Quick question for you guys: what makes an epic sportscar?
Wait, hang on, perhaps a bit of context before we delve any further.
In preparation for the end of the Middle East motorsport season, we started hitting the car parks at UAE Touring Car and GT events for automotive talent (well, we need something to tide us over during the incredibly hot dry spell), and did pretty well.
But then we came across this Porsche 911 GT3 RS. And as epic sportscars go, this is a pretty good example. A few (and I’ll re-emphasise ‘few’) of you reading this may still be a little skeptical, so allow me to explain.
Let’s start with performance. The RS will go from standstill to 100kph in just 4.2s, then keep going until it hits 310kph. That might have something to do with the 444hp 3.8l flat-six beating heart under the bonnet. That should already have convinced a fair few of you.
Next we have handling. This lightweight bad boy was born to hoon around a race track, meaning track-oriented active suspension and heightened 911-quality steering which will have apexes sorrowfully weeping in defeat. That should get the motorsport-elite amongst you on-side.
Of course we can’t shuffle around the looks. crankandpiston’s thoughts on the 911 are pretty clear, and have been for a while now. Add to that a mixture of sinful black and, ahem, sharp orange, and we have a perfect mix of raw force and lunacy. And good grief, isn’t that what we all want from a sportscar? The Mercedes C63 AMG taught us that lesson not too long, and the reception we from that received means that’s another host of you on our side too.
Perhaps most importantly though, there’s desirability. Given the facts laid out, how many of you are now eying these images enviously, cursing your garage for not including an example? Exactly. And that should take care of any remaining stragglers.
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS: an epic sportscar. Few of you will argue now.
Shots by Pete West