2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Has 518 HP and Insane Aero Elements (2024)

  • Porsche has revealed the hardcore GT3 RS variant of the 2023 911.
  • It has slightly more horsepower than the standard GT3, at 518 horsepower, but far more aggressive aerodynamics.
  • The GT3 RS starts at $225,250 before gas-guzzler tax.

Think of the Porsche 911 GT3 variants as wild geese, breathing free and flying high while the rest of the flock grows fat on the ground, dependent on a diet of forced induction. Wild and free GT3s may be, but there's a limit to how much air an engine can move on its own. That means the 2023 911 GT3 RS can't lean on a meaningful power increase to rise above its turbocharged competition.

With 518 horsepower on tap, the newest GT3 RS is the most powerful naturally aspirated 911—but only by a modest bump over the 502 found in the GT3. Raw power, then, is not the focus here. Instead, Porsche engineers were much more interested in manipulating the airflow outside of the engine. The result is a flagship where performance is measured not by how fast the engine ingests the atmosphere but by how efficiently the body moves through it.

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To achieve peak aerodynamic performance, every body panel of the RS is special—even the door skins are carbon fiber. All around the body, air is scooped, shunted, split, and spoiled. As a result, many of the aero upgrades contain all the s­ubtlety of an unlicensed plastic surgeon's work. Hey, if you want subtlety, get a GT3 Touring.

Down to Earth

A massive wing towers over the rear of the car, providing enough surface area for an entire spätzle buffet. This active unit contributes to producing 902 pounds of downforce at 124 mph and 1896 pounds at 177 mph.

Increased downforce also results in additional drag at higher speeds, but Porsche has one trick it cribbed from Formula 1: a drag-reduction system (DRS). So long as the car is pointed straight, the driver-activated DRS stalls the wing to reduce drag at higher speeds. And to maintain top-end punch, a shorter final-drive ratio replaces that of the GT3. A seven-speed PDK automatic is the only transmission offered. Both drag and gearing conspire to revoke the GT3 RS's autobahn card, though top speed, down from 198 mph in the GT3, remains respectable at 184.


The aero theme continues underneath, where teardrop-shaped control arms on the front axle improve wheel-well airflow. A wider front track (up 1.1 inches over the GT3), thanks to longer control arms and wider tires, distributes load over a broader axle. The lower control-arm ball joints are repositioned lower to reduce dive under braking, and there's also the ability to individually adjust the compression and rebound stages of the front and rear dampers via steering-wheel controls.

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To make room for the front end’s active aero elements, Porsche combined the three radiators into a single heat exchanger mounted at an angle in the front cargo area—make that the former cargo area.

Powertrain + Performance

New camshaft profiles specific to the GT3 RS enabled Porsche to fine-tune the characteristics of the existing 4.0-liter flat-six and grant it the 15 extra horses. While horsepower may have plateaued, we still predict a sub-three-second zero-to-60-mph time.

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The brakes are shared with the GT3, though the 16.1-by-1.4-inch iron front discs are 0.1 inch thicker. Carbon-ceramics are optional. Forged aluminum wheels are standard, wearing 275/35-20 rubber up front and steamroller 335/30-21s out back. The Weissach package unlocks the option of magnesium wheels.

The Weissach package costs a whopping $33,250, and Porsche has released a configurator for the GT3 RS if you want to see all the options and personalize one for yourself. All the RS model's enhancements bring the starting price to $225,250 (before gas-guzzler tax), or about $63,000 more than a GT3.

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2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Has 518 HP and Insane Aero Elements (2024)


How much horsepower does the 2023 GT3 RS have? ›

The GT3 RS, which joins the lineup this year, gets tuned up to 518 horsepower and comes with all manner of aero elements that create massive downforce to it stick it to the road—including an outrageous rear wing that incorporates a drag-reduction system similar to those on Formula 1 race cars.

