2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS | SENATUS



2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

18 November 2009

Porsche's GT3 is the latest addition to the new 911 series and applies a wide range of know-how gained in motorsport - making it truly impressive not only on the road, but also on the racetrack.

The 911 GT3 achieves higher standards in two key areas: performance and driving dynamics. Thanks to an increase in engine capacity to 3.8 litres and the fact that both the intake and, for the first time, the exhaust camshafts are adjusted by VarioCam, the naturally-aspirated six-cylinder power unit develops 435 bhp, up 20 bhp over its predecessor.

Through its upgraded power and performance, the boxer engine also offers a significant increase in torque at medium engine speeds, which is particularly significant in everyday motoring. Performance is accordingly improved; the new GT3 accelerates to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds and reaches 160 km/h in just 8.2 seconds. Top track speed is 312 km/h.

The car's driving dynamics are also significantly improved; the new GT3 offers even better grip and stability. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) has enabled Porsche's engineers to make the springs and anti-roll bars stiffer, thus ensuring even more precise handling in sport mode, while retaining appropriate roll comfort suitable for everyday use in normal mode. For the first time, the 911 GT3 also comes with a particularly sporting setup of Porsche Stability Management (PSM), offering the option to deactivate both stability control and traction control in separate steps.

At high speeds, specific modifications of the car's aerodynamics have increased downforce both front and rear to such an extent that the overall pressure pushing down the car is more than twice that of the former model. At the same time, the new aerodynamics package, with larger vents in both the front and rear bumpers, gives the GT3 a brand-new look, accentuated by bi-xenon headlights, LED rear light clusters and modified air intakes and outlets. New, lighter wheels with central wheel locks and ultra-high performance tires feature tire pressure control and round off the functional and visual enhancement of the GT3.

With driving dynamics and performance at an even higher level, the brake system, following an old Porsche tradition, has been enhanced accordingly. The brake discs are now larger and feature an aluminum cover to reduce weight even further. Further improvement of brake ventilation ensures an even higher level of brake power over long periods. The GT3 can also be equipped with PCCB ceramic brakes, developed specifically for this model.

Starting in autumn, the new GT3 will be available with an option to further enhance its performance on the track: new and highly innovative Porsche Active Drivetrain Mount (PADM) engine bearings. These special engine mounts recognize when the car is being driven in a sporting manner, stiffening the normally elastic engine suspension. This retains comfort in everyday traffic, while on-track, the car is not affected by mass forces coming from the engine, as would otherwise be the case in fast bends and on winding tracks. A further advantage is improved traction when accelerating from a standstill.

Also available is a new lift system for the front axle able to raise the ground clearance of the car for driving on bumpy surfaces or steep gradients - for example, an underground garage. The touch of a button raises the front ride height by 30 mm.


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