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At this point, we’ve given up predicting just how far Porsche can go with the iconic 911. For almost 60-years now, they’ve proved this rear-engine sports car is capable of things few thought possible. And now there’s a new GT3 RS that yet again takes performance to a new level. Time for us to try to figure it all out through the twists and turns of Savannah’s Roebling Road Raceway.

When it comes to driving this latest 992 generation of 911, each iteration that has arrived since 2019 has taken things to the next level, and granted driving rewards like never before. But like a video game or phone apps we waste countless hours on, just when you think you’ve reached the final level, there’s yet another quest to undertake. That brings us to this 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

It’s easily the most capable street-legal 911 yet, so tackling the 9-turns of Roebling is a challenge we couldn’t wait to take on. While it looks like a straight up race car; at its heart, it still feels like a 911. That basically means it’s way easier to drive than it should be, making you feel like a driving hero, despite your actual skills being far from it.

A big area of development for the RS was in aerodynamics; with active aero for the first time on a 911 GT3, enabling 3 times the amount of downforce of a standard GT3. Plus, a drag reduction system actively adjusting airflow up front and in back with an active multi-level wing.

Even front suspension parts have been reshaped, and front and rear wheel wells carefully chopped up to maximize airflow. That all means an immense amount of grip transferred to the 335 rear tires, which are mounted on your choice of forged aluminum, lightweight aluminum, or magnesium wheels. These sweet Indigo Blue 20-inch fronts and 21-inch rears are the aluminum lightweights.

It also means less drag down the long front straight, where we saw speeds well into the 160s at the end of it, while at the same time seeing corner speeds higher than we’ve ever experienced before here at Roebling. Getting on the throttle coming out of the turns is not a scary proposition at all, just immediate drama-free acceleration that has you wishing you would have gotten on the throttle harder and sooner.

And here in the RS, there are more possible tweaks than most of us know what to do with; typical suspension rebound and compression adjustments, but also rear differential settings, and you don’t even need to break out any tools, just turn the right dials on the steering wheel. That wheel is sensitive to even the most minor inputs, but not hyper feeling; just a willing and able point and shoot partner.

The RS still boasts the GT’s rear-mounted 4.0-liter flat-6, breathing free and unassisted by turbos, spinning up 518-horsepower and 342 lb-ft. of torque on its way to 9,000 rpm. Cooling is aided by a single large central front-mounted radiator instead of the standard GT3’s multi radiator approach. Added roof fins aren’t there for downforce, but for diverting hot air away from air intakes.

Rear-wheel-drive and PDK only, which makes launching as simple as it can be, repeatable, stress free, no-brain launches are hard with a fair amount of weight transfer, catapulting us to 60 in a scant 2.9-seconds. 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. And if that doesn’t put a smile on your face, you’re probably not doing it right.

The PDK transmission seems to know the exact right gear to be in at all times, but if you do trigger them, you’ll find the paddle shifters don’t quite feel as purposeful as the rest of the car, though the pro car’s magnesium units are available in the optional Weissach Package.

Things inside the RS look as serious as the outside; there’s a GT shifter, lots of chassis bracing, and unique well-bolstered full bucket seats. And while it mostly feels like a race car, all the modern tech you need to get you through your daily business is on hand, works well, and looks great.

Doors, hood, front fenders, and roof are all made of Carbon-Fiber Reinforced Plastic. And one final touch we’re fans of, the exterior graphics are a throwback to 1972’s 911 Carrera RS 2.7.

RS pricing starts steep at $225,250, about $50,000 over a standard GT3.

So, what is it that makes the 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS so special? Yes, it’s packed full of unique tech and race-spec. goodies that enable an amazing amount of performance to make it a weapon of mass domination for pro drivers. But, really, it’s the accessibility of all that performance that turns the RS into a hero-maker for the rest of us. That makes it really special indeed.


