Amazing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, that '73 is all I need
      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't like the LED DRLs on the new GT3 RS
      • 4 Years Ago
      '73 2.7 RS... DO WANT.

      That thing is ten different kinds of hot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll take any of these happily, they all look like amazing fun. Maybe a new one for track days, a 73-74 for bright sundays and a late 80s CS model for commuting maybe?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've been lucky enough to have driven the current(997) and last(996) generation GT3s several times and still think there is nothing out there in the road right now that makes you feel as connected to the road as they do. It's almost telepathic. You feel like you are one with the car with no electronic assists in your way, just the steering wheel and the road.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ugly ducklings.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Give me the 73', a wet empty track and a death wish..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oi, watch your accent!

      '73 911 had the RS because there was no GT3...but today?
      RS= more ways to skin the customer...a GT3 in a Turbo/C4 body/chasis...
      Because, what do you get extra in a RS? A little more extra width in the back (not always a good thing), less amenities and a rollbar/cage. And, in the last iteration, a couple PS more.

      For me? 997 GT3 Mk.II...go watch Chris Harris' review on utube...and listen to that noise...godlike.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "RS= more ways to skin the customer...a GT3 in a Turbo/C4 body/chasis..."

        All GT3s have always been built on the C4 chassis, this goes for the water cooled Turbos as well. You can verify this by looking at the fuel tanks.

        "Because, what do you get extra in a RS? A little more extra width in the back (not always a good thing), less amenities and a rollbar/cage. And, in the last iteration, a couple PS more."
        Also tighter and modified suspension, weight reduction, and a single-mass flywheel.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That '73 seems like the most fun to drive of the bunch by miles (literally)

      I wonder if porsche will offer a pdk for the next gen gt3 models. I'd probably stay with stick personalty, but just wondering
        • 4 Years Ago
        Doubtful, the new Turbo is the "Tech Car", GT3 is marketed as more of a "purist 911". Now a PDK in a GT2 would surely be interesting...
        • 4 Years Ago
        the main appeal of the GT3 is the raw mechanical car engineering. as long as customers will demand manuals , they will build them. unlike Ferrari and other sportscars, people who buy the GT3 are serious drivers who take their car on the track.

        like Kovarik said, a GT2 with PDK is very probable, the GT2 needs to be faster than the turbo S and i don't see how they will make a sub 3 seconds 0-60 car without PDK.
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