The scene is Weissach, Porsche’s legendary and also intimidating proving ground. There’s a 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, and inside is Chris Harris—a man who hates flappy paddles and has just two hours to distill the essence of Porsche’s most evolved 911. It’s is a brutally fast machine, considering it is a hold-out against any manner of forced induction. There’s 493 hp straining behind the rear axle, and it’ll wind out to 8800 RPM.
That’s a bit less than its 3.8-liter predecessor, the GT3. Remember those? Porsche ate a lot of crow for those pyrotechnics. This is one of those don’t get mad, get even kind of cars. Germans love to build them.
And Chris Harris, prejudices duly noted and eyes wide open to the 911 GT3 RS’s tricks and limitations, bloody loves the thing.
You’ll have to read his whole review of the 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS to understand the whole rationale. Trust me, he doesn’t drink the PDK Kool-Aid at all and still ends up providing a massively glowing endorsement of Porsche’s Weissach wünderkind. Understanding how he gets to that conclusion, though, is the truly interesting part.