This has got to be one of the most desirable cars in the world at the moment. Because the new 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS is possibly the most handsome iteration of the iconic 911. Ever.
But it's not all show, there's more go here than ever before, and the car promises to be a revelation of a drive on track days. Here's a car that is a hardcore racer that you can also use everyday. If you can get used to door handles being swapped for straps, and other similar kilo-shedding niceties, that is..
You're not going to buy this car to revel in swathes of luxury, rather you're probably going to be a dedicated (and deep-pocketed) Porsche fan that loves to drive. And drive fast. So let's check out the things that will make Hammond go ‘ha!' and Clarkson go ‘hmm.'
Still not your everyday profile, even though the car has been around for more than 50 years. However, in it's baddest and most extreme incarnation yet, the GT3 RS gets a 911 Turbo-derived body with GT3 RS-specific aerodynamic features like the very low spoiler lip, huge rear wing, and vents above the front wheel arches to improve front axle downforce.
Form remains in perfect harmony with function in the latest 911's rear section, with the large wing aiding downforce and a clean lower fender section accented by side vents. Nice to see that the design of the lower fender sways away from the current trend of ‘more extreme-more fin'. Which is not to say that the effect isn't imposing, quite the opposite, there aren't too many more intimidating (and purposeful) rear designs out there.
The GT3 RS isn't an RS without the roll cage, stunning wheels (centre-locking in the RS) and stripped interior. The car also gets an even wider stance than the GT3, with increased front and rear tracks, that will reduce roll even further. The GT3 RS, in addition, features rear axle steering and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus. Seen clearly in this angle are the classic-911-inspired 30-centimetre-wide central recess on the magnesium roof and carbon fibre bonnet. Don't the front wheel arch vents look stunning too?
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS features a naturally-aspirated, 4.0-litre, six-cylinder engine that produces 500 horsepower and 480 Nm of torque. This powerplant propels the RS from 0-100 km/h in 3.3 seconds and to 200 km/h in an impressive 10.9 seconds. The 2015 911 GT3 RS also trumped the Nurburgring lap time of the Carrera GT by almost 9 seconds, with a timing of 7 minutes and 20 seconds.
The interior is based on the 911 GT3, with Alcantara trim, full bucket seats, preparation for a battery master switch for track use, fire extinguisher, and separately provided six-point safety harness for the driver. An optional Sport Chrono Package is available featuring the Porsche Track Precision smartphone app that can measure lap times via GPS, vehicle speed, lateral acceleration, and more, so you can break down how quick you were over your own Nurburgring lap.
Plenty of reasons why you could put down your money for one of these brilliant machines. We aren't sure of whether this car will ever be seen on Indian roads, but it will launch in the German market in May, 2015. RS-pect!