We’re not ones to post up model news of every single new vehicle that comes out, but every now and again there is the rare gem that is simply too awesome not to put on the site. The 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 is one such vehicle. Limited to a production run of just 600 units, the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 is basically a 911 GT3 RSR for the street.
Powered by a 4.0-liter flat-six engine, which incidentally is the highest displacement engine to ever go into a 911, the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 produces 500hp @ 8,250 rpm and 339 ft/lbs of torque at 5,750 rpm. The forged pistons, connecting rods and crankshaft are unchanged from the 911 GT3 RSR. To further increase performance over the previous GT3 RS, Porsche has fitted updated carbon fiber seats, carbon fiber fenders, boot lid, and lightweight carpets. Porsche says the final weigh-in with a full tank of gas is 2,998 lbs, resulting in a power-to-weight ratio of 5.99 lbs/hp.
So, what does all this translate to on the track? Porsche says that 0-60 takes 3.8 seconds but that the gearing is really meant for circuit racing instead of straight line speed. 124mph is reached in under 12 seconds, and reaches a top speed of 193mph. Though we all know that Nürburgring-Nordschleife times don’t really mean anything, Porsche says that the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 lapped the famous circuit in 7 minutes, 27 seconds. That’s one of the fastest production car times around the Nordschleife to date.
The 911 GT3 RS 4.0 will go on sale in the U.S. in late 2011 with prices starting at $185,000.[nggallery id=173]