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PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Launched in 2015, the 991-generation GT3 RS was a significant update over the GT3 and a big departure from the previous car design-wise, having borrowed base bodywork from the Turbo model. On the other hand, the 4.0-liter inline-six was pretty much identical to the 997-generation GT3 RS 4.0 model, as was the 500-horsepower output, a bit of letdown for those expecting a more powerful car. This minor inconvenience will be fixed with the upgraded GT3 RS, which should gain a more potent engine now that the standard GT3 has been updated to the same 4.0-liter engine.

Unleashed on public roads in early 2017, the upcoming 911 GT3 RS looks ready to hit dealerships by the end of the year. Although the rear section is still based on the pre-facelift 911, the front fascia has already been updated to the fresh design and Porsche is probably already testing the new underpinnings. Notable changes should include revised aerodynamics, new tech inside the cabin, and a more powerful flat-six unit. However, while the GT3 RS has been the most powerful iteration of the 991-generation 911 and will continue to sit at the top of the range with the revised engine, it will no longer be the most potent model at the end of the 911’s current life cycle. New spy shots confirmed that Porsche is launching a GT2 RS, which will have a significantly more powerful turbocharged engine.

Nonetheless, the GT3 RS will remain the ultimate naturally aspirated track-toy with a Porsche badge at least until the next-generation model arrives in a few years. Expect the revised 911 GT3 RS to debut in September 2017 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Continue reading to learn more about the Porsche 911 GT3 RS.


PostHeaderIcon You Can Now Configure The Porsche 911 GT3 Of Your Dreams

Priced from $143,600 before options and delivery, the Porsche 911 GT3 isn’t exactly an affordable sports car. But, even though most of us can’t afford one, it doesn’t mean we can’t dream about taking a GT3 home some day. And the configurator for the new 911 GT3 is here to encourage you to do just that by designing the sports car of your dreams.

Although not as customizable as other high-profile supercars, the new 911 GT3 comes with plenty of options inside and out. The exterior can now be ordered in several colors, including the Lava Orange that Porsche introduced on the GT3 RS and Miami Blue, a light shade of blue with a hint of turquoise. These colors, alongside the familiar Carmine Red and Chalk, are the most expensive, being priced from $4,220. The metallic range, which includes seven options, including Graphite Blue and Sapphire blue, costs $720. If you’re looking to save some cash, you can go with the four, no-cost standard colors – black, white, Guards Red, and Racing Yellow.

Moving over to wheels, the 911 GT3 is restricted to a set of 20-inch, double-twin-spoke rims. However, they can be finished in either satin aluminum, satin platinum, satin black, and satin black with a Guards Red outer lip. These options cost $1,220, while the red lip adds another $700.

More customization is possible via Porsche Exclusive, which offers a range of exterior options such as painted logos and lettering, black headlamps with PDLS, body-colored side skirts, gloss black door handles and lower mirror caps, carbon-fiber upper mirror caps, and aluminum look fuel cap. The black headlamps are the most expensive at $2,900, while the carbon mirrors fetch $1,420.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 GT3

Sold out since early 2015, the current-generation Porsche 911 GT3 has finally returned into dealerships with updates similar to the 991.2 911. Unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the track-prepped 911 is making a comeback after nearly two years with revised styling, a retuned chassis, and more importantly a new drivetrain.

Not surprisingly, the race-bred coupe didn’t change much inside and out, and most of the new stuff is borrowed from the regular 911 that was upgraded in 2016. However, the revised chassis brings new dynamics, while the troublesome 3.8-liter flat-six was replaced by the slightly bigger, 4.0-liter unit from the GT3 Cup race car and the range-topping GT3 RS. The really big news about the new 911 GT3 is that Porsche finally brought the manual transmission back, giving enthusiasts a new reason to celebrate.

Developed on the same test track and manufactured on the same production line as the 911 race cars, the GT3 returns to a market that has a brand-new competitor, the Mercedes-AMG GT R. Launched in 2016, the AMG GT R is the first track-prepped car to actually compete in the same niche, something that hasn’t happened in quite a few years. Will the 911 GT3 continue to dominate this demanding segment? Let’s find out in the review below.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 GT3

Sold out since early 2015, the current-generation Porsche 911 GT3 will return in dealerships sometime in 2017 with updates similar to the 991.2 911. Although Stuttgart has yet to confirm this scenario, an early prototype of the 991.2 GT3 was spotted on the Nurburgring track recently, meaning that the revised sports car should be ready for a public debut by the end of 2016.

