The Porsche GT3 RS is street-legal, but made for the track.

It has Air Conditioning and a Radio, But the 911 GT3 RS is Truly a Race Car

-- by Andy Reid

We’re truly in the final golden age of supercars. Never in the history of the automobile industry have there been more astoundingly fast cars available from so many manufacturers.

Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Pagani, Bugatti, Ford, and Porsche all make cars capable of astounding performance. Unlike years past, they’re also reasonably reliable, and even when taken to 8/10s of their potential, easy to drive.One downside to all of these cars is that they’re expensive. Another downside, at least to truly skilled enthusiast drivers, is that they’re are so easy to drive. They’re are all almost video-game easy, and demand little of the driver.

This was not always the case. The era before today’s golden age gave us a true weapons-grade supercar that demanded the person behind the wheel be a truly skilled driver.

That car is my first pick from the used inventory of AutoNation — a 2008 Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

The profile of the Porsche GT3 RS is as beautiful as it is iconic.

The 2008 GT3 RS was the newer 997 body 911, and fixed many stylistic issues many fans had with the previous 996 model. For example, the headlights were changed to look like a 911 and not a Boxster. This was also the first time those of us in the United States had the opportunity to buy a GT3 in RS spec.These cars were absolutely street-legal Porsche race cars.

The GT3 RS comes standard with a roll bar, and is 44 pounds lighter than the standard GT3, thanks to the use of a carbon rear wing and a polycarbonate windscreen. The GT3 RS also features a wider track, due to the fact it shares the Carrera 4S body shell.

The 2008 GT3 GS is a true homologation car, meaning the car was only developed so that Porsche could race it in the production car class, and not the more extreme prototype class.

Rest assured, the big wing on the Porsche GT3 RS is 100% functional.

While the chassis is great. It’s really the engine in the GT3 RS that’s the stuff of legend. The 997 GT3 RS is powered by the mythic Mezger engine, the same basic design that Hans Mezger created to power the fabled Porsche 962 and the Porsche GT1 Le Mans prototypes of the 1990s.

This astounding engine extracts 415 horsepower at 7,600 RPM, which gives the GT3 RS a zero-to-60 time of four seconds, and a top speed of 193 MPH.

Behind the wheel, this car is otherworldly, with laser-precise steering and amazing handling. This is a car that can and will bite you though, and at the limit, it demands much of its driver. Though the car has Porsche’s Active Suspension Management system, the traction control is very basic, meaning that it you get into a turn going a bit too fast, it’s not likely to end well for you or the car.

The cabin of GT3 RS is all business. Note the center stripe on the wheel.

While some might not like this, others — including me — love it. This is a true race car in street clothes, and while it has air conditioning and a radio, it’s really made for track use.

That being said, if I owned this car, I’d use it as a daily driver, although I’d need earplugs on longer drives. The car is quite loud at its intoxicating 8,400 redline.

Cars like the 2008 GT3 RS are a thing of the past, likely never to be seen again. This to me makes this car a strong buy at the $115,000 asking price, especially since it’s likely to increase in value over the next few years.

So if you want to live out your dreams of being Hurley Haywood at Daytona and Le Mans, this car is just the ticket! Head to the listing for more details and pictures!

There’s no back seat in the Porsche GT3 RS. But there is a roll bar.

For all the details on this future classic, check out the full AutoNation Drive listing. Of course, if you're looking for a car that has a back seat instead of a roll bar, we've also got a huge inventory of used Porsches and other vehicles to choose from. Start the search for your next ride today!

2008 Porsche 911 GT3 RS    Price: $115,000.00
Bodystyle: Coupe Int. Color: Black
Engine: H-6 cyl Odometer: 20841
Transmission: M/T Stock #: 8S792089
Ext. Color: Arctic Silver Metallic Vin: WP0AC29998S792089
Categories: Andy Reid