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 we were mistaken. Porsche decided to pull out one last model for its 2012 Porsche 911 lineup- the Special Edition Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 Coupe, which has a starting price of $185,000. There is also a standard Porsche 911 GT3 that comes in about $70-thousand less and the Porsche 911 GT3 RS (minus the 4.0 designation) that comes in at about $50-thousand less. The Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 Coupe was only produced in two colors: black and white, and only in 600 units-all of which have already been sold, so you might have a hard time getting your hands on this sporty vehicle.
This special Porsche 911 is a stripped-down, track-ready version of the standard 911 that features its largest engine ever in a series production model: 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. The GT3 RS 4.0 coupe achieves zero-to-sixty in about 3.6 seconds, though Porsche quotes it at 3.8- the same as the basic GT3 RS. It also has the same top track speed listed at 193 mph, which is still impressive for 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. Other distinct 911 model difference include new carbon-fiber parts on the coupe's fender, seats, and hood, 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. Several technology and comfort features on other Porsche 911 models are decidedly absent.