Not much is known about the upcoming 911 GT3, but if previous 911 facelifts are any indication, the 991.2 GT3 should get mild revisions inside and out, a more powerful engine, and a revised chassis for enhanced performance at the track. A manual transmission could also be in the books after many Porsche enthusiasts have complained that the PDK-exclusive GT3 is no longer a driver’s car.

There’s no word whether the GT3 will be followed by an updated GT3 RS, but recent reports and spy shots have suggested that Porsche is actually working on a new, turbocharged GT2 RS. Keep reading to find out what we already know about the upcoming GT3 and stay tuned for updates.

Updated 07/20/2016: If a few days ago we brought you the first leaked patent images of the upcoming 911 GT3, today we decided to create a rendering of the sports car to help you make an idea what a cool car it will be. Let us know in the comments section below what do you think about it.

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PostHeaderIcon Life-Sized Lego Replica Of Porsche 911 GT3 RS Is A Thing Of Beauty

Lego Technic has a 1:8 scale Porsche 911 GT3 RS that has comes with 2,704 individual pieces. I’ve built my share of Legos and I know how difficult that can be. Can you imagine actually building a Lego version of the 911 GT3 RS that isn’t 1:8 scale, but is the size of the actual sports car? If you can’t, well, feast your eyes on this. This, friends, is Lego-building taken to a completely different level.

It may not be drivable or even accommodating, but neither of those things can stop this Lego 911 GT3 RS from being utterly and completely impressive. The detail itself is incredible, right down to the aerodynamics, interior, and wheels. If people didn’t know any better, they might actually think this is an actual 911 GT3 RS from a great distance.

Okay, that’s not entirely true, but the point is that the people who built this Lego 911 GT3 RS, presumably those from the company itself, did an incredible job piecing together all these blocks to create the final product. It must also be noted that the kit is placed on a platform with Lego Technic branding at the Mall of Scandinavia in Stockholm, Sweden. This could have been be a project that was done to promote the 1:8 scale Lego Technic 911 GT3 RS kit. As for the actual product, Lego says that it’s scheduled to hit U.S. stores this month at a price of $299.99.

It’s a little pricey, but considering how valuable Legos have become these days, some people might just chalk the purchase up to a nice investment.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 GT3 R

Porsche has just debuted a new 911 customer race car, and although the GT3 R isn’t a new nameplate, Porsche’s Byzantine model hierarchy and naming system requires us to first explain where the new car fits in. This is the fourth racing version in as many years since the unveiling of the current Type 991 generation of the 911. Starting first with the 991 RSR, then the 991 GT3 Cup, the 991 GT America and now the 991 GT3 R. But all of this looks more complicated than it is; the RSR is a racing version of the regular car, the GT3 Cup and GT America are both based on the GT3 road car, and were simply made for different racing series. And finally we have the GT3 R, which is based on the GT3 RS road car.

To put it more simply still: this is the current ultimate track-focused 911. And since Porsche worked hard to make the GT3 RS as close to a race car as possible while still being street legal, not all that much has really been changed. And the GT3 R is likely to share some race tracks with impatient GT3 RS owners who couldn’t wait and performed the modifications themselves.

Updated 05/25/2016: Porsche dropped a new video in which shows the 911 GT3 R getting ready for the 24 Hours at the Nürburgring. Hit “play” to watch it!

Continue reading to learn more about the Porsche 911 GT3 R.


PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 GT3 R Scores Its First Victory At Laguna Seca

Blue skies and warm weather saw one of Porsche’s finest clinch a win on Sunday, as Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing brought it home for a triumphant finish in the latest round of the IMSA SportsCar Championship. The famous central California racetrack played to the Porsche’s favor, as the No. 23 911 GT3 R led the GT Daytona class for the entirety of the two-hour race, successfully locking in its first win of the season.

At the helm were drivers Alex Riberas and Mario Farnbacher. Riberas was first out, managing to build a big lead before handing it off to Farnbacher. Unfortunately, a full-course caution quickly followed the driver change, as the No. 540 Black Swan Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R exited at Turn 5 just before the 50-minute mark.

