4 May 2018

Cor. The Porsche 911 GT3 RS is (spoiler alert) such a wonderful thing. Every time Porsche releases a GT-model 911, it's terrific, and we wonder how they make it better. And then they do.

This time, that comes with a power upgrade to the 911 GT3's 4.0-litre engine - which is basically a Cup race car engine - taking it to 513bhp (520 metric hp). It revs to 9000rpm - that's worth hearing, by the way. 

It drives the rear wheels through a seven-speed PDK gearbox, which shifts more quickly and cleanly than ever, and drives through one of the funkiest chassis in the business. The suspension is rose-jointed, there are active engine mounts, a rear-steer system, wheels and tyres from the absurd GT2 RS and the brilliance and genius or Porsche's engineers to make all of this into a massively engaging, brilliant handling, cohesive entirety.

Is it better than other £140,000 coupes? Is it better to drive than the Aston Martin Vantage, Audi R8, McLaren 570S? On a track, the GT3 RS is better than anything this side of a Caterham 7 or Radical.



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6 May 2018

Steve Cropley's Car magazine shouted on its cover in the early eighties: " Porsche 911 dies at last ".

Talk about egregious blunders.

8 May 2018

Have been a performance car fan since I was old enough to walk, I remember my Dad picking up his XR3 96 bhp 0-60mph 8.7 105mph, that was back in 1982 , performance cars have come along since then.

i have been lucky enough to own quite a few , Alipine, Alpina. Porsche’s , Lotus , BMW, Mercedes.

Anyway I digress slightly, what annoys me more than anything is the constant road tests on cars that the vast majority of the motoring public can’t buy. 

Not because off financial constraints, manufacturers such as Porsche who continue to produce limited number of cars that enthusiasts can’t buy.

Many of these so called enthusiastic simple acquire the car and flip the car next day for mega profits.

This inflates market prices on not only GT products but artificial inflates prices of vehicles of similar nature.

suggestion is to make more cars that people want to buy , cut production off Caymans Boxsters , or get customers to sign a 3 year contract ensuring cars can’t be sold just for profit.

Any rant over  

8 May 2018

 I look forward to driving one.  There'll be another Forza out this autumn.

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9 May 2018

Only downside I can see to these is the gearing, well over the national limit at the top of second.

Doesn't show up on these press pieces when you can howl away on a racetrack, but on the road surely it's a lesson in frustration??

Is there a market for a short-ratio RS, in homage to the old lightweight hillclimb cars perhaps?

15 May 2018

Please stop comparing the 911 GT3RS with cars that you could actually buy, like the Aston Martin Vantage, Audi R8 or McLaren 570S. Road test it by all means, but for the sake of honesty make it clear that this is a limited edition publicity stunt sold below the cost of manufacture to a very limited number of people to boost Porsche's image. Those of us who are not in the select few find this both a bore and annoying, and if you don't stop I will cancel my subscription.

Compare these cars with a Porsche you can buy, like a 911 GTS, and you have a fair test. The McLaren, incidentally, will cream it.

A wellwisher

17 May 2018

What percentage of readers are able to buy any of the other three you name?  How many they make is irrelevant to most of us, and is no reason to avoid the comparison.

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2 July 2018

What pecentage?

26 November 2018
Great job

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