Great driving report here with the Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0, the naughtiest Porsche ever!
For this drive, Porsche planted us in the tranquil village of Hohenstein-Ödenwaldstetten. Here in the Swabian Alps southeast of Stuttgart, the deserted roads would be the epitome of peace and quiet if not for the distant shriek of flat-sixes being wrung out. The 3.8 is not exactly a tractor engine, but the 4.0 is a notable improvement. Its wonderfully linear power curve peaks at 8250 rpm, while torque does so at 5750. “A racing engine like this needs to explode at the top,” says Andreas Preuninger, project leader for special vehicles at Porsche. Explode it does, but, despite its 8500-rpm redline, the 4.0 accelerates smoothly and without any hiccups from just above idle. There is so much punch across the rev band that we often found ourselves a gear higher than we’d be with the 3.8. The figures speak for themselves: Porsche claims 0–60 in 3.8 seconds, 0–120 in less than 12, and a redline-limited top speed of 193 mph. Of course, the company claimed the regular GT3 would do 60 in 4.0 seconds, and we recorded 3.6 for that car. Figure on the 4.0 managing the deed in around 3.4 seconds, with the quarter-mile taking about 11.6.