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Just when you thought the Porsche 911 GT3 RS couldn't possibly become even more hardcore, Porsche unveil the 2018 model.

Last year saw the new second generation 911 GT3 unveiled (991.2) so it was always inevitable that a new GT3 RS would follow, and so here we have the new Porsche 911 (991.2) GT3 RS.

This new version of the RS is about precision. Therefore, the GT3 RS has been given subtle enhancements to maintain the RS as a sublime driver's car, and an incredible track-focused machine by adopting slight design and performance enhancements.

Improved performance

The engine is essentially the same 4.0-litre flat-six found in the GT3, however it has been fettled to produce an extra 20 horsepower. This has been accomplished via the use of a different intake system, titanium exhaust and electronics, which all complement the engine, bringing the total power output to a monumental 513bhp - dropping the 0-62mph time to 3.2 seconds (3.3 seconds previously).

It will rev slightly higher too, with the 4.0-litre flat-six now being able to rev all the way up to 9000rpm, up from 8700. The new 911 GT3 RS remains incredibly driver-focused thanks to the rear-wheel drive set-up, along with the only transmission option being the ultra-fast PDK option, ensuring lap times are brutally quick and precise.

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Exterior

The new 911 GT3 RS is all about weight saving and enhanced aerodynamics. The body is therefore a concoction of lightweight materials including a carbon fibre front lid, along with carbon fibre reinforced plastic panels and a magnesium roof. There is also lightweight glass, and aluminium and steel composites used in the construction to make the RS as light as possible.

Both the front and rear bumper have been tweaked slightly, along with new front lid vents - as seen on the Porsche GT2 RS. The front bumper also features a functioning front spoiler to aid downforce, along with a large rear wing to keep the RS as grippy as possible on track. Buyers can also specify a Weissach Package which further decreases the weight of the GT3 RS, too.

Interior

In true Porsche style, the interior also adopts a racing car-like feel, yet manages to still use superb quality materials and a fine fit and finish throughout. Adaptive Sports seats (18-way electric) come as standard, or if preferred sports bucket seats or full bucket seats can be specified at no extra cost.

Leather, Alcantara® or carbon can be specified to the interior too, along with full race harnesses and endless customisation options - such as seat belts and details mirroring the exterior paint, or contrasting if preferred.

Depending on whether you want a fully hardcore GT3 RS or not, the car comes with PCM (Porsche Communication Management) Connect Plus and Sound Package Plus as standard - or if preferred you can have these unspecified if you want the full race car stripped out look and feel - for the ultimate race-car-for-the-road experience.

Create your own GT3 RS

The Porsche website has a configurator live already for the new GT3 RS, in which you can spend hours specifying your perfect GT3 RS, along with the press shots showing a Lizard Green finish. Why not take a look at our gallery to see the new 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS in all its glory?

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