Porsche has officially unveiled its all-new 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, and says it's the most track-focused performance car it has ever made.
Not only is this the most powerful GT3 RS ever made, producing a staggering 517bhp from its PDK-driven, 9,000rpm, 4.0-litre naturally aspirated flat-six engine, but it's also festooned in more carbon fibre than any other Porsche road car we can think of.
It's taken a lot of inspiration from the iconic Le Mans-winning 911 RSR and 911 GT3 R, with its 860kg of downforce at 177mph – hardly surprising when you look at the size of the rear wing hanging off the back.
Speaking of which, thanks to all its new wings, ducts and canards, this new RS model produces twice as much downforce as the previous GT3 RS and three times as much as the current 992 GT3 – utter madness.
In fact, if you look carefully at the rear wing you may notice all kinds of trickery, which actually isn’t too dissimilar to what you’d find if you dissected a Formula 1 car’s drag reduction system.
Steering wheel-mounted controls are used to set the suspension stiffness, drive modes, ESC/TC, and even torque vectoring if you fancy getting really nerdy.
This new and improved wing also acts as an airbrake should you need to rapidly slow down at high speeds – much in the same way a hawk angles its wings to slow its flight in mid-air.
But it's very unlikely you’d need to use this all that often, because thanks to the car’s huge optional carbon ceramic brakes, you'll have stopped before you've even thought about braking (OK, maybe not that quickly, but it is quick).
But despite this large monument popping out the back, the new GT3 RS will still reach an impressive 184mph top speed, and launches itself from 0-62mph in a punchy 3.2 seconds. This is helped by its overall weight of 1,450kg, which – to put into some form of perspective – is the same as two cows or half a Blue Whale’s tongue. So impressive stuff then.
In terms of spec, you get three different options. The first is the standard model, which comes with pretty much everything you could ever hope to have in a road-going race car.
However, you can step it up by opting for the Clubsport package, which adds a rollover bar, six-point harness and a fire extinguisher. The Weissach pack introduces a carbon fibre rollover bar and a clean set of magnesium wheels to shed even more weight.
Prices start at £178,500 here in the UK, so if you want one you better get saving. You'll probably need to plead with Porsche too, because it’s likely all the build slots are already spoken for.
By Ben Welham