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Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 - a limited edition 500 bhp RSR racecar for the road


April 28, 2011

The GT3 RS 4.0 is the first production Porsche to wear "flics", the distinctive lateral front air deflection vanes previously only seen on race cars

The GT3 RS 4.0 is the first production Porsche to wear "flics", the distinctive lateral front air deflection vanes previously only seen on race cars

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There aren't many vehicles which can be guaranteed instant classics the moment they're announced, but the Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 announced overnight, is one of them. Only 600 will be made for worldwide consumption, going on sale in July at GBP128,466, EUR178,596 across Europe and AUD$409,000 in Australia. A roadgoing version of the GT3 RSR race car, the RS sports the biggest 911 engine ever at 4.0 liters, and the most powerful non-turbo 911 engine ever at 500 bhp. It can lap the Nurburgring-Nordschleife circuit in 7:27 if you're good enough, hits 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, and comes ready with a half roll cage, seat belt harnesses, fire extinguisher, and a battery cut-off switch if, or maybe when, you get it rubber side up.

The 125 bhp per liter engine is pure RSR, right down to the titanium con-rods, with maximum power at 8,250 rpm and maximum torque of 460 Nm at 5,750 rpm. It all runs through a six-speed manual sports transmission and even the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system (an electronic adjustment system for each of the four wheels that that monitors and controls the suspension damping independently for each wheel in real time) has been given revised settings while the rear axle has extra ball-joints for greater adjustability.

Like its racing sibling, the RS features light weight everything as standard – carbon fiber seats, bonnet and front wing, plastic rear windows and even the carpets are "weight-optimized." The diet has yielded a car with a kerb weight of 1,360 kg.

The aerodynamic Carrera White GT3 RS 4.0 will be easily recognizable, both inside and out. It's the first production Porsche to wear "flics" (the distinctive lateral front air deflection vanes previously only seen on race cars), and has a big, steeply-inclined rear wing with adapted side plates, all designed to bring the vehicle into what Porsche terms "aerodynamic equilibrium" – the aerodynamics add 190kg of downforce at top speed.

For passengers who might miss the not-so-subtle external styling cues, the red and black Alcantara-covered sports seats are emblazoned with the words "RS 4.0" in red on the headrests, with suitably prominent RS 4.0 logos on the carbon fiber door entry guards and also the carbon fiber dashboard trim.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon

Another delight for the boy racers in all of us. Other than looking pretty, what is the point of this monster gas guzzler in the light of heavy traffic congestion and $4/gallon (USD) fuel prices? Last time I could drive 150mph on the public highway was in 1974 (last century). The ONLY true sports vehicle for the motoring enthusiast these days is a motorcycle. IMHO these and all other high horsepower vehicles should be heavily taxed based on power, and do it every year. Pete, in Tacoma WA USA


I\'m not a hysterical warmist so I\'ll take one :) I live for the $4 gallon, here in the UK we are already paying 1.40 GBP A LITRE I like bikes but they have poorly functioning glove compartments.

I can\'t be taxed any more or I\'ll have to Pay to Earn not pay as you earn :(

Victor McDermott

What is wrong with you Peder--we have seen what your liberal confederates have done to this country with this keep taxing mentality. If a guy wants to buy a car that goes this fast and he has earned the right of buying it by hard work. He should be praised, as he should....Taxed for power...Who are these people...Oh yea they bought smart cars and are pissed, that I run past them with my Shelby....Just stay in the slow lane and out of our way as we blow buy. What I would pay taxes for is a fast lane ala autobaun that I can speed the car.....

Allen Miller

Well, here in Vancouver, Canada, yesterday I paid $1.54 a litre for premium... Get used to it - $2.00 a litre this year for sure - a litre is .26 gallons US, so 4 litres to the gallon = $6.00 a gallon for gasoline! But, that doesn\'t matter for any Porschephile - the car is without doubt, one of the best you can buy for any money - I know several Porsche owners who went to the dark side of Italian sportscars, only to return to Porsche after a brief fling with those alluring Italian sweethearts - Why? - because in the real world that we drive in every day, only the Porsche can give you such Wolrd-beating quality, durability, daily drivebility and deep pride of ownership... Let\'s face it, current Porsches are the best all around sports cars ever built!


