Product launches are almost as always, a rather routine affair for us in this line of work. But sometimes in a 365 day calendar, theres one rather exciting arrival of a car that seriously gets you up and going. For 2015 – it has got to be the launch of the all-new Porsche 911 GT3 RS 991!
The presentation of the all-new RS model was an affair in conjunction with the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia , round 9 & 10 in Sepang International Circuit. A wunderbar exhibition considering that the location is the home ground of where the GT3 RS will be spending most of it’s life around – the circuit.
First premiered at the Geneva International Motor Show earlier this year, the new GT3 RS (991) breaks down the barrier between street-legal sports cars and race cars. Equipped with the maximum degree of motorsport technology derived from the brand’s long experience in racing, it is the ultimate wet-dream of a road legal race car.
Extensive modifications to its drive system, aerodynamics and lightweight design enhances the performance even farther as compared to the GT3 variant. The RS or more known as ‘Renn-Sport’ is a name plate for the extreme 911 model only, and the new car takes it to another level; lapping the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife in just 7 minutes and 20 seconds. A whopping 7 seconds faster than the last generation’s GT3 RS 4.0 (997) model.
The fifth generation RS was officially unveiled by Arnt Bayer, CEO of Sime Darby Auto Performance; along with race drivers Chris Van der Drift, Craig Baird and Alif Hamdan in conjunction with the on-going PCCA 2015 race.
Arnt Bayer said – “The 911 GT3 RS models have always stood for top sportiness and emotional appeal. Its direct correlation with motorsports makes possible uncompromising driving dynamics and an intensive driving experience. Never before has a “GT street vehicle” been closer to its Cup and RSR cousins, both visually and functionally.”
True to it’s roots – the new GT3 RS sports a 4.0-litre normally aspirated flat six engine that churns out a whopping 500 bhp and 460nm, revving to 9000rpm. Naught-to-sixty is dealt with in just 3.3 seconds and the sprint to 200km/h is done in just 10.9 seconds.
For the first time in an RS model, it is fitted with Porsche’s PDK dual-clutch transmission rather than a manly, manual gearbox. Stands as the most highly controversial upgrade to the new GT3 RS, Porsche argues that the PDK box is meant to take the most extreme 911 model to a whole new level of performance.
The most significant change in the fifth generation is the fact that the new GT3 RS is based on the wider, 911 Turbo body rather than the usual widened Carrera 4 body. A combination of materials from carbon fibre, magnesium and aluminium altogether brings a rather significant weight saving, thus the new RS weighs only a paper-like 1420kg.
The base price for the new 911 GT3 RS starts from RM 1,750,000 which includes a 4-year factory warranty. The price stated includes all applicable duties but excludes registration free, road tax and insurance. Specifications and prices are subject to change.
For more information, please visit Sime Darby Auto Performance authorised showroom or the Porsche Malaysia website.
Words & Photos – Qhalis Najmi