Few subjects are as sore among the Porsche faithful as the company’s refusal to put a manual transmission in the current 991 generation of their mad track weapon, the 911 GT3 RS. Now one heroic owner is doing what Porsche should have done from the factory by putting a manual transmission into his own 991.1 GT3 RS.
Right after Porsche got our hopes up by adding a manual transmission as an option for the 2018 911 GT3, their head of GT cars brought us right back down by saying that six-speed won’t be used in the more hardcore GT3 RS. I thought you understood us, Porsche? I thought we had a thing?
You work hard. You deserve nice things, like a Porsche. But not just any Porsche — the baddest, meanest, trackiest Porsche ever, the 2016 GT3 RS. The one with 493 horsepower from a naturally aspirated flat six, a top speed of nearly 200 mph, and a kit that makes it basically a street legal race car.
Though the world has seen it way before Porsche wanted us to, we're still waiting on the official details of why the 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS will be so magical. In the meantime, here's some info from Porsche's R&D boss himself, including the tidbit that it may just get a manual yet. Huzzah!
The NOISE! It even has a bit of an air-cooled-ness about it. V8s are my favorite sounding engines, followed by V12s, but Porsche's flat-six holds a special place in my heart, and this one is an absolute winner.
Porsche has taken 911 special variant editions to all new levels, with this — the Porsche 911 GT3 RS VM edition. It's the first ever Porsche designed to withstand the insane pressures found on both the race track and in highway construction zones.
The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car is probably the most popular race car in the world. It races in nearly every series, it's über capable, and it's a Porsche.
We continue to want to marry "Queen Of The 'Ring" Sabine Schmitz, especially after this video of her slamming someone's Porsche 911 GT3 around the Nurburgring then nearly slamming it into a wall, only to pull off an incredible save.
Crashing a Porsche 911 GT3 RS is very bad. Crashing one into a fuel pump and not having the whole thing blow up is very bad and very lucky. Unless it was a BP protest. Then, it failed miserably.
We'd been fantasizing about the symphony of a 450 HP 3.8-liter flat-six all morning, and now that we've sampled it and seen the car on the track, the $132,800 asking price doesn't seem all that unreasonable.
Thanks to a larger 3.8-liter flat-six, the 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS makes 450 HP. Expect US sales of the track-ready, yet street-legal super Porsche to start early next year for $132,800.
Slotting just under the new 911 Turbo, Porsche's new track-ready yet street-legal 911 GT3 RS gets an added 15 HP over the non-RS GT3, bringing power up to 450 HP thanks to the larger 3.8-liter flat-six. Full gallery, details below.