Porsche teased an RS-themed 911 special edition at last year’s Monterey Car Week before showing what the coupe could look like in October. The real Weissach deal is finally here, with a 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS and Tribute to Carrera RS kit that pays homage to the 1973 911 Carrera RS 2.7 that has conquered racetracks and bank accounts since its inception. The media will have to take time to see the coupe in Southern California, and the wider public will be following it at the 12 Hours of Sebring over the weekend of March 15-18. Forget about ordering one, unless you live in the US – that’s only for us – and you have a GT3 RS on the allotment.
The donor car was a 911 GT3 RS with Weissach components, which added lightness to carbon fiber components such as the bonnet, bonnet and anti-roll bars, as well as magnesium alloy wheels. The tribute section features a Python Green accent, calling out to the Viper Green scheme available in the original. Mirror caps, side graphics, wheel center caps and valve stem caps, ‘RS’ wing emblems, illuminated door sills and center console are all decorated with snakes. Owners will also be sure to find green in an accessory kit that includes a Porsche Design watch, custom car cover, custom license plate frame and two 1:43 scale models, one of the original RS and one of this homage.
In a few weeks, deliveries will begin to those who qualify and have offered Porsche $314,000 in privileges (not including options). It’s definitely a limited edition, but Porsche didn’t say how limited it would be. If history is any guide, back in the 1970s, Porsche feared it wouldn’t be able to sell the 500 RS 2.7s needed for homologation, so it foisted them on company executives to count as sales. The car was sold out two weeks after its debut at the Paris Motor Show. Four months later—when the RS sold for $10,300, about $500 more than the 911 S—Porsche sold two more, for a total of 1,580, so it’s possible we’ll see tribute numbers pop up.