- Mark Stevenson
FIRST LOOK AT THE 2019 PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS
The Most Powerful, N.A., Road-Legal 911 Ever
It's amazing how many unique derivatives Porsche can develop from a single model. The versatile 911 has one of the most expansive model ranges in existence, with the humble Carrera, the more powerful Turbo, the stylish Targa, and the numerous GT models. At the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, Porsche will complete the current generation's family with the most powerful, naturally aspirated, road-legal 911 ever made: the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
The third road-legal GT model revealed within the last 12 months following the new GT3 and GT2 RS, the 2019 GT3 RS is powered by a 4.0-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder with a screaming 9,000 rpm redline. Forget about torque. This is a horsepower machine. At its peak, the GT3 will generate 520 horses—20 more than the 2016 911 GT3 RS and current 911 GT3—but only 346 lb-ft of torque. But don't worry: you don't need metal-shredding twisting power to set blisteringly fast lap times. The GT3 RS can sprint from the pit box to 60 mph in 3 seconds flat, onto a top track speed of 193 mph. There's no manual transmission or all-wheel drive here. Instead, the GT3 RS sends power to the rear wheels with a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic.
When the GT3 RS arrives at U.S. dealers this fall, expect to shell out at least $187,500 plus a $1,050 delivery fee before you even look at the options list.
Comparatively speaking, those with the wealth and want for a sports car like the GT3 RS don't have a vast swath of other options. The Mercedes-AMG GT R is a bit more powerful and about $30,000 less than the GT3 RS, but not as quick to 60 mph. Meanwhile, the McLaren 570S is just as quick to 60 mph as the GT3 RS and has a greater top speed, but it costs a few grand more. And if you don't mind going the domestic route, Chevrolet will bring its new Corvette ZR1 to dealers later this year, which is capable of a higher 212 mph top speed for about the same price. Even Ford will happily sell you a track ready, 526-hp Mustang Shelby GT350 for much less than the GT3… But at the end of the day if you want the most bad-ass Porsche on the track, you should buy this.
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