The 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS is both the end of an era and a game changer


With the exception of a handful of large-scale automakers, such as Mazda, everyone has moved on to forced induction and downsizing in the past decade, but even these will disappear in two. twitching of a lamb’s tail.

There is, however, another car brand that is still working hard to keep the spirit of internal combustion engines up and surprisingly raising the bar for EV technology at the same time.

That brand is Porsche, and it looks like it won’t leave old-school aficionados without their items of desire despite the paradigm shift taking place around the world.

So it turns out that the first half of 2022 will be one of the busiest times in the history of Porsche’s infamous GT department, which is more akin to a skunkworks division when it comes to truly spectacular projects.

With that in mind, the 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS (992) promises to be nothing short of spectacular in every sense of the word.

By that we mean that it could very well be the most hardcore GT3 RS model in Zuffenhausen brand’s history, as the car is about the fastest and probably the last homologation stage powered by a naturally aspirated engine.

The other project that will be unveiled around the same time next year is the very first 718 Cayman GT4 RS, which is also expected to rewrite the rules for its class using a similar powertrain approach that could be a detuned version. of the 4.0-liter flat-six. in the “normal” 911 GT3.

Getting back to the 911 GT3 RS, its 4.0-liter mill is expected to deliver around 530 horsepower and at least 480 Nm (354 lb-ft) of torque, which may not seem so crazy in the age of hybrids and of forced induction.

That said, Porsche has never taken the brute force approach in its GT3 homologation stages, but rather the clinical way of doing things, with full lap times being much more important than drag times. .

So the best way to aim for a smashing lap time is with a focus on grip levels, which is why the next-gen 911 GT3 RS looks like a Batmobile-meet-Cyberpunk 2077.

The model should not only raise the bar set by the not-so-smooth 911 GT3, but demolish it completely, and a look at that obnoxiously large rear spoiler and all the extra aero parts is sure to put everyone in agreement. with this statement.

While the non-RS versions are fast enough so far to achieve a pretty impressive 6: 59.927-minute lap time on the famous Green Hell, next year’s 911 GT3 RS could gain a few seconds even compared to the much more powerful 991.2 GT2 RS, and this could be mainly due to the innovative aerodynamics and lower weight.

Speaking of weight, the model seems to have gone from funky door handles that electrically stand out from the regular 911 992 to more traditional handles, which on their own could reduce a few hundred grams.

As many Porschephiles know, RS models typically go so far as to use stickers instead of enamel badges just to shave off around 40 grams, or use fabric door straps instead of aluminum or plastic levers for the same reason for saving weight, so every bit helps no matter how unusual the solution may seem.

With a carbon fiber double bubble roof to suit the use of racing helmets and CFRP With parts replacing almost all the aluminum possible on the model, the 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS will certainly be part of the flyweight division among similar performance cars.

The engine will also do its part in moving that low mass of aerodynamic cunning around a track, with no less than six individual throttle bodies and a dry-sump lubrication system, paired as standard with a dual-clutch transmission at seven speeds instead of the eight speed as on the normal 911.

Along with the similar but less powerful flat-six of the upcoming 718 Cayman GT4 RS, these two powertrains will be the latest masterpieces in Porsche’s incredible line of road engines capable of exceeding 9,000 rpm.

It’s not just the weight savings or the fantastic powertrain that will necessarily make the difference in terms of performance, but the aggressive downforce levels achieved through technology borrowed directly from the world of motorsport, with a touch of innovation. made possible by the lack of strict regulations, such as in professional racing.

The biggest detail in your face is obviously represented by the giant gooseneck rear wing, which is not only much larger than on the 911 GT3, but also fully mobile, making a DRS (Drag Reduction System) type possible. F1. much more efficient at the same time.

The fender works in perfect harmony with the other moving aero parts up front and under the car, much like the crazy ALA system on the latest hardcore Lamborghinis, and even the pressure vents above the front wheels are apparently movable. , just like on the upcoming Mercedes -AMG One hypercar.

This means that the new GT3 RS will only produce the downforce it needs, with its drag coefficient constantly changing, depending on the circumstances.

With all the static winglets and movable vents and fenders, the models could not only beat the lap time of the Nurburgring in 6: 47.3 minutes of the 991.2 GT2 RS, but also the Manthey version, with rumors of a time on lap less than 6:40 minutes increasing.

While that sounds silly for a car with less than 600 horsepower and enough comfort creatures to make it suitable for a life that isn’t always lived on the track, Porsche’s GT department really wants naturally aspirated engines. come out with a bang as he prepares for a battery-powered future.

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