With over twenty standard models/variations in the Porsche 911 model lineup this year, we didn't expect too many Special Edition add-ons, but boy, were we wrong! Porsche decided to pull out one last stop for its 2012 Porsche 911 lineup- the Special Edition Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 Coupe. This coupe completes the Porsche 997 line (as it is called internally), as the Porsche 991 will come for the 2013 model year. This special Porsche 911 is a stripped-down, track-ready version of the 911 that features its largest engine ever placed in a series-production vehicle: a 4.0-liter naturally aspirated, flat-six engine that produces 500 horsepower at 8250 rmp. That means the horsepower has been raised by 50 from the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, which contains a 3.8-liter flat-six engine.
In short, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 Coupe is quite the powerful vehicle, and it's fast too. The coupe reaches zero-to-sixty in about 3.6 seconds, though Porsche quotes it at 3.8- the same as the basic GT3 RS. It also gets the same top track speed quote at 193 mph, which is certainly nothing to be ashamed of, especially in an all-wheel-drive model. The only transmission available for this speedy coupe is a six-speed manual. Unlike many of the other powerful Porsche 911 models, an optional or standard PDK dual-clutch transmission is absent. As for other distinct differences from other 911 models, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 Coupe has received new carbon-fiber fender, seats, and hood parts, as well as lighter carpeting. Some auto markets will also see a plastic rear window in this coupe- which reduces its weight by quite a large margin (around 160 pounds). The RS 4.0 also features unique air deflectors and a striking rear wing on its front fascia.
Overall, after review, we have to admit that the Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 Coupe is quite impressive, but it's also pricey- especially compared to its RS relative. The 4.0 comes in at a starting price of $185,000- about $50-thousand more than the GT3 RS and about $70-thousand more than the standard Porsche 911 GT3. Besides missing the PDK option, the sporty coupe is also missing technology and comfort features you're likely to miss, such as navigation, cupholders, and dashboard features. This coupe is also only produced in 600 copies globally, so you could have a hard time getting your hands on one.