The 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS revealed and priced

The 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS has been unveiled with more power, more downforce and a more aggressive look than we’ve seen on any 992-generation 911.

It will be in Australia in the second quarter of 2023, with a starting price of $500,200 before road costs.

The new GT3 RS takes the base established by the 911 GT3 and pushes the details to 11.

Power still comes from a naturally aspirated 4.0-litre flat-six engine, but it’s been boosted by 11kW to deliver 386kW through new camshafts with modified cam profiles.

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That power is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with shorter gear ratios than in the GT3. The 100 km/h sprint takes 3.2 seconds and you will do 296 km/h on the track.

Rather than a conventional three-radiator cooling system, Porsche has installed a single, larger radiator where the trunk sits on other 911 models.

The approach borrows from the new 911 R racer and gives Porsche the space to create a more aggressive active aero package than we’ve seen elsewhere in the 992-generation 911 lineup.

The nose houses infinitely adjustable wing elements and the rear wing is movable. Porsche claims the 409kg of downforce on offer at 200km/h is double what the last GT3 RS could handle, and three times what the GT3 offers.

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Prod a button on the steering wheel and a flap on the rear wing opens, essentially giving the driver an F1-style drag reduction system; perfect when you’re stuck behind a Mercedes-Benz on the highway. The rear wing also acts as an airbrake in the event of heavy braking.

The side fins of the front wheel arches are inspired by those of the Le Mans-winning 911 GT1, while the air from the central front radiator circulates on the roof where it is returned to the outside by two fins. They are intended to ensure that hot air is not routed to the engine which, naturally, is rear mounted.

Carbon fiber reinforced plastic has been used for the doors, front fenders, roof and front bonnet lid to help keep the curb weight down to 1450kg – roughly on par with the PDK GT3, despite the Improved hardware installed to make the GT3 RS even more capable on Track.

Speaking of upgraded hardware, the front track of the RS is 29mm wider than that of the GT3. The suspension has been modified to prevent the car from lurching under hard braking, and the electric driver aids and rear steering are more aggressive than on the GT3.

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The front brakes are 408mm units and the rears are 380mm units. The front brake pistons have a larger diameter than on the GT3 and the brake discs themselves are thicker. Carbon ceramics with 410mm front and 390mm rear discs are optional.

In Track mode, drivers can customize the fine details of the car’s behavior.

The rebound and compression damping of the front and rear shock absorbers can be individually adjusted, for example, and differential operation can be changed on the fly using four dials on the steering wheel.

The cabin houses a set of carbon-backed bucket seats and a grippy Alcantara-trimmed steering wheel. A steel roll bar, fire extinguisher and six-point seat belts are part of a free Club Sport package.

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The Weissach package returns for 2023 and brings CFRP front and rear anti-roll bars, rear hitch links and a CFRP shear panel on the rear axle. The roll bar is made of CFRP to save 6 kg over the steel unit, and magnesium wheels are available as an option.

Opting for the Weissach package also gets you paddle shifters with what Porsche calls “motorsport-derived magnetic technology” for a more satisfying click.

Standard equipment in Australia will include:

  • Tinted LED main headlights with Porsche Dynamic Lighting System
  • Auto-dimming mirrors
  • A front axle lift
  • Rear parking sensors
  • A reversing camera
  • A tire sealant kit
  • DAB+ digital radio
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