Porsche 911 GT3 RS Review 2022

the most extreme porsche 911 ever produced. East new GT3RS It’s not just motorsports-inspired, it’s a full-fledged race car, albeit one with license plates that’s been designed to be user-friendly and accessible to mortals on the road and track. Relatively speaking. Exactly 50 years after the 2.7 RS began the story of the 911 RS, it is a fitting and undisturbed exercise in the pursuit of speed.

What is your superpower?

Downforce, as suggested by the feasting on holes, wings, cutouts, and vents, both to create it and to remove it. The gross figures are staggering: 860kg of downforce at 280km/h and 406kg at 200km/h, more than double that of the successful 991.2 GT3 RS. And yet, thanks to movable flaps on the front wing and a DRS-style hydraulic element on that massive gooseneck rear wing, it can be dialed back to 306kg at 177mph in no time. So, massive grip when you need it, less drag when you don’t.

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The aerodynamic package required to achieve this is a triumph of attention to detail. Instead of three radiators in the front bumper, as on every other 911 in the range, the GT3 RS has a massive forward-sloping radiator inspired by the RSR Y GT3R brokers Disadvantages? You lose any storage space in the front trunk. Advantage? Space is freed up on either side for those movable underbody flaps that constantly adjust and work with the rear wing and diffuser to maintain the aerodynamic balance 30 percent front and 70 percent rear.

The problem is that the radiator wants to blow hot air directly out of the hood nostrils over the roof of the car and into the engine intakes on the rear deck. Not good. Naturally aspirated engines like cool, dense air, so black hood fins push hot air out to the sides, and roof vents keep it from creeping back toward the engine. It’s worth it? Well, the difference between 20-degree intake air and 30-degree intake air is a loss of 15 hp, so Porsche says yes. All those holes and vents around the wheels are designed for a purpose, too, to draw air out of the arches and reduce lift.

Let me guess, does he have monster power too?

Not currently. There have been gains, but mild. The engine is a naturally aspirated 4.0-litre inline-six that revs to 9,000rpm and produces 518bhp, mainly thanks to hotter camshaft profiles, but that’s only 15bhp more than a Current generation GT3 and just 5bhp more than the previous generation GT3 RS. Refreshing, isn’t it, in this age of readily available turbocharged and electric motors, that Porsche has kept power pretty much constant and turned its attention elsewhere. Like the seven-speed PDK gearbox, which has a shorter final drive ratio than the GT3, or the wing-shaped fork suspension arms that add 40kg of downforce at top speed. But don’t worry, it’s still not a slow car: 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 184mph (14mph slower than the winged GT3) are enough to keep you going.

Presumably some lightening has occurred?

Correct, but not before adding some extra weight. Alongside a GT3, the two-piece hydraulic spoiler, the 911 Turbo the bodywork, active aerodynamics on the front bumper, and the wider track and fatter tires add to the pounds. That podge is offset by the optional magnesium wheels, single-radiator design, and carbon fiber for the spoiler, roof, doors, hood, and front wings. The resulting curb weight (with all the advantages of lightness) is 1450kg, 15kg more than an equivalent GT3. Not bad considering it has the full canon of driver aids, including rear-wheel steering and adjustable… well, everything. More on that in a moment.

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What about the way it looks?

When we first saw the GT3 RS, we hid behind the sofa for fear of getting headbutted. It’s a defiant and brutal form to look at, but spend some time with it and it will win you over with its uncompromising form and cartoonish proportions. It also looks good in just about any color we’ve come across. Don’t you believe us? Go to configurator immediately. During the launch event at Silverstone, Porsche had one parked alongside the five previous generation GT3 RSs and it is a genetically modified different breed. The others are 911s with wide bodies and wings… this is a phenomenon.

What’s the verdict?

We commend Porsche for choosing to maximize other areas of the 911’s repertoire over power.

Should we reserve judgment until we’ve driven it on the road? No. God knows how many racing miles the 911 GT3s have racked up over the years and generations, but what we have here is an absolute masterclass in aerodynamics and chassis dynamics. We salute the fact that Porsche didn’t simply increase power output, but instead opted to maximize other areas of the 911’s repertoire. There’s really nothing quite like it: a recent ‘Ring lap’ attempt had to be canceled when the weather turned nasty , but prepare for something scandalous when it happens. The GT3 RS is not an oil painting, but you won’t worry about its shape because of how well it works. You’ll need to bring your A game though. He deserves it.

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