Although the gap was gone, Farnbacher executed a flawless restart that saw him put distance on the challenging No. 63 Ferrari 488 of Alessandro Balzan. At one point, Balzan managed to get within three-quarters of a second to the Porsche, but couldn’t make the pass, eventually conceding 3.6 seconds at the checkered.

“It was tight at the flag, but I wasn’t going to let our maiden victory with the 911 GT3 R be taken away from us,” Farnbacher said. “Our team has worked hard for this success.”

Second place went to the Ferrari 488 GT3 of Christina Nielsen and Alessandro Balzan, while third went to the Aston Martin GT3 of Brandon Davis and James Davison.

The crew now heads to Detroit for the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at Belle Isle Park on June 4th.

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PostHeaderIcon This LEGO Porsche 911 GT3 RS Looks Amazing: Video

Lego has done some pretty amazing things through the Techno line. It’s recreated the Caterham Super Seven, a Mini Cooper, and even a Formula Off-Roader and a 24 Hours Race Car seen here. It even created a Porsche with working suspension a few years back. Well, it seems like as the years go on, the brand gets better and better at making these crazy toys.

Case in point: Lego Technic No. 42056 – a Porsche 911 GT3 RS. It retails for $300 here in the U.S. and is arguably one of the most detailed and thorough kits to date. By that I mean it looks amazing and includes of 2,700 pieces. In size, the thing is over six-inches high, almost two feet long and nearly a foot wide. Plus, it even has a working PDK transmission. If you haven’t had a chance to set eyes on the kit yet, watching this four-minute video of Lego’s Senior Design Manager, Andrew Woodman, walk through the kit and all the little goodies that come with it.

I won’t spoil the video for you, but if you’re a Lego fan, it’s certainly one you want to watch. Woodman breaks down a few of the things that come with the kit and displays just how detailed the Lego model really is. With that said, go ahead – hit play and be amazed by the shocking detail of Lego Technic’s newest kit.


PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 GT3 RS In Gulf Livery Ends Up In The Water

Porsche’s may be liquid cooled these days, but apparently somebody at the Porsche Centrum Amsterdam dealership in Holland didn’t get the memo of how to properly fill the radiator and coolant tank. Full details have yet to emerge about exactly how these brand new Porsche 911 GT3 RS ended up nose first in the drink, but there are two rumors floating around right now.

At first, it’s easy to imagine a disgruntled employee driving the car of the edge to stick it to the man one last time before a highly fashionable discontinuation of employment. Of course, nothing that dramatic appears to have happened. One rumor blames a mechanic that made a mistake, and the other blames a body guy who was applying a stripe decal. Either way, the pretty Porsche in Gulf Oil livery ended up in a rather awkward parking spot.

According to RTL News, the managing director of Porsche Centrum, Hans Van der Valk, said, “The car was parked on the waterfront and a mechanic made a mistake when trying to get in the vehicle. That is very unfortunate, but it can happen. When there are people, mistakes are made.” Even more interesting is that Van der Valk believes the car can be saved, saying, “Only the tip was in the water and no one was hurt. There’s not much damage.”

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 GT3 RS Looks Great In Lava Orange: Video

The 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS really is a fireball of fun. Launched at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show with updated styling and technology, the GT3 RS does its namesake proud, thanks in part to a 4.0-liter flat-six engine that pumps out an incredible 500 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. That’s 50 ponies more than the previous GT3 RS, which goes to show how much time and effort Porsche put into making the car as lethal as it is. Suffice to say, a sprint time of 0 to 62 mph and a top speed of at least 195 mph is the final stamp of approval for the sports car.

Having said all of that, let’s take a gander at this new video featuring the new 911 GT3 RS, decked out to perfection in a Lava Orange paint finish. The video itself isn’t really informative, at least compared to what we’ve become accustomed to. It runs 5:44 long and it just features the 911 GT3 RS doing some quick-hit laps around a race track. The unmistakable sound of the flat-six engine can be heard clearly and you can tell that time and effort was put into creating some solid video angles of the sports car. Credit to the editing too because the video, even without any narration, looks about as clean as it can get.

Start your weekend off on the right foot and watch the video. Who knows, you might be inspired enough to get yourself a 911 GT3 RS for the holidays.


