The Geneva Motor Show is just around the corner, and Porsche and Ferrari both have something special up their sleeves. Yes, it’s a span of track-focused supercars that guarantee to path faster and disturb some-more than anything possibly company has built in the past. Meet the new 911 GT3 RS and 488 Pista, two cars that outrider the finish of the “regular” prolongation models they’re subsequent from—in this case the 991 era Porsche 911 and the Ferrari 488, any of which is due for deputy in the nearby future.
In the red corner, from Maranello, Italy, weighing in at 2,800lbs…
We’ll start with the Ferrari. The 488 Pista is the latest in a line that started with the 360 Challenge Stradale back in the early 2000s. Pista is Italian for track, and that’s what this automobile has been optimized for.
It’s not a race car, but it does incorporate a lot of the lessons that Ferrari has schooled racing the 488 GTE and 488 GT3. In fact, Ferrari says that the Pista “marks a poignant step brazen from the prior special series… for the turn of technological carry-over from racing.”
The 488 GTB highway automobile was already flattering special, but Ferrari apparently indispensable to surpass itself with this one. So the Pista has been on a diet, losing 199lbs (90kg) for a dry weight of just 2,822lbs/1,280kg. The physique has even some-more modernized aerodynamics, including new diffusers at the front and back that boost downforce by 20 percent over the customary car.
There’s also some-more power. A lot some-more power, in fact. The 3.9L twin-turbo V8 now pumps out 710hp (529kW), an additional 49hp (36kW) over the chronicle we gathering last summer. And like that car, you don’t have to have Sebastian Vettel’s ability to drive it hard. The 488 Pisto has the latest chronicle of Ferrari’s Side-Slip Angle Control system, which coordinates the several electronic smarts that oversee the traction control, gearbox, engine, suspension, differential, and now even the brakes. Ferrari says this last one is called the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer, and it uses program to adjust stop pressure.
Ferrari hasn’t announced pricing for the 488 Pista yet, but deliberation the bottom 488 GTB starts at $245,000, I’d be astounded if the cost didn’t start with a three.
In the immature corner, from Weissach, Germany, weighing in at 3,200lbs…
Porsche has an even longer story of stripping out its highway cars to make road-legal lane machines; discuss the difference “ducktail” and “Carrera RS” to many Porschephiles if you don’t trust me. The latest RS—or Renn Sport—911 takes the existent GT3 and turns all up to 11.
Unlike the Ferrari, it still has a naturally aspirated engine—one of the last naturally aspirated engines Porsche will build. It too has been tuned, nonetheless maybe not as fiercely; it’s still a 4L flat-six, but it now creates 520hp (383kw), 20hp/15kW some-more than before. And it should sound spectacular, given the 9,000rpm redline.
As befits a highway automobile coming from the motorsports department, the 911 GT3 also advantages from the lessons Porsche has schooled racing 911s. (No, not the one where it moves the engine forward of the back axle.) The cessation uses round joints instead of required orientation with bushings and is entirely tractable for things like cove and caster that many people only ever disaster with in Forza.
Like the Ferrari, the GT3 RS has copiousness of electronic helpers to get you around the lap, including an electronically tranquil back diff, active engine mounts, and even rear-wheel steering.
It also creates some-more downforce, pleasantness of additions like a new underfloor diffuser and that big old back wing. In fact, Porsche says that the GT3 RS creates double the downforce of a unchanging GT3 at 124mph. And it too has been on a diet. The roof is magnesium and the case lid and fenders are CO fiber. The side and back windows use lightweight glass.
On the interior, some of the sound insulation has been left out, and things like the doorway panels are nude down to save weight. It doesn’t even have doorway handles on the inside, preferring instead to use a loop you lift to clear the mechanism. All told, it should tip the beam at around 3,191lbs (1,447kg)
And if that’s not adequate for you, the discretionary ($18,000) Weissach Pack trims things even more. This spendy additional includes CO fiber front and back lean bars and coupling rods, and some CO fiber pieces on the interior, dropping another 13lbs. And if you really must have the lightest automobile possible, another $13,000 will get you fake magnesium wheels that dump another 25lbs.
That’s on top of a bottom cost of $187,500—assuming you’re good adequate friends with your internal Porsche play to get a mark on the sequence list. Demand will almost positively outstrip supply, and we wouldn’t be astounded to see a 911 GT3 RS changing hands for $100,000 over list cost as they start to leave the factory.