Sunday, May 1, 2011

Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0

Before the latest iteration of the 911 GT3 goes out to pasture Porsche is pumping out another very limited production model called the Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0. Badged as the RS 4.0 this new car offers a new 4.0L engine that makes this the most powerful production GT3 RS with a stagering 500bhp NA engine. That actually gives this GT3 more power than it's racing counter part. Porsche proclaims this to be the most race inspired Road Legal car they currently offer and there will only be 600 on offer.

Besides the extra large lump in the trunk Porsche has added more refinements, additional aero bits and changed up a lot of additional parts to make this perhaps the best and last new 997 model that will be enjoyed by only 600 lucky owners.

The engine is pulled directly from the GT3 RSR and comes with forged pistons, titanium connecting rods and a crankshaft pulled directly from its track-bred descendant.  With the race engine bored out to 4L it gives life to an engine with 500bhp, a redline of 8 and a quarter with a peak 339 lbs of torque at 5750rpm.  That's a screaming engine pushing the RS 4.0 to 60mph in 3.8 seconds with a top speed of 193mph.  There are faster Porsche 911 cars but they need Turbos to do it.  This is all Naturally Aspirated goodness.  All that power is delivered to the ground by way of the rear wheels and a 6 speed manual, the ONLY available transmission for this car.  No flappy paddles or extra weight here.

Other weight reduction measures were taken to reduce the weight of the RS 4.0 to a slim 2998lbs wet.  They tossed carbon fiber at this car thing like it was going out of style. The RS 4.0 is equipped with lightweight components such as light but strong carbon fiber sport bucket seats, carbon fiber front fenders and luggage compartment lid, and weight-optimized carpets.

It's not just the engine and light weight parts that make this RS 4.0 special.  Porsche are offering the car in standard Carrara White to show of the vehicles low wide stance.  It also shows off the center mount twin tailpipes, large rear wing with side plates and aerodynamically optimized body. For the first time ever Porsche also added air deflection vanes, referred to as "flics" or dive planes by Porsche, mounted low on the front bumper. In addition to the rear wing at top speed it creates an additional 426 lbs of downforce sticking the RS 4.0 to the ground.

If you are one of the lucky 600 owners you can pick this RS 4.0 for a price tag of $185,000 without any options or extra charges, and it will be available this summer.

Check out Porsche official press release here -- Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 where you can find additional images of the car as well.

Check out Porsche's new video of the Car from their YouTube channel

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