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Porsche GT3 RS 4.0: The Purest Purist's Car Ever.

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On: Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 11:19AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Porsche GT3 RS 4.0:  The Purest Purist's Car Ever.

So, maybe you’re a sports car purist. You want things simple, but deadly efficient on the road and track. You know that a low curb weight is just as important as the amount of power you are putting to the ground, so that means no turbo, no hefty all-wheel drive setup, and no silly self-shifting techno-crazed semi-automated, triple-clutch, paddle-shifted nonsense. Your dream car should have a clutch, and a shifter, and should be powered by a naturally-aspirated, high revving hero under the hood bred from pure racing DNA, and that's about it. 

Well, if this sounds little like you, then the upcoming Porsche GT3 RS 4.0 has a driver's seat waiting for you. The big news is that famous flat-six cylinder engine that powers most of Porsche's perennial superstar car is bumped up in size from medium to large, displacing the largest engine Porsche has ever offered: 4.0 full liters (up from 3.8 in the last model). Obviously with more displacement, comes more power. Talk about badass, the road-going version of the GT3 RS actually kicks out more power than its race car sibling. Unhampered by goofy rules and regulations, the road car gets a sickening 500 horsepower at a very race car-like 8,250 rpm (50 more than the racer and 45 more than the current GT3). Oh, and how about 339 pound-feet of torque at 5,750 rpm out of a naturally aspirated Porsche engine? One more question: remember that racing DNA? How does titanium connecting rods, forged pistons, and the same crankshaft as the GT3 RSR sound? So far, so good.

A full roll-cage and extensive use of carbon fiber on the hood, fenders, wing, doors, and trunk give this stripped down, powered-up Porsche all the street cred it needs to make a splash at any car show, stop light, or race track. Just for proof, Porsche engineers took the sub-3000 pound GT3 RS 4.0 for a spin on the legendary Nurburgring and ran a best time of 7 minutes and 27 seconds, which actually beats every other Porsche ever made except the mighty 620-horsepower, twin-turbo, all-wheel drive GT2 RS of 2010. Porsche claims the GT3 RS 4.0 will hit 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, which will probably end up being a bit conservative, as well as the claimed quarter mile trap speed of 124 mph in "less than 12 seconds". Think something closer to 3.3 seconds and around an 11.5 second pass in the 1320.

So, does this sound a little like you? If so get down to your local German sports car dealer and plop down $185,000 (which, seems extremely reasonable, all things considered) and hope you can grab one of the 600 planned production pieces for this finale of the 997-generation 911 model. It is the purest car a purist can buy, so you can be sure they are going to go... fast.

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