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2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Almost Ready For Debut

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2014 Porsche 911 GT3

2014 Porsche 911 GT3

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We know the 991-series Porsche 911 GT3 RS is due out in the summer, as a 2015 model, and that it will almost certainly come exclusively with Porsche’s PDK dual-clutch transmission. Now we have some fresh details on the latest in a line of outlandish 911s that date back to the legendary Carrera RS 2.7 of 1973 and have served many a track enthusiast well.

Auto Express is reporting that the car will be a lighter and faster version of the already lithe GT3 and that engineers are focused on improving downforce--to the tune of 50 percent over the GT3. Testing of the car is well underway, with racing legend Walter Rohrl among the crew of test staff.

The aero package will be markedly different to the one on the GT3 and is expected to feature new winglets on the front spoiler. Fatter tires will also be fitted, meaning an even wider body. Yes, while the GT3 already adopts the wide body of the all-wheel-drive 911 Carrera 4, GT3 RS trim will see an upgrade to the extra-wide body of the latest 911 Turbo, adding an extra 1.1 inches of girth.

Typical GT3 RS modifications such as carbon fiber panels, a plastic rear window and a spartan cabin will help shed some pounds over the GT3’s 3,152-lb curb weight, and engineers are also likely to have shortened the final drive ratio, stiffened the suspension and made the GT3’s 475-horsepower 3.8-liter flat-six more responsive.

We’ve already outlined why Porsche is no longer offering a conventional manual on its ‘purist’ models, but there’s more to it than just performance. Engineering the car for two transmissions necessitates added complexity and cost, and the PDK’s hydraulic pump is said to be necessary for the car’s other components. Porsche’s new four-wheel-steering system is also expected to feature.

Expect 0-60 mph acceleration of 3.3 seconds or less, a top speed in excess of 195 mph and a Nürburgring lap time better than the GT3’s 7:25.

Note, there are two other extreme Porsche 911s still in the works, although their release is yet to be confirmed. One is a new 911 GT2, which may be launched at the end of the year, should it be approved for production, and the other is an even more extreme 911 GT2 RS that would likely follow a year later.

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