Updated: Jun 15, 2021
The newest addition to The Starting Line's inventory is this beautiful black-on-carbon Porsche 911 GT3 RS with the weight-reducing Weissach package. Less than 1,000 of this package were manufactured for the American market at the tail end of 991-era production, and this one is still factory fresh, with about 1,000 miles on the clock.
So, what is the Weissach package? To start off, this car gets everything you find in the "standard" GT3 RS, not least of which is the 4-liter flat six engine mounted at the back. The boxer puts out 513 horsepower without the aid of any turbochargers. That makes for a staggering 128 horsepower per liter of displacement, beating out naturally aspirated heavy hitters like the Ferrari 458 and Honda S2000. Power delivery is linear and consistent all the way up to a sky-scraping 9,000 RPM limit, and sent to the road using a seven-speed PDK dual clutch gearbox. Shifts come smooth and relaxed at low RPM, or fast and dramatic near redline, making for a car that can be enjoyed just about anywhere.
The Weissach package, exclusive to the 2019 model year, is named after Porsche's factory test track near Stuttgart, Germany. Porsche's most legendary race cars, along with every generation of 911, cut their teeth on this sweeping mountain road course.
True to its name, this GT3 RS features a bevy of track-focused features. The vestigial rear seat has been deleted, and downforce-producing trim has been added at the front and rear. Carbon fiber is present throughout the vehicle, with visible weave constructing the hood, roof, and spoiler. Carbon trim also adds beautiful touches on the inside, as can be seen on the steering wheel and dashboard. The material also makes up the deep bucket seats, which hug the body tightly around corners, but are comfy enough for a sustained journey without beating up the driver too bad.
All those carbon panels bring bodyweight down by 13 pounds. That weight is shed from the top of the vehicle, dropping center of gravity, and allowing for harder cornering. More significant are the 25 pounds dropped by optioning the magnesium wheels, which are about 20% lighter than standard alloys, making them that much easier for the engine to push around. These are wrapped in 265 millimeter-wide Michelin tires up front, and massive 325 millimeter ones at the back.
Kerb weight totals out at about 3,150 pounds, 46 lighter than the same generation Carrera. Zero to sixty arrives in a scant three seconds.
A 2:41.6 lap time around The Starting Line's home track of VIR also makes it the sixth fastest production model that Car and Driver has currently tested. Narrowly beating out the time set by a brand new 911 Turbo, while closely following the McLaren 720S and Corvette ZR1.
If you would like to check out this lovely Porsche 911 for yourself, visit us at 1081 Ace Drive, Alton, Virginia. We're typically open Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM. You can also call us at (434) 830-1183.