The redesigned 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS managed to lap the complete 12.9 miles of the Nürburgring Nordschleife in a time of 6:49.328, making it round 10 seconds quicker than the 911 GT3 and 7 seconds quicker than the predecessor mannequin.
Impressively, the time shouldn’t be far off the 6:43.616 file for manufacturing automobiles on the ‘Ring, set by the rather more highly effective, twin-turbocharged Mercedes-AMG GT Black Collection in 2020. The Porsche sticks with naturally aspirated energy, on this case from a 4.0-liter flat-6 whose output peaks at 518 hp and drives the rear wheels by way of a 7-speed dual-clutch automated transmission.
The GT3 RS did have some assist, nonetheless, and never solely from its proficient driver, Jörg Bergmeister, an endurance racing driver and one of many take a look at drivers for the GT3 RS. For the run, which came about on Oct. 5, the automobile was fitted with its obtainable Weissach Bundle and obtainable Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires.
The Weissach Bundle shaves off 17.6 lb because of cast magnesium wheels, carbon-fiber exterior elements, and carbon-fiber-reinforced-plastic anti-roll bars. It additionally provides rear coupling rods, a rear-axle shear panel, and magnetic paddle shifters that Porsche says delivers a extra exact really feel. The curb weight with out the package deal is 3,268 lb.
One other key to the automobile’s efficiency is its high-downforce upgrades. At 177 mph, the automobile generates 1,895 lb of downforce, or 3 times as a lot as a 911 GT3. In keeping with Bergmeister, the automobile misplaced slightly downforce resulting from robust winds on the day, that means a quicker time might probably be achieved in the proper situations.
The 2023 911 GT3 RS is due at dealerships subsequent spring. It is priced to begin at $225,250, together with vacation spot. Choosing the Weissach Bundle will add one other $33,520 to the invoice.