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First Look: 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

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A Wing Thing

The aforementioned rear wing is actually higher than the roof, which is a first for a Porsche production car. One fixed lower blade and another hydraulically adjustable upper blade generate 1,895 lbs of downforce at 177 mph and 902 lbs at 124mph. That’s staggering, especially given the level of grip that even less track-focused 911 models provide.

So drivers will be slicing through air as they carve corners. But in another first from a production car from the brand, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS’s wing setup features a drag reduction system, known to Formula 1 fans as DRS. In high-speed straightaways, the hydraulic blade flattens with a push of a button, reducing drag and enabling higher speeds. Conversely, the front and rear aero features automatically maximize aerodynamic drag under intense braking and slow the car faster.

To make room for those more active aero features on the front of the car, Stuttgart has eliminated two of three radiators and moved a larger one to what in other models is a front cargo area (also known as a frunk).

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Track Ready

Much like in the rest of the lineup, the GT3 RS offers drivers a few modes: Normal, Sport, and Track. When on the track, racers can dial in suspension settings. Front and rear axle settings can be tweaked separately, as can the rear differential, using a switch on the steering wheel for setup changes on the fly.

As one would expect, Porsche has used quite a bit of carbon fiber reinforced plastic in the GT3 RS’s construction. In fact the doors, front quarter panels, roof, and hood, for example, are made from the material as are the full bucket seats. If you choose The Weissach package (named for Porsche’s think tank development center), the Porsche 911 GT3 RS gets a hood, roof, parts of the rear wing and the upper portion of the side mirrors housing made from carbon fiber.

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