Porsche is entering the home straight with its current range of track-inspired 911 road cars with the introduction of the limited edition GT3 RS 4.0.
Limited to 600 vehicles, the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 brings together in a road car all the attributes that have made the Porsche 911 GT3 flat-six cylinder engined cars a serial winner on the race track. The new model crystallises motorsport technology at its innermost core, with the boxer engine's crankshaft lifted straight from the 911 GT3 RSR racing car and the forged pistons’ connecting rods fashioned from titanium.
The four-litre displacement sports engine, the biggest 911 model line engine ever, is also the most powerful naturally aspirated engine from Porsche: Maximum power is now 368 kW (500 hp) at 8,250 rpm – 92 kW (125 hp) per litre. Maximum torque is 460 Nm at 5,750 rpm.
The 911 GT3 RS 4.0 offers truly impressive performance with a lap time of 7m 27s for the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. Available exclusively with a six-speed sports manual gearbox, the GT3 RS 4.0 also sprints to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds; its racing-inspired gearing taking it to 200 km/h in under 12 seconds.
The 911 GT3 RS 4.0’s outstanding driving dynamics are the result of meticulously aligned details. In addition to using the suspension components typically encountered in motor racing, weight reduction is also of supreme importance – evidenced by light weight components such as bucket seats, bonnet and front guards made of carbon fibre, plastic rear windows and weight-optimised carpets. The two-seater’s ready-for-road weight is a mere 1,360 kilograms with a full tank of fuel.
This limited-edition 911 is painted white to emphasise its dynamic stance and link to 911 racing cars. Trademark characteristics are the wide track, low ride height, large rear wing with side plates, twin central tailpipes and aerodynamically optimised body.
The precision aerodynamic engineering of this model is underlined with lateral front air deflection vanes, called “flics”, which make their debut on a production Porsche. The flics increase downforce on the front axle and together with the steeply inclined rear wing combine to create positive downforce of 190 kg at top speed.
Local deliveries of the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 commence towards the end of 2011, with Australia to be allocated less than 10 of the restricted worldwide production. Porsche’s ultimate naturally aspirated 911 road car will be priced at $409,100.