Thanks to our friends at Regal Valet, we had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the best in Porsche’s current line-up. Yep, we’re talking about the all-new 911 GT3RS. Launched just two months back, the GT3RS is a street-legal, track car that claims a 7 min 20 sec lap time at the Nürburgring — yes, faster than even the mighty Carrera GT!
Powering the car is the familiar naturally aspirated flat-six engine that churns out an impressive 500hp/460Nm and sprints from rest to 100km/h in just 3.3 secs then blitzing the double ton at 10.9 secs! Using the 991 Turbo as a base, the GT3RS gains aero vents, including the front spoiler lip and absolutely massive rear wing.
As you might expect, the car’s weight saving ethos is maintained throughout with use of magnesium for the roof and carbon fibre in both the front boot and engine lids. Heck, even the Porsche logo up front is a sticker instead of the regular emblem! In fact, the 991 GT3RS is a whole 10kgs lighter than the 991 GT3 equivalent. The goal? To keep center of gravity low which in turn, improves lateral dynamics.
Despite all that weight saving ideologies, there are still plenty of modern touches – a massive array of driver aids tech, entertainment system, front lifters, and should you wish, the optional Sport Chrono package that adds sensors and timers.
You already know that this is a street-legal track weapon, so its no surprise that there’s a roll-bar in the rear. Mounted up front are a pair of bucket seats (based on the seats from Porsche’s 918 Spyder), with this particular car getting the optional six-point harness.
There are swathes of leather, Alcantara along with carbon fibre trim spread across the interior, and if it wasn’t for the seats and roll bar, it would almost feel like any other Porsche. Slip the key into the ignition, left foot on the brakes, crank the ignition and she wakes up, sounding sedate. It isn’t until you open the valves via Sports Exhaust that the car then reveals a darker, more sinister side.
Unfortunately, no — we did not get any drive time in this car. As it stands, the GT3 and GT3RS… in fact, any GT-variant in the Porsche line-up, still eludes me. Perhaps someday… soon. Sticker price for one of these OTR in Malaysia sits at a whopping RM1,750,000 inclusive of duties. But wait, before you scramble to make a booking for one, all 20+ units that have been allocated for Malaysia have already been accounted for.
More interestingly, how does the GT3RS compare against its sister, the 991 GT3? Price aside (some RM500k cheaper!), the “regular” GT3 weighs in just a little bit heavier, and with 475hp/440Nm and a century sprint of 3.5 secs, this clearly is no slouch. Which would you pick?