Porsche 997 GT3 RS
For a long time now, Porsche has been consistent in the release of an ‘RS’ version of its cars. ‘RS’ stands for Rennsport which is German for motorsports. As with the Porsche Carrera in 1974 and the T964 911 before it, the 997 GT3 also arrived with the RS variant. It is a homologation model meant to be used in a large range of racing series. Most of the work has been in redesigning the body and enhancing the performance of the engine so that the supercar 2-door coupe is race-worthy. Though the car as such is fantastic, the debate has often been whether the US $150,000 GT3 RS really provides the $20,000 or so extra value compared to the GT3?
The latest generation engine of the GT3 RS arrives with a 4,000 cc engine. It had a 500 hp power capacity. However, the earlier version of the GT3 RS also has a petrol engine which is truly a powerful beast. It is an aspirated, dry-sumped, 3,600cc version of the engine used in the preceding model. At 8,400 rpm, the engine will be able to deliver a super 409 hp performance and it is backed by a maximum torque of about 430 Nm. The powerful engine is able to propel the car from standstill to 100 kmh in under 4.3 seconds! It hits maximum speeds of 310 kmh. To enable such a powerful performance, the car comes with a six-speed transmission for power delivery.
The interiors of the car sport large, comfortable and sporty bucket seats which have automatic seatbelts for safety. While the driver's side dashboard has been filled with gauges, dials and meters, the other side dash is kept almost clean. Airbags, air conditioning, power windows and ABS braking come with the car as naturally as the carpets and windows do! There is also a stereo system which pumps out a good sound output. There is almost no storage space but stowing away small pieces of baggage should be possible. The overall appearance of the cockpit represents safety, luxury and comfort.
Cute and powerful seems to be the adjectives to describe the exteriors of the Porsche 997 GT3 RS. However, the adjectives - powerful, sleek, elegant - can also be used for the same depending on the way the car is viewed. The body has been completely constituted in carbon fiber to achieve about a 20 kg weight reduction. The rear end is the most muscular part of the car and it has wide tracks for greater stability. The dual exhaust has been centrally located. However, the most noticeable feature at the rear is the large, stylish spoiler which is completely aerodynamic in design. Move to the front and you will see a large, sloping and curving hood. The small grille gives the car an appearance of a gentle smile. The single headlamps are really large. The car has been overall-shaped to provide greater grip and riding stability. In the process, some drag is increased and top speed reduced.