PostHeaderIcon Chris Harris Puts The Aston GT12 Vs. 991 GT3RS Vs. McLaren 650S: Video

When you’re a car presenter and you’re given three sports cars with features unique to their own, picking one over the two others is an incredibly difficult task. But Chris Harris isn’t your typical car presenter. He’s been around this block long enough to know how the game works. In this particular instance, Harris was given a chance to line up three of today’s most desirable sports cars – the Porsche 991 GT3 RS, Aston Martin GT12, and McLaren 650S – to determine which of these three gives prospective customers the most bang for their buck, which in this case would be above £200,000, or a little over $300,000 based on current exchange rates.

In true Harris fashion, the affable presenter neatly laid out the pros of each model, starting with the GT3 RS, a car he says is “natural and intuitive” in every thing it does. Once he was done gushing over the Porsche, Harris turned his attention to the GT12, which is actually sold out. Still, Harris was still able to have a few thoughts on the track-tuned Aston, calling it “outrageous fun” before lamenting on whether it was the best car he has driven in 2015. Then there’s the 650S, without question the fastest and most powerful of the three. Harris didn’t even hesitate calling the 650 “better” in a lot ways than its two rivals.

So, the question Harris eventually wanted to answer was if any of these three supercars are worth their price tags. Like the true gear head that he is, Harris eventually settled on an answer that’s not only predictable, but also shows how hard it is to pick one, even though, technically, the GT12’s sold out status disqualifies it from the choices.


PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 GT3 RS Owner Says His Car Has Downforce Problems On The Nurburgring

The Porsche 911 GT3 RS has seen wide approval since its debut. It’s 4.0-liter, flat-six engine produces 500 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque – a gain of 25 horsepower and 15 pound-feet over the standard GT3. To accommodate this extra power and to increase downforce, the RS has a huge rear wing and a front lip that surrounds the front fascia. These aerodynamic modifications, however, might be too much for the RS.

According to at least one GT3 RS owner, the downforce created by the RS’s aero package is more of a problem than anything. As shown in the video, the RS’s tires actually make contact with the wheel wells as the driver takes a spin around the Nurburgring. It is quite evident that the suspension just isn’t stiff enough to compensate for the amount of downforce. According to the owners blog post, his RS has a stock suspension system, so it looks like this problem may be a design flaw. The question is, how did this flaw get past the engineers while the RS was in the testing phase?

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PostHeaderIcon EVO Reviews The Porsche 911 GT3 RS: Video

At one time, it was rumored that the 2016 Porsche GT3 RS would receive a turbocharged flat-six, but it didn’t. Instead, it received a 4.0-liter, naturally aspirated flat-six that is good for 500 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. With a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and rear-wheel drive, the GT3 has an estimated top speed of 196 mph. In a recent video by EVO, Jethro Bovington took the GT3 around the track to see how it compared with some of the other vehicles like the 2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale and the GT3’s sibling, the 2014 Porsche Turbo S.

The 458 Speciale cranks out 596 horsepower and 698 pound-feet of torque from a 4.5-liter V-8. It hits 60 mph in just 3 seconds has a top speed of 202 mph. The Turbo S puts out 560 horsepower from a 3.8-liter flat-six, and tackles a 60 mph sprint in just 2.9 seconds. Top speed comes in at 197 mph. Other vehicles on EVO’s leaderboard include the 2014 Mclaren P1 (with and without Trofeo tires), 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder, Porsche 911 Turbo, 2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 and the 2016 Nissan GT-R.

It is entertaining to watch Bovington pilot the GT3 around the track. It is clear that it is a little hard for him to get used to, as he frequently drifts off the road slightly around curves. Even so, he never actually loses control of the car, and the car performs well overall. The GT3 might look like the lesser of the three on paper, but as it turns out, it fares quite well against its sibling and most of the other models on EVO’s leaderboard. Enjoy the video!


PostHeaderIcon Dozen Of Porsche GT3s Recalled To Have Their Engines Replaced. Again

Launched for the 2014 model year, the latest 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 has had a rather rough debut on the market, as the Germans had to recall all 785 cars sold in 2013 to replace their engines. The callback came after two GT3s suffered engine fires and Stuttgart concluded that the 3.8-liter flat-six units had issues with a loosened screw joint on the piston connecting rod. Now, it’s being revealed that the German automaker has issued another recall, this time around for a valvetrain-related problem.

