Geneva LIVE: 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Geneva LIVE: 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

by Byron Hurd

Porsche's track monster gets more power, chassis tweaks.

Porsche has released the details of the 2019 911 GT3 RS, showing off its mean (and in this case, green) track-conquering machine, primed and ready for 2019. We're done rhyming, we promise.

As anyone who is familiar with the GT3 RS formula would expect, this latest installment in 911 performance is as monstrous as its paint job suggests. Under the lid sits a 520-horsepower (up 20 from the outgoing model), naturally aspirated, four-liter flat six--the most powerful non-FI engine ever under the hood of a road-legal 911.

While it "only" boasts 346lb-ft of torque, that's more than enough to get the lightweight GT3 RS off the line. It'll hit 60 MPH in three seconds flat; that's two-tenths quicker than the standard GT3 (with PDK, which is still standard on the RS) and one-tenth quicker than the car it replaces. Remember, this is just a mid-cycle overhaul, not an all-new model.

Also carrying over are the lightweight frunk lid and fenders, the fixed rear wing (most road-going 911s have deployable units which tuck into the decklid until called upon) and the magnesium roof. The RS also gets the GT2's frunk-lid NACA ducts feeding ambient air to the near-as-makes-no-difference 15-inch standard front rotors (mirrored in the rear). Opt for the carbon ceramic (PCCB) upgrade and you get 16.1" up front and 15.4" out back.

For 2019, the rear-axle steering system was recalibrated. To further improve steering precision, stability and grip, Porsche also requested upgraded rubber. Also new are two lightweighting options. The first is the Weissach package, which replaces the factory front and rear anti-roll bars, coupling rods, roof, steering wheel trim and shift paddles with carbon fiber equivalents. This bundle reduces the mass of the new RS by 13 pounds, Porsche says. To snag an additional 25 pounds in weight reduction, the second treat is a set of forged magnesium wheels.

When you check the boxes for both, the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS tips the scales at just 3,153 pounds. The former will set you back $18,000; the latter, $13,000 (and cannot be ordered separately). These are, of course, on top of the $187,500 base price and $1,050 destination fee. Oh, and don't forget the multitude of available options--par for the course for any modern Porsche.

Live photography by Ronan Glon.