Porsche 911 GT3 RS (2006): first official pictures

Published: 17 October 2006

The price of power

Porsche has announced prices for its searing GT3 RS – when it arrives here later this month, the hardcore 911 will cost £94,280, a price that also includes a Porsche driving day and a top-drawer vehicle security package. Want to know what it’s like to drive? We’ll have an exclusive first drive of the RS on the site later today…

Which way did it go...?

The RS is Porsche’s toughest 911 yet. Slung out over the rear axle is a highly-strung 3.6-litre flat six that pumps out 415bhp at 8400rpm for a 4.2-second sprint to 60mph, a 13.5-second race to 125mph and a 187mph top speed. The engine is fitted with a single-mass flywheel and hooked up to a close ratio six-speed manual box. Other tweaks include aggressive suspension settings and a wider rear track to enhance high-speed stability.

Lighter, faster...

The RS is 20kg lighter than the standard GT3 at 1375kg, achieved by adjustable carbon fibre wing, a plastic boot lid and a lightweight plastic rear window. That bumps the 911’s power-to-weight ratio up to 300bhp per tonne. The cabin has been prepped for racing too – the bucket seats are carbon fibre, it gets a plumbed in rollcage, the electric are pre-wired for a battery master switch and the driver gets a six-point seat belt as standard.

Homologation special

The stripped out track-day special is built to homologate Porsche’s GT3 RSR racecar (above), and the RS name – which stands for Renn Sport, German for motorsport – harks back to a long and successful lineage of Porsche greats like the Carrera RS 2.7 of 1972 and the 1991 911 RS.

By Ben Whitworth

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