Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

New 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS ride review

New 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS ride review

There are no details about why Porsche would let an undisguised 911 stop at a auto shop.

You have my permission to slap whoever tells you that NACA ducts aren't cool. Its 4.0-liter displacement remains unchanged, as per homologation requirements for the race vehicle, and redline is set at 9000 rpm, making it the highest-revving GT3 RS ever.

The GT3 RS features new helper springs at the front axle, in addition to the rear and Porsche says the ride height, toe, camber, caster, and sway bar settings of the suspension can be adjusted for the driver.

When Porsche will unveil the 2019 Porsche 911 is not known yet. It also effectively makes more than the GT2 RS, because while both make the same maximum downforce at top speed-750 lbs with wings in their stock settings, 992 lbs at maximum attack-the top speed of the latter is much higher, 211 miles per hour verses 193 miles per hour. Active dampers, torque vectoring and adjustable suspension components are all present, as well.

There were two glaring omissions from the last generation of Porsche's 911 GT3 RS. Cast iron brakes are standard, but you can opt for carbon-ceramic stoppers if you'll be doing a bunch of track driving - and you will be in this auto, won't you?

It was stolen from an underground vehicle park in Pimlico, Central London, although now it is unknown exactly when the theft actually took place. The front and rear bumpers are made of polyurethane, but lightweight carbon fiber makes an appearance in the front trunk lid and fenders.

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As for the interior. well, it's there, and it's not much different than before.

The rear and side windows are made from lightweight glass and other lightweight materials are employed to help save weight.

Inside gets an Alcantara steering wheel and bucket seats with carbon fiber reinforced backrests.

Those slimming options include a Weissach Package, which alone drops 29kg thanks to carbon fibre roof and bonnet panels, as well as magnesium wheels.

While the new engines sported smaller capacities, they were more powerful, more frugal and faster overall than their predecessors, yet they received lots of flak for losing Porsche's characteristic flat-six sound and instant throttle response. The package reduces the weight of the 911 GT3 RS to just 1,430 kilograms.

You can order the 2019 911 GT3 RS now and it is expected to reach dealers in the fall. We'll see it in Geneva in early March.

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