Porsche has a bigger back catalogue of legends than most brands. Now, it’s allowing owners of the latest 911 GT3 RS to pay homage to one of its most famous cars.
The company has now confirmed an exclusive upgrade for US customers. Dubbed the Tribute to Carrera RS package, it adds a host of aesthetic and interior modifications and distinctive Python Green detailing. It also opens the door for extra exclusive accessories.
Keen-eyed enthusiasts will know the Tribute package is a callback to the 1972 911 Carrera RS 2.7, previewed by a special livery cooked up for the GT3 RS’ US debut.
Earlier this year, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS was unveiled as a sportier, more aggressive version of the 911 GT3.
The Tribute package is a US exclusive which will only be available to customers with an existing 2023 911 GT3 RS allocation through a Porsche dealership for $US312,550 before on-road costs.
Although the Tribute package is stateside only, the 2023 911 GT3 RS will arrive in Australia in the second quarter of 2023 starting at $A500,200.
The most noticeable changes with the Tribute package are the exterior aesthetics.
Python Green paint has been used for the stripes, GT3 RS side decal, wheel covers and mirror caps, while the brake callipers are glossy black and the American flag has been added to the RS logo on the wing end plates.
For the interior, green stitching, light-up door sill guards decorated with “Tribute to Carrera RS”, embossed RS logos, and keys painted in white all set this tribute package apart from the regular GT3 RS.
To justify the price tag, Porsche will also offer a range of additional accessories with the package.
These include a Porsche Design watch featuring the signature Python Green, a custom car cover, licence plate frames, and two 1:43 scale model cars of the 1973 Carrera and the new edition.
Porsche is also entering the NFT space, providing owners with digital badges for their attendance at Porsche events and racetracks, which can be accompanied by physical graphics on the vehicle.
The mechanicals of the 2023 911 GT3 RS remain, meaning it’s takes the base laid down by the 911 GT3 and cranks the details to 11.
Power still comes from a 4.0-litre naturally-aspirated flat-six engine, but it’s been boosted by 11kW to deliver 386kW thanks to new camshafts featuring modified cam profiles.
That power is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission featuring shorter gear ratios than in the GT3. The 100km/h sprint flies by in 3.2 seconds, and flat out you’ll be doing 296km/h on track.
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