Friday, May 22nd 2015. | Auto & Motor, Car

There’s always a car of moment, and right now the moment belongs to the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS, the fastest car in the 911 hierarchy before you get to all-out racers like the GT3 R and GT3 RSR. After seemingly years of teasing and spy shots, Porsche has finally released the 991 911 GT3 RS into the wild. Noted Porsche fanatic and red shorts wearer Chris Harris recently got to spend some time behind the wheel on both road and track.

Not surprisingly, he really likes it, and how could he not? With a high-revving 4.0-liter flat-six cranking out 500 horsepower anda wide-body shell that’s about 20 pounds lighter than the normal GT3, the RS is a rear-engined ball of aggression. It devours the smooth German roads and autobahn near Porsche’s headquarters, and at the same time is just as usable as any other 911 in the range. But, it really comes alive on Porsche’s Weissach test track, where Chris does his best to set fire to the enormous 325/31 ZR 21 rear Michelins. Pretty much his only criticism is that it’s not available with a manual transmission.

Chris has quite a history with the GT3 RS. In 2010, he and teammates Roland Asch, Patrick Simon and Horst von Saurma drove what was essentially a bog-standard 997 GT3 RS on slick tires to an amazing 13th place finish at the Nürburgring 24, beating out countless purpose-built GT3 class racers in the process. Shortly after that, he owned a 997 GT3 RS 4.0 for a few months, one of only 600 ever built.

Side note about the shirt he’s wearing in the second half of the video: Some time ago, Chris bet Porsche’s Wolfgang Hatz that the company would not be able to sell all 918 units of the 918 Spyder. Chris lost the bet and held up his end by wearing an apology T-shirt.

Chris Harris Drives The Porsche 991 GT3 RS On Road And Track: Video originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 22 May 2015 18:00 EST.

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