  • Engine: 4.0L Flat-6
  • Horsepower: 518
  • Torque: 342 lb-ft
  • 0-60 mph: 2.9 seconds
  • 1/4 Mile: 11.0 seconds at 128 mph

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Up For Grand Touring Around A Racetrack

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In recent years, Audi has done an increasingly better job at merging luxury, high tech and sportiness equally into all of their vehicles, but that doesn’t mean they all have the same priorities. So, if you’re wondering what this car is all about… well, it’s right there in the name, the Audi RS 7 Performance!

First and foremost, the 2024 Audi RS 7 Performance is absolutely fantastic looking. A gorgeous car from all angles. But this posh performer is a lot more than just a visual treat. Under its silky skin lies a menacing sounding V8 that delivers insane amounts of power and, as we discovered, a gloriously intoxicating driving experience.

RS elements added to Audi’s S7 five-door coupe include new aero treatments with a matte gray finish and silver 21-inch Audi Sport wheels. Those silver wheels are wrapped with 275 Continental summer performance tires and allow for seeing plenty of the enormous brake rotors with black-painted calipers. Up front, there’s a wide grille inhaling all kinds of air and headlights with uniqueness that’s pure Audi. This five-door coupe with frameless door windows speaks a true hardtop design.

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Now that we’ve gotten that out of our system, time to hit the corners of Savannah’s Roebling Road Raceway, and it’s been quite some time since we’ve had anything here or on any road course that exhibited this much body roll. It didn’t matter what drive mode we had dialed in, it just liked to roll. You could sense that soft suspension in our acceleration runs too. Bystanders got a clear view of a lot of its hardware, thanks to major rear-end squatting as it exploded off the line. Those explosions resulted in a quick 3.7-second trip to 60 miles-per-hour and full quarter-mile runs of 11.9 seconds at 118 miles-per-hour. Fast indeed, though we’re sure both times would improve in warmer temps than our 40-degree test day.

Drive modes have been recalibrated and shifts by the eight-speed Tiptronic in Dynamic Mode are quick. Indeed, noticeably quicker and firmer than in the RS6 wagon we tested just a few months ago without the “performance” treatment. Quattro all-wheel drive is standard.

We’ve never experienced a car that can feel this soft yet was absolutely point-and-shoot through corners.

The driving force for that acceleration is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 cranking out an additional 30 horsepower from the standard RS 7 thanks to installing bigger turbos. That makes for a 621-horsepower rating, with an even more impressive boost in torque from 590 to 627 lb-ft. And Audi was kind enough to remove a little sound deadening material so we can appreciate it even more through the optional RS sport exhaust system.

For what is really a Grand Tourer built for blasting you away on luxurious adventures, the RS 7 performance is amazingly track capable. Steering is very direct with great feel, and all four wheels are engaged in the process. They’re connected to a new mechanical self-locking center differential that is not only capable of handling the additional power but is lighter and quicker to respond. Chassis software has been recalibrated to make it all work together seamlessly. There must be some serious engineering wizardry happening in the RS-tuned air suspension as we’ve never experienced a car that can feel this soft yet was absolutely point-and-shoot through corners. Brakes were truly phenomenal too; there was some significant nosedive happening, but no wandering or fading no matter how hard we worked them.

And yes, it’s hard to call this actual work, considering this work environment is far from hostile. Absolutely nothing has been compromised when it comes to delivering the luxury car experience you expect from a six-figure Audi. Whether it’s the fabulous real metal, leather, and detailed woven carbon-fiber materials or the fine stitch-work and the always impressive comprehensive digital gauge display, the RS 7 performance feels truly special inside.

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The front seats were supremely comfortable and were only mildly bolstered yet held us in place just fine out on the track. Plenty of room for rear seat passengers too, and there’s even a great 24.6 cubic-feet of cargo space with hatchback versatility. Less practical is all touchscreen all the time for just about every co*ckpit control.

