2023 Porsche 911 GT3 Carrera RS Tribute Gets the Good Green Wheels, No Ducktail
Heritage ain’t cheap, and the tribute 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 starts at an eye-watering $314,000.
While the Porsche 911 has always been an icon among sports cars since its debut in 1964, its mythology draws shorter lines. There have been very few 911s that have been benchmarks from the company that set the benchmark, but they’re there: the 1980s 930 Turbo, the 1990s 964, and the 993 GT2, but another predates both and arguably has a bigger influence.
The Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 was one of the first truly special variants of the sports car and its legend remains today. On Monday, Porsche showed off the 2023 911 GT3 RS Tribute to Carrera RS Package that takes all of the good stuff from the 1970s and fast-forwards to today—thankfully it leaves disco behind.
Called the “Tribute to Carrera RS Package,” the homage starts with the already potent GT3, which is powered by a 502-horsepower 4.0-liter naturally aspirated flat-six engine planted behind the rear axle. A seven-speed automatic transmission is available but we’re guessing wistful (and very well-heeled) buyers will opt instead for the six-speed manual transmission instead. The Carrera tribute package is equipped as standard with Porsche’s Weissach Package, which adds magnesium wheels, exposed carbon fiber, carbon anti-roll bars, and coupling rods.
It's what’s visible that matters more here to likely buyers if we’re honest. The wheels, “GT3 RS,” and mirror caps are painted in Python Green, just like the original. Unlike the original, the GT3 RS opts instead for a bigger wing instead of a ducktail, which may be the most polarizing departure from the original among Porsche fans. At least the big wing has an American flag painted on it.
Also, unlike the original 1973 Carrera 2.7, the 2023 911 GT3 RS isn’t built on a shoestring budget. The Tribute to Carrera RS edition costs $314,000, which is quite a leap from the base GT3 that costs about $174,000—assuming a “base” GT3 exists anywhere. There are some freebies with your $314,000: Porsche will throw in two 1:43 scale model cars, one of them is a reproduction of the GT3 RS Tribute and the other is a scale of the 1973 car itself. A custom Porsche Design watch is included as well, which may be something to look at while the GT3 RS Carrera Tribute is parked under its Python Green car cover in the car dungeon. Neat.
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