Porsche 911 GT3 RS arrives with 520 horsepower

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In its lightest configuration, this pack reduces the weight of the 911 GT3 RS down to 1,430 kg.

Following the launch of the 911 GT3 and the 911 GT2 RS, this latest release will see Porsche present its third GT road-approved sports vehicle within a year.

This is the highest power figure yet for a naturally aspirated road-going Porsche model and serves to distance the new 911 GT3 RS from the standard 911 GT3, which adopted the same 368kW evolution of the horizontally-opposed engine as the previous 911 GT3 RS when it was updated past year. Unlike the GT3, which is available with a manual transmission, the RS is only available with a with a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The 520PS motor shoots the 911 GT3 RS from 0 to 100kmph in just 3.2 seconds, reaching a top speed of 312kmph.

An optional weight-loss Weissach package includes magnesium wheels and replacement carbon-fibre components, which drop the overall weight of the GT3 RS to 1430kg. Spring rates have been upped from 45 Nm/mm front and 120 Nm/mm in the rear from the previous GT3 RS, to 100 Nm/mm and 160 Nm/mm in the front and rear, respectively.

Somebody broke the press embargo once again...the new Lizard Green GT3 RS, everyone. The conventional elastokinematic bearings are ditched for ball joints on all suspension arms for increased precision, says Porsche. 20-inch lightweight wheels with newly developed 265/35 sports tires up front enhance agility and steering behaviour, while 21-inch wheels with 325/30 tires at the rear improve traction.

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Inside, the RS features carbon-fiber-shelled bucket seats; lightweight glass, door panels and door opening loops; reduced sound insulation materials; and no rear seats. Porsche has dialed up styling and, most importantly, upped power as well.

For racetrack bling, a no-cost Clubsport package adds a roll bar, fire extinguisher, six-point belt and battery disconnect switch.

Adding the Weissach pack trims the weight of the vehicle down to just 1,430kg thanks to more carbon fibre bits including the roof and magnesium wheels and add unique changes to the styling and paint schemes. There's also a track-focused optional extra called the Weissach package, which features lightweight carbon fibre parts on the chassis and in the cabin.

The GT3 RS will make its public debut at the Geneva stage next month.

The model is now available to order and is scheduled to be launched in Germany this April.

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