The redesigned 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS managed to cover all 12.9 miles of the Nürburgring Nordschleife in a time of 6: 49.328, making it about 10 seconds faster than the 911 GT3 and seven seconds faster than the previous model.
Surprisingly, the time is not far off the 6: 43.616 production car record at the ‘Ring, set by the far more powerful Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series with twin turbochargers in 2020. Porsche maintains the aspirated power, in this case from a 4.0-liter flat-6 whose power peaks at 518 hp and drives the rear wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The GT3 RS got some help, however, and not just from its talented driver, Jörg Bergmeister, an endurance racing driver and one of the GT3 RS test drivers. For the race, which took place on 5 October, the car was fitted with its available Weissach package and the available Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires.
The Weissach package shaves 17.6 lbs thanks to forged magnesium wheels, carbon fiber exterior parts and carbon fiber reinforced plastic anti-roll bars. It also adds rear coupling rods, a rear axle cutting panel, and magnetic shift levers which Porsche says offer a more precise feel. The curb weight without the package is 3,268 lbs.
Another key to the car’s performance is its high downforce upgrades. At 177 mph, the car generates 1,895 pounds of downforce, or three times as much as a 911 GT3. According to Bergmeister, the car lost some downforce due to high winds throughout the day, meaning you could potentially get a faster time in the right conditions.
The 2023 911 GT3 RS will hit dealerships next spring. Pricing starts at $ 225,250, including destination. Opting for the Weissach package will add another $ 33,520 to the bill.