According to Car and Driver, about a dozen sports cars are affected by this issue. Four of them are in use as Nurburgring taxis on the famous race track, while the rest of them are in customer hands. All examples had their engines replaced with new units, as fixing would have taken too long.

“It is true that in some very rare cases we have had minor issues with the valvetrain,” Porsche spokesman Thomas Becki said. “To repair these engines would have taken longer than we found acceptable for our GT3 customers, so we replaced the engines and repaired them afterwards.”

The repaired engines will be used by Porsche in development testing.

This new recall might explain the GT3 RS test car that was recently spotted on the Nurburgring. Unless Porsche is testing some updates, it’s safe to assume the German engineers want to make sure the 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS won’t be plagued by similar issues.

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PostHeaderIcon Jeff Zwart At Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2015: Video

Jeff Zwart is one of those guys you kind of want to be. As co-founder of Radical Media, he’s shot commercials for just about every car company there is. Remember that epic Porsche commercial from a few years ago that showed seemingly every important Porsche ever built charging through the desert? That was his. He’s also a massive Porsche geek, collector and racer.

A regular at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Zwart drove his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Turbo to a Time Attack 1 class victory with a time of 9:46.243 at the 2015 event, and it’s all been captured in high-definition 4k in this stunning video, shot by his colleague, Will Roegge.

The more eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that Porsche doesn’t sell a GT3 Cup with a turbo. Zwart’s 997 Cup car is powered by a twin-turbo flat six from a 2008 Porsche 911 GT2 997, that produces around 600 horsepower. He drove a bone-stock 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS from his home in California to the top of Pikes Peak for the 2011 event, and then decided to drop a turbocharged engine in a Cup chassis after the route was fully paved ahead of the 2012 event.

In addition to the Cup Turbo, Zwart also owns one of only a handful of early Porsche 356s built in Gmünd, Austria — a rally-prepped 914-6, a 906 Carrera 6 hill-climb car and a 911 that competed in the 1971 East African Safari Rally, among others. These aren’t garage queens either. He drives them all regularly. I told you Jeff Zwart is someone you want to be.


PostHeaderIcon Jeff Zwart At Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2015: Video

Jeff Zwart is one of those guys you kind of want to be. As co-founder of Radical Media, he’s shot commercials for just about every car company there is. Remember that epic Porsche commercial from a few years ago that showed seemingly every important Porsche ever built charging through the desert? That was his. He’s also a massive Porsche geek, collector and racer.

A regular at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Zwart drove his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Turbo to a Time Attack 1 class victory with a time of 9:46.243 at the 2015 event, and it’s all been captured in high-definition 4k in this stunning video, shot by his colleague, Will Roegge.

The more eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that Porsche doesn’t sell a GT3 Cup with a turbo. Zwart’s 997 Cup car is powered by a twin-turbo flat six from a 2008 Porsche 911 GT2 997, that produces around 600 horsepower. He drove a bone-stock 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS from his home in California to the top of Pikes Peak for the 2011 event, and then decided to drop a turbocharged engine in a Cup chassis after the route was fully paved ahead of the 2012 event.

In addition to the Cup Turbo, Zwart also owns one of only a handful of early Porsche 356s built in Gmünd, Austria — a rally-prepped 914-6, a 906 Carrera 6 hill-climb car and a 911 that competed in the 1971 East African Safari Rally, among others. These aren’t garage queens either. He drives them all regularly. I told you Jeff Zwart is someone you want to be.


PostHeaderIcon XCAR Review The Porsche 911 GT3: Video

Reviews of the Type 991 Porsche 911 GT3 are always going to come down to one thing: the transmission. That because the GT3 isn’t offered with a manual transmission anymore, and the purists have been predictably outraged about it. So the fact that XCar titled its GT3 review “Don’t Sweat The Gearbox” shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. To the reviewer’s credit, he manages to cover some other parts of the car first, and though the transmission is the most important part of the review, it’s not the only part.

The closest that a street legal 911 comes to being a race car is the GT3 RS, but the non-RS GT3 isn’t far behind, and as the reviewer points out here, even the “regular” mode for the suspension is what most would consider sport mode. This is one of the big reasons for the PDK instead of a three-pedal manual, it simply shifts faster than a human can; and if you’re really serious about a no-compromises approach to performance, then you have to go with the fastest option. The other big reason for the PDK is that people weren’t buying manuals, simple as that.

