The Porsche 991 GT3 RS: Nordschleife Ready

The 997 generation of the Porsche 911 brought along various versions of the GT3 RS (Porsche's track-focused monster) and all of them were fantastic. They were never the fastest in a straight line, but this was not their purpose. Their job was to be a race car, a proper track day weapon that the owners could then drive home on the public roads. The cars looked extreme, with their wide stance, huge rear wings and such. So Porsche had a big job ahead of them when it came to creating the 991 GT3 RS. Luckily, I can announce, it seems like Porsche have created a worthy successor.

Rather than just being a slightly modified version of Porsche's fantastic 991 GT3, Porsche have gone all out to make this new RS model more unique, and faster than ever. Let's start with the engine. Instead of the typical 3.8 liter flat six that Porsche loves so much, they've increased the car's engine capacity to four liters (the same as the last generation's awesome GT3 RS 4.0). This naturally-aspirated engine is capable of 493 horsepower and 354 lb ft, which is driven to the rear wheels through Porsche's wonderful PDK gearbox, resulting in a not-too-shabby 0-60 time of 3.3 seconds. No manual transmission has been confirmed, which might bother some of those who loved the analogue feel of the old GT3 RS, but regardless the dual-clutch gearbox will provide blisteringly-fast shifts as usual.

Like I said earlier, this car is not meant to be a monster in a straight line. It's meant to carve around race tracks faster than you could in any other 911, and Porsche have made some modifications to guarantee just that. The GT3 RS actually received its body from the 911 Turbo, meaning it's wider than the standard GT3 and possesses massive intakes on either side of the car to feed air into the larger engine. The most obvious addition to the body, however, is the gigantic rear wing that has become such a recognizable feature on the RS models. This massive wing will push the back end of the car towards the ground, while cut-outs over the front wheel arches work to do the same for the front end of the car. A reworked suspension, along with fatter tires and the wider track from the Turbo body, means the car will have absolutely phenomenal amounts of grip.

Despite the GT3 RS only losing around 20 pounds of weight compared to the standard GT3, the RS has become an absolute beast. The improved power, aero and grip will allow the RS to monster pretty much any race track thrown at it, and it's already had a go at the Nurburgring. 7 minutes and 20 seconds was the time it set, which is pretty fast if you ask me. It's going to be a pretty expensive car, with a base price starting somewhere around $200,000, but it'll undoubtedly be worth it for a track weapon such as this. I just hope it'll be available with the awesome checkered flag livery that made the old ones stand out so much.