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Porsche 911 GT3 or 911 GT3 RS: Why To Buy

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Don’t let the name fool you, Porsche isn’t trying to confuse anyone. Growing up around Camaros, I thought RS stood for rarely starts. But in Germany its a suffix for Renn Sport, or “Racing”. It is our job to help you find the car of your dreams, so let’s look at the Porsche 911 GT3 vs the 911 GT3 RS: why to buy!

Starting with the common ground, they are both examples of the Porsche 911. That means they are powered by a flat six-cylinder engine. It is mounted behind the rear wheels for optimal grip. Aside from having the same rear quarter panels, that is about all these two share.

Porsche 911 GT3

As the name implies, this car uses technology from GT3 racing. It starts with a 4.0L engine rated at 500 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque. This can be sent to a 7-speed PDK or 6-speed manual transmission. The automatic will launch you to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 198 mph. Wheels measure in a 20″, wearing 245/35 tires up front and 305/30 on the rear.

Although it is not really a secret, you can also have the same performance in a discreet manner. The Porsche 911 GT3 Touring looks like a 911 Carrera S until you get close. It is a wolf in sheep’s clothing!

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

If you have an additional $43,900, Porsche will sell you a 911 GT3 RS. For that additional sum, you will receive the best suspension ever offered by this manufacturer. Instead of progressive coil springs, each main coil has a helper coil inside. Not only does this allow the unsprung mass to react more quickly, it offers better weight transfer while cornering.

To preserve the alignment, every suspension part is connected to the chassis with ball joints. Eliminating the rubber bushings offers years of confident cornering. Next they went deep into the engine to find 20 more horsepower and 7 more lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, this is more than the 6-speed manual could handle, so the 7-speed PDK is the only transmission offered. Options like Air Conditioning, carpet and radio can be omitted if you need to save a few dollars.

The roof, fenders, and hood are carbon fiber. The reduction in weight allows 60 mph to arrive in 3 seconds flat. Larger spoilers on both ends hurt the top speed, knocking it down to only 193 mph. Increased downforce requires more rubber on the road. It comes in the form of 265/35/20 tires on the front and 325/30/21 on the rear. It also receives a roll cage on the assembly line, so it arrives ready to race. It can be yours for $187,500.

In summary, the first is a street car with racing heritage, the second is a race car that is also street legal. Every Porsche 911 is a correct choice, so it comes down to your personal preferences. Drive them both and let us know which one you choose. Stay with us for all your Porsche news.

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