How many 2023 GT3 RS will be made? ›

Only 1,250 will be produced worldwide. But wait, there's more! Also added for 2023 is a special edition 911 Dakar model that will be limited to 2,500 units worldwide.

How much will 2023 GT3 RS cost? ›

Starting at $223,800. If you are looking for a new 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS and have any questions about price or leasing, please call our sales team at 866-548-0079.

How many GT3 RS are made each year? ›

Porsche 911 GT3 Production Build Numbers
CarYears ofUnits Built
991.1 GT3 RS2016–20174,500
991.2 GT3 - PDK2017–20199,500
991.2 GT3 - Manual2017–2019
991.2 GT3 RS2018–20194,880
14 more rows

Is the GT3 RS a supercar? ›

For 20 years now, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS has been the track-focused super sports car to beat. Since 2003 it's been less crazy expensive (at list price) than the Ferrari equivalent, lighter than the BMW M track cars, faster than anything Aston has conjured up… it's little wonder they've become so revered.

How rare is a GT3 RS? ›

Some sources put total production for the 997.2 GT3 RS coupes with the 3.8-liter engine at approximately 1,619 units, a mere 100 of which are said to have been produced for the 2011 model year, making it among the rarest of 911 models produced in any given model year.

What is the top speed of the GT3 RS 2023? ›

2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Flat out, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS managed to reach 190 mph (305 km/h), which is actually a tad higher than the official top speed of 184 mph (296 km/h). However, modern speedometers tend to show a slightly higher speed than the real one.

How many GT3 RS 4.0 are there? ›

Limited to 600 vehicles, the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 brings together in a road car all the attributes that have made the Porsche 911 GT3 a serial winner on the race track.

Is the GT3 RS AWD or RWD? ›

The rear-wheel drive GT3 RS has a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which features shorter gear ratios than the current model of GT3. You can get from zero to 60 in just 3.0 seconds and reach a top speed of 184 mph.

Is the GT3 RS Limited? ›

Porsche has been talking about it since last fall, but now it has officially released this limited-edition car with the impressive name of 911 GT3 RS Tribute to Carrera RS.

Will there be a 2024 GT3? ›

A new range-topping S/T model joins the GT3 lineup for 2024.

Is 911 Turbo S faster than GT3 RS? ›

The base-level Porsche 911 Turbo already offers 54 more horsepower than the GT3 RS, and 70 more horsepower than the base GT3. With up to 640 horsepower, the Turbo S is a lot more powerful, and significantly faster, than anything in the GT3 lineup.

Is the GT3 RS a v6? ›

The 911 GT3 RS is powered by a four-litre six-cylinder engine with 500 hp (368 kW) of power and 460 Newton metres of torque, combined with a specially developed PDK transmission.

Does the GT3 RS have a boxer? ›

At 131 PS/litre, the performance of the 4.0-litre naturally aspirated boxer engine of the new 911 GT3 RS is record-breaking.

Is the Porsche GT3 RS fast? ›

Porsche 911 GT3 RS (type 991.2)

Its 4.0-litre, naturally aspirated, flat-six engine revved to 9,000rpm and delivered a thumping 520PS. Combined with outstanding aerodynamics, that translated to a 0-100km/h time of just 3.2 seconds.

Is the 2023 GT3 RS street legal? ›

That brings us to this 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS. It's easily the most capable street-legal 911 yet, so tackling the 9-turns of Roebling is a challenge we couldn't wait to take on. While it looks like a straight up race car; at its heart, it still feels like a 911.

How much horsepower does the GT2 RS vs GT3 RS have? ›

On paper at least, the two RS models represent different tiers of performance as the 991-generation GT2 RS has 700 horsepower whereas the new GT3 RS makes do with "only" 518 hp. Despite the 182-hp gap, the 992-generation GT3 RS proved to be substantially faster thanks to its comprehensive aero package.

What is the 0 100 of a 2023 Porsche GT3 RS? ›

386 kW (525 PS) catapult you from 0-100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, with no time to breathe until reaching a top speed of 296 km/h.

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