Government Fuel Economy Ratings are 14 City, 22 Highway, and 17 Combined. That’s a below average Energy Impact Score of 17.5 barrels of yearly oil use with 8.8 tons of CO2 emissions.

Pricing starts at $129,490, and Audi knows they have a good thing going with the RS 7 performance; so much so, it’s now the only RS 7.

So, could they have just made the RS 7 better instead of tacking “performance” onto the name? Sure, but there’s just something about adding performance to a car name that draws people in. And when it backs it up by delivering more actual performance, well, that’s what we call a win-win. We’d be happy to run some victory laps in the 2024 Audi RS 7 Performance anytime.


  • Engine: 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8
  • Horsepower: 621
  • 0-60 mph: 3.7 seconds
  • EPA: 14 City | 22 Highway | 17 Combined
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic
  • Torque: 627 lb-ft.
  • 1/4 Mile: 11.9 seconds at 118 mph
  • Starting Price: $129,490

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What engine is in the 2023 GT3 RS? ›

What's New for 2023? The top-dog GT3 RS variant joins the lineup this year, complete with a massive rear wing, a race-car aerodynamic package, and a 518-horsepower version of the naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six engine.

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 911 GT3 RS have? ›

Maximum performance. 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 0 100 of a 2023 Porsche GT3 RS? ›

386 kW (525 PS) catapult you from 0-100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, with no time to breathe until reaching a top speed of 296 km/h.

How much horsepower does the GT3 RS 2023 have? ›

Balance of Performance
2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Specifications
Engine4.0L direct-injected DOHC 24-valve flat-6
Power (SAE NET)518 hp @ 8,500 rpm
Torque (SAE NET)343 lb-ft @ 6,300 rpm
Transmission7-speed twin-clutch auto
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How fast can a GT3 RS go? ›

Flat out, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS managed to reach 190 mph (305 km/h), which is actually a tad higher than the official top speed of 184 mph (296 km/h). However, modern speedometers tend to show a slightly higher speed than the real one.

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
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What engine does the GT3 RS have? ›

These track-day champs are powered by a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine that howls to a 9000 rpm redline.

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.

Is 911 Turbo S faster than GT3 RS? ›

The base-level Porsche 911 Turbo already offers 54 more horsepower than the GT3 RS, and 70 more horsepower than the base GT3. With up to 640 horsepower, the Turbo S is a lot more powerful, and significantly faster, than anything in the GT3 lineup.

Is the 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.

What is the difference between GT3 and GT3 RS? ›

The Porsche 911 GT3 RS exhibits a much more aggressive and aerodynamic appearance than the standard GT3. Its presence is distinguished by an imposing, enlarged rear wing that contributes to generating increased grip in corners and sensational stability at high speeds.

How big is the gas tank on the GT3 RS? ›

Fuel & MPG

236.6/304.2 mi. 16.9 gal.

Is the GT3 a everyday car? ›

It's not intended for everyday use, it's intended for B road blasts and track days, but you could of course use one every day. I used an Elise as my only car every day for 4 happy years and loved every mile, and a GT3 is more practical than that and with lower NVH.

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.

What engine is in the GT3 RS? ›

These track-day champs are powered by a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine that howls to a 9000 rpm redline. In GT3 guise, the flat-six makes 502 horsepower, but go for the GT3 RS or S/T and it gets juiced to 518 ponies.

Does the GT3 RS have a boxer engine? ›

With individual throttle valves and rigid valve drive

At 131 PS/litre, the performance of the 4.0-litre naturally aspirated boxer engine of the new 911 GT3 RS is record-breaking.

Does the GT3 and GT3 RS have the same engine? ›

Engine and Performance

Both models share the same foundation, housing a rear-wheel-drive 4.0-liter six-cylinder boxer engine, paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch PDK automatic transmission.

Is the 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS street legal? ›

This Porsche can produce 901 pounds of downforce at 124 miles per hour. That's twice as much as its 991.2-gen predecessor. 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.

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