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XCAR Review The Porsche 911 GT3: Video originally appeared on topspeed.com on Sunday, 31 May 2015 12:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Walter Röhrl Drives The New Porsche 911 GT3 RS: Video

It’s obvious from just looking at the 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS that it is a machine that means business. But in order to get a complete picture of just how serious a machine it really is, one needs to see it on the track and in the hands of a professional. And while the word “professional” is entirely inadequate for someone of Walter Rohrl’s skill level, you get the idea. In this video we can see him taking the car around a track, and from the occasional sounds of protest coming from the tires, it’s safe to assume that he’s got it right at the edge.

The video gives us a few different views of the action, so as to form a more complete picture. Possibly the most entertaining of these is when we get a look at Rohrl’s face as he’s driving, betraying no emotion whatsoever. Then again, for someone like him, this isn’t exactly a difficult task. Perhaps the lack of a third pedal made him bored. The other views show some pretty impressive laps, although the video description doesn’t say which track it is.

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Walter Röhrl Drives The New Porsche 911 GT3 RS: Video originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 28 May 2015 16:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche GT3 Clubsport by KAEGE

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The new Porsche 991 GT3 and its RS variant are making a lot of noise these days and rightly so. But if you want a GT3 Porsche for track work, you can get a lot more for your money by going aftermarket than getting the latest factory model. KAEGE Porsche GT3 Clubsport is what will give you that value.

Based on the 997 generation, the Porsche GT3 Clubsport by KAEGE GmbH is called by its makers the “perfect track tool” which is a fairly accurate description of what this car is all about. They have boosted the power the output, removed the unnecessary weight, and tightened up the chassis to make this old GT3 a formidable weapon for the track day warriors.

The 3.6 liter engine in the Porsche GT3 Clubsport is upgraded to 415 horsepower thanks to stuff like racing headers, 200 cell catalysts and modified air filter. To help the transmission handle the power the tuner has also fitted a Sachs racing clutch and a single mass flywheel. The steering system is also modified for better accuracy and less weight.

All these high-performance parts are also lighter than the ones they replace in the GT3. But the weight saving is not limited to those. KAEGE has also gone for a lithium-ions battery and RS rear window, shaving another 20 kg. Last but not least, they installed a set of red coated ATS superlight rims with Michelin Pilot Cup2 tires and KW Clubsport Variant 3 coilovers, both of which reduce the unsprung weight of the car further.

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PostHeaderIcon Chris Harris Drives The Porsche 991 GT3 RS On Road And Track: Video

There’s always a car of moment, and right now the moment belongs to the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS, the fastest car in the 911 hierarchy before you get to all-out racers like the GT3 R and GT3 RSR. After seemingly years of teasing and spy shots, Porsche has finally released the 991 911 GT3 RS into the wild. Noted Porsche fanatic and red shorts wearer Chris Harris recently got to spend some time behind the wheel on both road and track.

Not surprisingly, he really likes it, and how could he not? With a high-revving 4.0-liter flat-six cranking out 500 horsepower anda wide-body shell that’s about 20 pounds lighter than the normal GT3, the RS is a rear-engined ball of aggression. It devours the smooth German roads and autobahn near Porsche’s headquarters, and at the same time is just as usable as any other 911 in the range. But, it really comes alive on Porsche’s Weissach test track, where Chris does his best to set fire to the enormous 325/31 ZR 21 rear Michelins. Pretty much his only criticism is that it’s not available with a manual transmission.

Chris has quite a history with the GT3 RS. In 2010, he and teammates Roland Asch, Patrick Simon and Horst von Saurma drove what was essentially a bog-standard 997 GT3 RS on slick tires to an amazing 13th place finish at the Nürburgring 24, beating out countless purpose-built GT3 class racers in the process. Shortly after that, he owned a 997 GT3 RS 4.0 for a few months, one of only 600 ever built.

Side note about the shirt he’s wearing in the second half of the video: Some time ago, Chris bet Porsche’s Wolfgang Hatz that the company would not be able to sell all 918 units of the 918 Spyder. Chris lost the bet and held up his end by wearing an apology T-shirt.

Chris Harris Drives The Porsche 991 GT3 RS On Road And Track: Video originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 22 May 2015 18:00 EST.

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