2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Tested: Grip and Rip (2024)

From the October 2023 issue of Car and Driver.

Sitting still, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS looks absolutely feral. Unless your name is Shaq, that cliché line about the rear wing being a picnic table doesn't track, because it's too high off the ground. Lest you dismiss this quarter-million-dollar car as just another 911 in a long line of variants, know that there isn't a single body panel shared with a standard Carrera. The carbon-fiber door skins necessitate actual door handles, not the pop-up flaps on a regular 911. This is every bit as wild a road car as the 1990s mid-engine Porsche GT1. And that car was built to win Le Mans.

Although southeast Michigan has a Milan and there's a London nearby, its roads are hardly those of Sarthe. We were expecting the bewinged RS to have a brutal on-road ride, but we're able to report that the GT3 RS feels no firmer than a regular GT3 despite having roughly 50 percent stiffer spring rates. Some of that compliance may come from the softer carbon-fiber anti-roll bars—extra roll resistance isn't needed when the suspension is so stiffly sprung.

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On the track, you'd never guess there's softer anything. Once you dial in all the chassis settings [see “Play Station”] or even if you just leave them alone, the car’s limits are quite approachable. The wail of the 518-hp, 9000-rpm flat-six (our testing team insists it revs to only 8900) pierces straight through the carbon-fiber layers of an Arai helmet, but the engine is a puppy dog that just wants to run. The torque peak is at 6300 rpm, and it's a relatively puny 342 pound-feet. Put all your trust in the seven-speed dual-clutch, and put your foot in it. Even if you’re off the pace, it feels fast. Overdrive it, and understeer reminds you you're not that good—don't blame the diff-lock position.

Sure, there are lots of settings, and it's easy to get lost moonlighting as a calibration engineer sifting through all of the possible suspension, differential, aero, and stability- and traction-control combinations. But it's good to know that the end user really can't set the car up wrong, according to Porsche GT boss Andreas Preuninger. A little more rebound damping on the rear axle may help the RS feel more planted bounding over curbing. Or, depending on the aggressiveness and angle of the concrete serrations, maybe less compression is what you want. It depends on the track and the driver. The point is, all of these settings allow the driver to tailor the feel of the GT3 RS in a way no other car has ever offered.

The GT3 RS is 30 pounds lighter than a similar-spec GT3. But at 124 mph, the RS gains roughly 900 pounds (that's the downforce number most will exploit). At top speed, which is 177 mph in the high-downforce setting (the low-downforce DRS mode will allow it to do 183), the load on the GT3 RS's tires is nearly 1900 pounds more than when it's sitting still. That's a lot of aero stick. Funny enough, at triple-digit speeds, toggling the DRS on and off comes with a change in engine note as the engine load jumps.

The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Rs, 275s in front (stuffed under wider fenders) and 335s out back, cling to the skidpad at 1.16 g's and help haul the car down from 70 mph in 133 feet. The RS is fast between corners too—about as quick as a regular GT3 in a straight line, posting an identical 10.9-second quarter-mile time.

This GT3 RS, likely the last GT3 RS ­without some form of electrification, is amazingly capable like a McLaren Senna yet civilized like a Chevy Corvette. It's shocking, but then you remember that Porsche has been refining this formula for 60 years. We can't wait to quantify its track performance at Lightning Lap later this year.

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2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
Vehicle Type: rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe

Base/As Tested: $226,950/$284,320
Options: Weissach package (carbon-fiberexterior mirror upper housing, 20-in front and 21-in rear GT3 RS forged lightweight magnesium wheels), $33,520;Porsche ceramic-composite brakes with calipers in yellow, $9210;leather andRace-Tex interior in black with GT silver stitching, $4730; front-axle lift system, $3670;Bose surround-sound system, $1600;Exclusive Design taillights, $990;LED headlights in black including Porsche Dynamic Light System, $850;auto-dimming mirrors with rain sensor, $700; park assist, $610;wheels painted in Satin Dark Silver, $600; illuminated doorsill guards in matte carbon fiber, $530; seatbelts in Racing Yellow, $360

