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Porsche Introduces An RSR You Can Put Plates On With Its GT3 RS 4.0

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On: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 3:23PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Porsche Introduces An RSR You Can Put Plates On With Its GT3 RS 4.0

You’d think, at some point, the laws of physics would step in and tell Porsche enough’s enough.

I don’t know if the crew in Stuttgart have incriminating photos of Father Time cavorting with Mother Nature or some such blackmail item, but I hope all parties will come clean before they let Porsche unveil the 911 that finally destroys time and space as we know it.

And they’re getting close.

Very close.

There are currently 24 versions of the 911 currently available in the U.S. of A. according to Porsche.com, and every one of them is a mind-bending supercar compared with their predecessors.

And at every stage of development in the model’s 47 year history, praises were sung, superlatives were invented, and everyone just knew that they had driven the ultimate iteration of the car as there was no way they could make it any better.

And they, of course, did.

Turbos were added, as were liquid-cooling systems. Horsepower and torque rose along with displacement and drive was sent to the front wheels in addition to the rears. Tires widened, suspension and steering systems were continually honed to beyond-scalpel-sharp levels and the little coupe absorbed—and exploited—every bit of electrickery invented.

Yet the 911’s basic formula of six horizontally-opposed cylinders hung behind the rear axle hasn’t changed, despite all the derision that’s been heaped upon it by the informed and less so.

And instead of a steadily-evolving line of 911s there’s been an explosion in types, purposes, and targeted end-users, with everything from the base—if there is such a thing at Porsche—$79,000 911 Carrera with 345 hp to the bleeding-edge $245,000 911 GT2 RS with its 620 hp.

This latest model’s branch on the family tree is home of the normally-aspirated, rear-wheel drive, track- (or at least track-day) intended GT3s, with the GT3 RS model being its immediate predecessor.

Equipped with a 450 horsepower 3.8-liter flat-6, the outgoing GT3 RS put its 317 lb.-ft. of non-turbo’d torque down well enough for zero-to-60 mph times of 4 seconds flat, which was good enough to make it the “most powerful naturally aspirated road-going version of the 911 ever.”

Until—you guessed it—now.

Following the American axiom that “there’s no substitute for cubic inches,” Porsche has transplanted the 4.0-liter motor from the GT3 RSR (racing) model into its “You can drive it on the street, but God help you” RS version, creating the 911 GT3 RS 4.0.

This baby’s packing 500 horsepower out back, and with 22 more pound-feet on the firing line, 0-60 times drop to 3.9 seconds with runs up to 124 mph down to under 12 and you'll see 193 mph if you can hold your water that long.

The secret—OK, more like the obvious—contributing factor is the RS 4.0’s svelte sub-3,000 lb. curb weight, an indication (like the interior’s integrated cage and race-ready seats and steering wheel) of this car’s competition leanings.

Like the RSs before it, the 4.0 features many fully-adjustable features, including gear ratios and aerodynamic settings. So to put it simply: Porsche has made another fire-breathing race car available to the general—and rich, though no MSRP has been announced—public, damn the metaphysical consequences.

Look, I’m not saying I wouldn’t love to have one of my own, but I just want you to think about what might happen when you put 500 horsepower down mid-corner in a rear-drive car and it mysteriously doesn’t swap ends the way everyone says high-power 911s do.

You might be the one behind the wheel when laws of physics decide they’re done being flaunted and decide to get a little payback.…

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