Rent Porsche 911 Turbo S in Dubai
I’ve got the right pedal pinned to the firewall, the tachometer is nudging 8800rpm and I can’t hear myself think… welcome to the sound and fury of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS experience.
This is the most track-focused 911 that Porsche currently builds and it certainly looks like it has absolutely no place on public roads, even though it is very much road-legal. What’s most impressive is that nothing you see on this car is just there for show.
Porsche’s approach to constructing these highly specialised editions of its legendary 911 sports car has always been to reduce weight, add power and sharpen cornering capability in the time-honoured quest for faster lap times. The race-inspired treatment of the GT3 RS runs a lot more than just skin deep. There’s a significant level of hard-core racing technology underneath this car to help keep it nailed to the tarmac, even when driven at ferocious pace.
For starters, it uses the same springs and anti-roll bars from the GT3, though the electronic dampers have been specifically tuned for higher loads for the GT3 RS.
The front suspension is fully-adjustable across camber, castor and ride height, as it would be in a full-blown Porsche Carrera Cup car. Both front and rear anti-roll bars are adjustable too. There’s also an electronically controlled limited-slip differential.
Apart from the wider front and rear tracks (by 5cm and 3cm respectively) the RS also gets rear-wheel steering from the GT3 for even sharper and more predictive handling.
Almost the entire cockpit is upholstered in high-end Alcantara and supple leather, as well as plenty of beautifully finished carbon-fibre inlays across the dash and centre console. The carbon-fibre backed seats are truly race car-like, with a look and feel that suggests custom moulding. Despite the heavy bolster, they’re trimmed in a blend of body-hugging Alcantara and premium soft-touch leather and offer a good deal of comfort, even after a few hours behind the wheel.Otherwise, the RS cockpit is pretty much standard 911-generation fare with Porsche’s familiar five-dial, part-TFT instrument cluster and neat console bridge. However, there is one exception, the Pit lane speed function button, which you won’t find on any other 911.