DOHC 24-valve flat-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 244 in3, 3996 cm3
Power: 518 hp @ 8500 rpm
Torque: 342 lb-ft @ 6300 rpm

7-speed dual-clutch automatic

Suspension, F/R: control arms/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 16.1-in vented, cross-drilled carbon-ceramic disc/15.0-in vented, cross-drilledcarbon-ceramic disc
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R Connect
F: 275/35ZR-20 (102Y)
R: 335/30ZR-21 (109Y)

Wheelbase: 96.7 in
Length: 180.0 in
Width: 74.8 in
Height: 52.1 in
Passenger Volume: 49 ft3
Cargo Volume: 5 ft3
Curb Weight: 3216 lb

60 mph: 2.7 sec
100 mph: 6.6 sec
1/4-Mile: 10.9 sec @ 127 mph
130 mph: 11.4 sec
150 mph: 16.9 sec
170 mph: 28.0 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 3.8 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.2 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 2.1 sec
Top Speed (mfr's claim): 184 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 133 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 251 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 1.16 g

Observed: 15 mpg

Combined/City/Highway: 16/14/18 mpg


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K.C. Colwell

Executive Editor

K.C. Colwell is Car and Driver's executive editor, who covers new cars and technology with a keen eye for automotive nonsense and with what he considers to be great car sense, which is a humblebrag. On his first day at C/D in 2004, he was given the keys to a Porsche 911 by someone who didn't even know if he had a driver's license. He also is one of the drivers who set fast laps at C/D's annual Lightning Lap track test.

2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Tested: Grip and Rip (2024)


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.

What is the 1 4 mile time for the 2023 GT3 RS? ›

Shifts are quick and brutal, wasting no time or effort helping us complete the ¼-mile in 11.0-seconds flat at 128 miles-per-hour.

How much horsepower does the Porsche GT3 RS have in 2023? ›

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 much will 2023 GT3 RS cost? ›

There's even a drag-reduction system (DRS), which is a first for a road-legal Porsche. You can expect the 2023 911 GT3 RS to arrive at U.S. dealerships by next spring. So get ready for the thrill of a lifetime in the Porsche of a lifetime. Starting at $223,800.

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.

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.

Can you daily drive a Porsche GT3 RS? ›

Yes, you can. I would recommend finding roads that are pretty smooth. Porsche is actually pretty good at building extreme performance cars that can still be streetable, but it's not to everyone's taste to actually use them in this way.

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 a 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 fast can a GT3 RS go? ›

As soon as the lights give the starting signal, the new 911 GT3 RS delivers unbelievable performance of up to 342 lb-ft on the racetrack. With up to 518 hp, taking you from 0-60 mph in 3.0 seconds, it can reach a top track speed of 184 mph.

What is the difference between GT3 and GT3 RS? ›

While the 911 GT3 offers a more balanced option for everyday use and the thrill of the track, the GT3 RS leans decisively towards pursuing record lap times on the circuit, with significant enhancements in power, aerodynamics, and weight.

Is GT3 RS limited production? ›

Announced shortly after the reveal of the 992-generation 911 GT3 RS, the “Tribute To Carrera RS” package was introduced as a limited-production version that celebrates Porsche's motorsport heritage.

Why is the GT3 RS so expensive? ›

Porsche's seeming obsession with CFRP is a huge contributor to the GT3 RS' price, since carbon fiber costs anywhere between $200 to $300 per kilogram, significantly more than standard car construction materials.

What is the most expensive 911 GT3 RS? ›

Most Expensive 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Costs Nearly $300,000

The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS has been revealed for the 2023 model year. As always, the hardcore 911 promises better performance than before based on the 992-generation of the venerable German nameplate.

Will there be a 2024 GT3? ›

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

How many 2024 GT3 RS were made? ›

The 2024 911 S/T is a limited edition, using the 518-hp engine from the GT3 RS, the body of a GT3 Touring, and a manual transmission. As a celebration of the 60-year anniversary of the 911, production of the limited edition will be capped at 1963 cars.

Is the 911 GT3 RS Limited production? ›

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.

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