The 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS dressed up as the original 911 Carrera RS for Monterey Car Week

The 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS dressed up as the original 911 Carrera RS for Monterey Car Week

The Porsche 911 GT3 RS from 2023 pays tribute to the original, to the iconic 1972 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7.

The Porsche 911 GT3 RS from 2023 pays tribute to the original, to the iconic 1972 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7.
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Porsche launches a modern interpretation of the first 911 Carrera RS at this year Monterey Auto Week and show what 50 years of development can achieve. Now, with the recent release of the 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the 1972 911 Carrera RS 2.7, Porsche honors the “duck tailwith a new show car clad in white and Python Green.

The new 911 GT3 RS that nods to the original 911 Carrera RS was custom-built by the automaker’s GT Model Line and Style Porsche, but the finished car was so stylish. Porsche decided to make something similar available to buyers with the exclusive American “Tribute to Carrera RS” package. No word on the price yet.

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President of Porsche Cars North America Kjell Gruner said: “So many of us idolized the original 1972 car. We want to create a special experience that combines exclusive options on the new GT3 RS with a unique list of associated items.”

It’s unclear exactly what those associated items are, but it’s probably mostly an appearance pack. At least it’s not like the new one 911 GT3 RS wants to perform. The 911 RS has certainly come a long way in 50 years.

In 1972, the homologated 911 Carrera RS 2.7 special was Germany’s fastest sports car, with its raw air-cooled six-cylinder engine delivering approximately 207 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque. German car magazine Car, Motorcycle and Sport claimed it was the first production car to sprint from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under six seconds.

And of course it was classy as hell. It featured side-swept and back-swept graphics in bold colors and an iconic aerodynamic addition for stability and reduced drag, the ducktail.

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The Porsche 911 GT3 RS tribute model from 2023 combines the energy of the original with a non-metallic white paint and air intakes in matching colors. It bears its model name down the sides and back in Python Green graphics, and the bold color has been sprayed onto the wheels also. I’m normally a strict five-spoke fan, but this tribute 911 shows that modern wheels can look good! All it takes is some color.

The tribute car’s taillights and third brake light omit the red accents of the production 91 GT3 RS to emphasize the green-on-white livery, and the headlamps feature a white pinstripe only available on the Tribute to Carrera RS package.

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Where the modern tribute car differs from its predecessor is the look of the wing, but the purpose is still the same. The GT3 RS wing’s active aerodynamics will reposition on command and act as an air brake to reduce drag and increase downforce for a total of over 900 pounds at 124 mph, or 1,895 pounds at 177 mph.

To propel the most extreme 911 ever, there’s a 4.0-litre naturally aspirated six-cylinder boxer engine with 518 horsepower and 342 lb-ft of torque, mated exclusively to a seven-speed PDK automatic transmission. No manual. The power bump over the 2023 911 GT3 (non-RS) is small, but the RS has always been more about aero anyway. This tribute model is just as much about style.

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