For those who are truly rich, the issue is no longer about buying an exotic car for yourself. Rather, it is now about buying an exotic car for someone else to drive and race it on your behalf. For those so-called "racing customers", Porsche devised the 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 R. Also a motor work of art and premium caliber, Porsche engineers added 20 more ponies by simply optimized the intake system to the 4-liter, six-cylinder rear engine. In doing so, they eked out the output to 500 horsepowers. Power without control is just not a formula for winning. Thus, an improved gearbox and transmission control for the power increase. To have the driver fully aware of his surrounding during a race, Porsche integrated paddle shifters on the steering wheel column. Simple task like changing gear is now simpler and quicker. In a race, every little advantages count. The new 2012 Edition of Porsche 911 GT3 R will be available for delivery in November 2011 with a price of â‚¬304,500 or roughly $432,000 US. For existing owners of 2010 and 2011 Porsche 911 GT3R, an upgrade kit in available for â‚¬43,100 or $61,100.
Race car for customer sport now with even better driveability
Stuttgart. Amongst racing customers all over the world, the Porsche 911 GT3 R is extremely popular for its forgiving handling and basic speed. And it is exactly in this direction that the improvements for the 2012 model year have been targeted. The engine output has increased by 20 hp to now deliver 500 hp (368 kW). Paddle-shifts on the steering wheel ensure gear changes are even quicker and simpler, making it easier for pilots to concentrate on braking. Moreover, the transmission electronics, featuring an automatic throttle blip control, make it almost impossible to miss a gear and over-rev the engine. A softer anti-roll bar on the front axle reduces understeer.
The power increase of the four-litre, six-cylinder flat engine in the rear was achieved through optimisation of the intake system. The gearing of the sequential six-speed dog-type gearbox was adapted to the higher maximum output. In order to bring the power to the tarmac safely and to assist race drivers, the 911 GT3 R has featured a sophisticated ex-works traction control since the 2010 model year. An efficient race-ABS assists braking.
The new Porsche 911 GT3 R will be delivered to teams around the world from November 2011. The vehicle costs 304,500 Euro plus the value added tax of respective countries. The Porsche 911 GT3 R from the 2010 and 2011 model years can be upgraded to the 2012-spec. An upgrade kit is available from Porsche Motorsport for 43,100 Euro.
The 911 GT3 R represents the mid-range of Porsche's customer racing vehicles. The 911 GT3 Cup, as the top-selling race car in the world, serves as the basis. Ranking above the 911 GT3 R is the 911 GT3 RSR, built for GT2 racing, which competes in series like the American Le Mans Series, the Le Mans Series and at the Le Mans 24 hour race.