Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0

May 16, 2011

The 911 GT3 RS, one of Porsche’s most popular, coveted and successful track-inspired production cars, has been given an injection of thoroughbred motorsport technology resulting in the 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0.

“Limited to 600 vehicles worldwide, the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 brings together in a sports car the attributes that have made the Porsche 911 GT3 a consistent winner on the race track,” the company said in a press release.

The motorsport-derived 4.0-liter engine, already the highest displacement 911 engine ever, also features the highest per-liter output-125 hp per liter-from a naturally aspirated Porsche flat-six engine. The engine uses forged pistons, the connecting rods are fashioned from titanium, and the crankshaft has been lifted unchanged from the 911 GT3 RSR race car.

It achieves its maximum power of 500 hp at 8,250 rpm. Maximum torque of 339 foot-pounds is reached at 5,750 rpm, the release noted.

The 911 GT3 RS 4.0 offers impressive performance, lapping the famed Nurburgring-Nordschleife in 7 minutes and 27 seconds. Available exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission, the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, and with its gearing designed for the race circuit it reaches the 124-mph mark on the race track in under 12 seconds.

The 911 GT3 RS 4.0’s driving dynamics come from numerous, meticulously coordinated details, the company said. In addition to using suspension components typically encountered in motor racing, weight reduction was also of supreme importance. Equipped as standard with lightweight components such as carbon fiber sport bucket seats, carbon fiber front fenders and luggage compartment lid, and weight-optimized carpets, the two-seater’s weight is 2,998 pounds with a full fuel tank.

This limited edition 911 is painted Carrara White as standard and emphasizes its proximity to motor racing by its dynamic appearance. Signature characteristics are the wide track, the low vehicle position, the large rear wing with side plates, central twin tailpipe, and the aerodynamically optimized body.

Air deflection vanes mounted on either side of the front bumper-called “flics” or dive planes-make their first appearance on a production Porsche. They create increased down force on the front axle, and together with the steeply inclined rear wing provide aerodynamics on par with its performance capabilities.

As a result, at the 193 mph top track speed, aerodynamic forces exert an additional 426 pounds of down force.

With a manufacturer’s suggested retail price starting at $185,000 (excluding destination), the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 goes on sale in the United States later this year.