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Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Year (of specifications) 2004
Engine 3600 cc 6 cylinder
Transmission 6-speed, close ratio manual
Max speed 190 mph
0-60 mph 4.2 seconds
Horsepower 381 bhp @ 7400 rpm
weight 1330 kg

The Porsche 911 GT3 was first introduced in 1999, and was a high performance, race-ready version of Porsche's then-new 911, the 996. The GT3, named after the FIA GT class it was intended for, did not use the rather simple engine of the regular production versions of the 996, but a naturally-aspirated version of the turbo-charged Porsche 962 and Porsche 911 GT1 race cars.

The Porsche 911 GT3 road car was almost as hardcore as the race car. Sound deadening was almost non-existent, the rear seats, stereo system, sunroof, and air conditioning were all removed (later automatic air conditioning and a CD/radio became no-cost options).

In addition, Porsche offered a no-cost option called the Clubsport package. This option replaced the standard electrically adjustable leather front seats with manually adjustable racing buckets finished in fire-retardant fabric, bolt-in half-roll cage, 6-point drivers racing harness and a fire extinguisher (mounted in the front passenger footwell).

To bring the car's track-prowess to the maximum level, Porsche gave the 996 GT3 enlarged brakes, a lowered, re-tuned suspension system, lighter-weight wheels and a new aerodynamic front bumpers and rear spoiler to help increase downforce.

In 2004 porsche revealed the 996 GT3 RS, which featured significant changes over the GT3. Power was raised to 381 horsepower and torque to 284 lb-ft. The brakes were upgraded, with 6-piston calipers at the front (rears remained 4-piston), and the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake system was offered as an option. The GT3 RS also recieved the 2002 911 headlight facelift.

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