Porsche 911 GT3 RS (997) ~ 2006-2007
The RS was based closely on the standard GT3 but used the wider rear bodyshell of the Carrera S. Weight was kept down by using a carbonfibre engine cover and spoiler, and a plastic rear window. All this saved 20kg compared to the standard GT3, despite the wider rear arches.
The drivetrain was as per GT3 but instead of a heavy dual-mass flywheel, there was a lightweight single-mass item that saved 8kg in weight and also improved throttle response.
Springs and dampers were uprated compared to those of the standard GT3, but the RS still offered a better ride than its predecessor, thanks in part to the inclusion of PASM which gave a choice of Normal and Sports damper settings.
Inside, the RS was very like the standard GT3 with the Clubsport package. There was a rear rollcage, carbonfibre bucket seats (weighing just 10kg each), black Alcantara trim and simple door panels. The steering wheel had a racy yellow stripe to mark the straight ahead position.
The RS was available in a limited range of colours; Arctic Silver Metallic and Black were standard, while Orange or Green (yes, they were called simply that) were special colours. Depending on which shade you chose, there was a contrasting colour of black or orange for the wheels, side-stripes and mirror housings. It was not a car for shy and retiring types!