Porsche has confirmed that alongside the Porsche Cayman GT4 debuting at the Geneva Motor Show 2015, a second, track-focused Porsche will also celebrate its debut at Geneva. While the identity of that car hasn’t been specified, we can safely say that it will be the 991-generation Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
In Porsche’s official press release regarding the car, it says “this vehicle confirms the sports car manufacturer’s commitment to high performance sports cars that manage to make a very special link between everyday driving and motorsports.” Those statements clearly fall right in line with a new 911 GT3 RS which promises to be not only faster than the 997.2 car but also being more suited to everyday driving on the road.
We already know that as rumours suggested, the 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS will make use of a brand new 4.0-litre flat six-cylinder engine delivering a total of 500 hp and 340 lb-ft. While the power and torque figures are up over the 911 GT3’s existing 3.8-litre unit, the rev limit has been reduced slightly from 9000 rpm to 8800 rpm.
As predicted, power will be funnelled to the rear wheels exclusively through a seven-speed PDK transmission. The 911 GT3 RS will also utilise large 20-inch wheels at the front and 21-inch shoes at the rear with large 325 section tyres. Elsewhere, the track of the GT3 RS is 36 mm wider than the GT3 with the front of the body 50 mm wider and the rear a total of 30 mm wider.
Double world premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show 2015
Porsche shows two new high-performance cars for the first time
Stuttgart. Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG is celebrating the world premiere of two extreme sports cars at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show. The new Cayman GT4 is the first high-performance sports car belonging to the GT family that is based on the mid-engine coupes. Clocking a lap time of seven minutes and 40 seconds on the North Loop of the Nürburgring, the new entry-level model makes a great debut.
The second new model is another exceptional Porsche that sets new standards on the racetrack. The world premiere will take place during the Porsche press conference at the Palexpo Arena in Geneva at 11:30 (CET) on March 3, 2015. A live webcast will be available in German and English on: http://porsche.gomexlive.com/. This vehicle confirms the sports car manufacturer’s commitment to high performance sports cars that manage to make a very special link between everyday driving and motorsports.
These two premieres continue Porsche’s tradition of presenting motorsport highlights at the spring car show on the shores of Lake Geneva. The 911 GT3, 918 Spyder and 919 Hybrid all celebrated their debuts in Geneva in recent years. With the new Cayman GT4, Porsche impressively maximised the driving dynamics of the mid-engine sports car and positions it as the new benchmark in its segment. This high-performance sports car clearly stands out from the other Cayman models: the 3.8-litre engine, which is derived from the 911 Carrera S, produces 385 hp (283 kW). The completely new front end with lowered front spoiler and additional air outlet in front of the bonnet as well as the rear wing make it the only Cayman with downforce at both axles. The chassis, which features a 30 mm lower body position and an extra-large brake system, is set up for motorsports with components from the 911 GT3.
Porsche’s sales figures also continue to develop sportily. With about 16,000 vehicle deliveries to customers in January 2015, the sports car manufacturer continues its success of the past year. This corresponds to an increase of 31 per cent in comparison to the same month of the previous year. The 911 is in especially high demand internationally. More than 2,400 happy customers took deliveries of the sports car icon in January. In 2014, Porsche delivered nearly 189,850 new vehicles to customers all over the world – an increase of 17 per cent over the previous year.
Porsche’s sales figures were also very good in Switzerland, with about 39,000 Porsches owned by a population of approximately eight million. The steady growth is especially pleasing for Porsche. In 2014, Porsche delivered 2,871 new vehicles to Swiss customers, an increase of about 29 per cent over the previous year.