Porsche 991 GT3 RS: the experts’ opinions
Having had 24 hours to digest all the details of the latest Rennsport 911, here are the first thoughts on the Porsche 991 GT3 RS from those in the know:
Lee Sibley – Total 911 Editor
The 991 GT3 RS is long overdue but it looks set to be worth the wait. Despite the increase in power and torque from the new four-litre engine, it’s in the corners where this RS will see the most gains thanks to enhanced chassis layout and dynamics.
I’m also impressed that the new RS is lighter than the GT3 despite that bigger engine and wider body profile, though I’d require a Clubsport-spec cage as I wouldn’t fancy my chances with just a magnesium roof for protection!
Josh Barnett – Total 911 Senior Staff Writer
I never thought there would be a 911 that could make the 997 GT3 RS 4.0 look tame, but the Porsche 991 GT3 RS seems to have done that with aplomb. From the front arch louvres to the huge rear wing, everything about it looks geared toward track performance. In my eyes, that’s a great thing.
After expanding their SUV range last year with the Macan, that Porsche has chosen to start 2015 by launching the 991 GT3 RS is a strong show of intent that the men and women of Zuffenhausen/Weissach are primarily in the business of building extremely fast sports cars.
Christian Ayres – prospective owner
It’s clear from the images that Porsche have concentrated on downforce (especially on the front, with air exit vents). I personally am in favour of Porsche making the gap bigger between the GT3 and the RS, with more race-inspired technology. The interior looks to be of a very high quality and the 918 seats look amazing.
With all the people who have paid a deposit (over a year ago!) I hope Porsche aren’t skinny on the numbers sent to the UK. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I am one of the lucky ones, and feel confident that once behind the wheel I won’t be disappointed.
Nick Tandy – Porsche factory racer
I’ve only seen them parked at Weissach but, aesthetically, I like the little bubbles in the roof. It will definitely be good; it’s got some serious racing pedigree surrounding it.
Ben Barker – Porsche Supercup racer
It looks menacing! A pit lane speed limiter in a road car, in my mind, says everything about this new piece of kit. I also look forward to the potential prospect of the 4.0-litre inserted into a Cup car too.
Make sure you check out the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS in action in this pulse-racing press video.