It’s not everyday that someone takes delivery of one of the three most iconic numbers in the automotive realm, and with that in mind, following its official launch which you can read about here, Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) the official importers of the Porsche brand in Malaysia, arranged a very special ‘handover’ ceremony for new owners of the 911 GT3 RS at the Sepang International Circuit! Check out the first video here…
“The new 911 GT3 RS is synonymous with hard core performance, and is hailed as the perfect bridge between the track and the road. At the heart the new 911 GT3 RS is a 383 kW (520 hp), four-litre, high-performance naturally-aspirated engine. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, reaching a top speed of 312 km/h. Following the launch of the 911 GT2 RS, this latest release will see SDAP present its second GT road-approved sports car within the same year” – SDAP.
The following video is just a brief walkabout and wrap-up of the days events… as well as a look at some of the more classic 911’s that made the trip to Sepang recently…
What it’s like to drive the Porsche 911 GT3 … in 5-min or less
It’s a teeny bit hard to put into words the overall feeling of taking a 911 GT3 on track for the first time. Yes. it’s a bit intimidating, let’s not forget there’s over 500bhp on tap, with 0-100kmh seen to in 3.2sec… but to be honest, it’s far from the scariest drive you’ll ever have (being a passenger in the Porsche Carrera Cup Car on the other hand will give you a heart-attack for sure).
The 911 GT3 is whatever you want it to be. That’s the best way I can put it. For the five or so laps, I did a combination of driving that its owners would face. The car can be driven leisurely and it will just putter around sedately, comfortably and totally hide the fact that there’s a raving beast with serious anger-management issues sitting just a foot behind you.
To unleash the beast, just press the ‘loud buttons’ on the centre console, floor the accelerator pedal and hold-on. The 911 GT3 will then show you its true colours. The beauty of it all though, is that it doesn’t feel like a Funny Car dragster about to spiral out of control and send you butt-first into the shrubbery, in fact even in full beast-mode, the 911 GT3 feels composed, despite sounding like a MOAB ordinance device has just landed behind you.
Point it where you want it to go, and it goes there, hit the PCCB brakes where you want it to slow down and it will; you hit every apex, everytime. 20-inch lightweight wheels with 265/35 rubbers front, and 21 inch wheels with 325/30 tyres at the rear provide copious amounts of grip and ensure the intended path is always hit dead-on. Active safety systems react instantly to correct any messed-up manoeuvre.
And then once you’re done being a juvenile, turn off the aforementioned loud buttons, and all at once, almost instantly, the GT3 becomes just a sedate 2-door coupe again. It’s a miraculous transformation, one that needs to be experienced to be believed. There’s no such thing as ‘the perfect car’, it’ll never exist, but boy, the Porsche 911 GT3 comes pretty damn close folks. Now just imagine what the 911 GT3 RS would feel like… – Chris Wee.