God knows what went through the Porsche team when they started setting codes to differentiate the different 911 generations and models. For your info, 911 is both the name of the model, and a code in the 911 nomenclature. Just a quick crash course in this:
Earlier the 911 that are air-cooled:
- Porsche 911 (First Gen)
- Porsche 930 (Second Gen, but essentially a turbocharged First Gen)
- Porsche 964 (Third Gen)
- Porsche 993 (Forth Gen)
Then, the 911 went into the art of water-cooling engines:
- Porsche 996 (Fifth Gen)
- Porsche 997 (Sixth Gen)
- Porsche 991 (Seventh Gen)
- Porsche 992 (Eighth Gen)
This one below is the 7th Gen Porsche 911 GT3 RS. A version made even better than the previous one that made Jeremy Clarkson have a change of heart towards Porsche. This GT3, like many of the previous generations’ GT3, is “a way for Porsche to homologate aerodynamic features for racing”. So, thank God for motorsports and their homologation rules, which allowed us mere mortals the chance to own a track beast, literally. As this is a RS, it came with bare-bone luxuries while still maintaining street legality. Only a special breed of people would pay such high price for so little comfort, and that’s what this car is meant for — discerning, “top-drawer” human beings with a need for speed.
Housing a 4.0L Flat-6 engine pushing out almost 500 horsepower, coupled with a road legal roll cage (a standard in RS variants), one cannot make the novice mistake of showing one’s car off to this one (here’s talking to you, Lamborghini owners), unless one’s car is a GT2. A slew of upgrades accompany this car, which serves to increase it’s handling and drivability to a level that essentially can be quantified as “all you need is this off-the-shelf to start your own racing team”. A notable one is the magnesium roof, which cuts the weight by 1.1kg. Wild aero that requires tyres that’ll give you a headache when you need to change them; the entire car looks bulked up, but at the same time, classy enough to demure – you’re already halfway to an RWB conversion by Nakamura-san. Of course, all worthy race cars require carbon fibre parts, so this one’s decked out with carbon bucket seats, inserts and whatnot. To top it all off, it comes with a six-point harness for the driver, and a mounted fire extinguisher – you won’t see this one in many street legal track beasts!
Next time you see one of these, wave at it and mouth the words “GT3 RS 991”, particularly the “991” part, because you’ll surely put a smile on the owner.