The 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS is naturally-aspirated perfection

How does it handle? Is it a better dance partner than the GT2 RS?

The GT2 RS I drove earlier this year was a fabulous whip. Now as it and the new GT3 RS are effectively the same cars fitted with different motors, I wasn’t expecting much difference in terms of dynamics. Wrong.

The GT3 feels way pointier and easy to place through corners. Wherever you turn that steering wheel it goes with a weighted confidence and immediacy that seems at odds with the car’s natural rear axle weight bias. In fact of all the modern 911 models I’ve ever piloted, I’d have to say that the new GT3 RS displays the most front-end bite. So much so that you could be forgiven for thinking it’s fitted with all-wheel-drive.

What with all that engine noise and lack of insulation the RS can feel a bit intimidating when you first climb in behind the wheel. However once your senses settle down you’ll find that it’s anything but. Well, as long as you know what you’re doing that is. It’s no Audi TT but at the same time it’s not going to savage your hand if you’re au fait with high performance 911 models. Adopt the slower-in-faster-out driving maxim and you’ll be astounded at the way this things scrabbles through corners.

I blitzed Franschhoek Pass, twice, with a pace I’ve never experienced in any other automobile (probably GT2 RS included). Mechanical grip levels are massive through slower corners courtesy super-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tyres while faster sweeps (200km/h plus) are aided by a level of downforce that even a total downforce Luddite such as myself can feel.

A road-handler of the highest order the GT3 RS is also befitted with anchors of the gods. Steel brakes come standard and are probably proficient for most people. My car was fitted with optional carbon ceramic stoppers, which provide the most perfect blend of feel and fade-free retardation. It’s the sweet cherry on top of what must be the most complete and well-rounded 911 in Porsche’s arsenal.

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