Peder- I have never in my life posted anything on any website ever, until now. \"these and all other high horsepower vehicles should be heavily taxed based on power, and do it every year.\" While I respect your opinion, I completely disagree. Don\'t you pay attention to fuel prices? THEY INCLUDE TAX! That means every time someone drives one of these vehicles, they pay for it. The fact that higher horsepower vehicles usually consume more fuel means the owner pays for it every time they use the right pedal. You also mention a yearly fee. That is also included already. It\'s called Vehicle Registration tags. The more expensive your vehicle, the more expensive your tags, again, paid yearly. So what, now you want them to be taxed MORE? I got a tune for ya... \"Heeeeeeeeeeyyyyyyyy jealousyyyyyyyyyyy\"


Isn\'t it wonderful to see a 300lb. fat cat driving a car that costs him $100k to save him 55lbs. -that he could save if he would just diet. I love seeing them wasting their money servicing their own vanity!


Everyone makes the ores.

Everyone makes the metals and materials.

Everyone builds the gas guzzlers.

Everyone busts their arses making profit from making pollution in the process.

Then they get to buy and drive the gas guzzler cars.

Every magazine runs the stories to get the readership to push the advertising to make the money.

As life collapses in the oceans, through acidification.

As the polar ice caps melt.

As people die from the pollution in the air, the sea, the land and the food;

Everyone says, \"It\'s not my problem and why doesn\'t the government do something about it.

Kudos to a magazine that promotes life.

Mr Stiffy

another pointless car for rich people

Mike Donovan

plus1 Mr Stiffy.

I'm horse power whore from right foot to rear wheels, but what most people still fail to grasp is we could be risking our children's future by poisoning their world. Even the childless will need some one to attend to Mr Stiffy's "to do" list for the mindless masses. That's why taxes must be levied on CO2. Because Victor and Allen may not be conducting themselves in an environmentally responsible manner. But Vic and Al, i'd love to be wrong.


These manufacturers trying their outmost best to make a car desireable enough so they find... 1- 2 buyers. You will be ruining your children\' s future if you DO buy this car, not for the CO2 emmissions but cause you would have spent the entire family fortune to get it.


People who buy these cars do not go in the \"poor house\" doing so, they are well healed enough to purchase one comfortably, and as for emissions? The earth will not come undone because some one chose to own and drive one! If you have worked hard and have earned a place in life that you would like to have one then you should be able to. I can\'t understand you people who think nobody should have or own high end cars? Walk the walk and talk the talk amongst your self\'s but PLEASE leave the rest of us out of it who choose to aspire to a higher standard of living. It wont be us who kill the earth and if you had any belief that didn\'t revolve around Godless hokum you would know how the earth ends.


All this talk about environmental irresponsibility is silly. This a limited production car that pollutes the air less than my old Chevy pickup with a gas guzzling V8. Is there really that much difference in pollution between this high end sports car and the more common European cars on the Autobahn? Not likely. The reason we are looking at this muscle flexing engineering marvel is that we think it would be great to be the one behind the wheel. Let\'s not put something down just because it is still outside our ability to aquire it. We read this cool stuff on Gizmag because we like it!


Whoa there little dogies, I think we are missing the point, the article was about a car not its pollution performance. I love the car and I hate people who say they have EARNED to right to pollute.

So lets separate this debate and maybe have two columns one about the morals behind gas guzzling monsters and one about how insanely cool this car is.

Just my thoughts

Nick Rowney

Simply beautiful... just got #214 limited edition out of 600. I recently read that someone has already crashed this Porsche GT3 RS 4.0 south of Germany. What a shame. The crash was a gruesome image of this beauty. Looking forward to enjoying mine safely.

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