With magnesium wheels dropping roughly 25 pounds of unsprung mass from Manthey’s GT3 RS MR, the most obvious improvements with this mildly-tuned RS are in ride quality and compliance over the innumerable bumps and cambers at the Nordschleife. Additionally, the car wears a set of KW coilovers quite similar to those used in the GT3 R, better brake pads, an underbody cover for improved aerodynamics, an extended cage, and a serious 3.5° of camber at both axles.
This package—which costs a staggering $41,280 dollars—allows the driver to crash over curbs without retribution. The car looks remarkably composed and almost clinical over the course’s undulations, and according to test driver and sport auto editor, Christian Gebhardt, “The Manthey GT3 RS MR is much more precise and remains perfectly balanced during the entire deflection process.” It’s also “less sensitive to load changes” and suffers from less steady-state understeer. This purple monster is quite the scalpel.
Much to my surprise, the car doesn’t enjoy any modifications to the powertrain—only refined footwork, improved rigidity, and a mild aerodynamic tweak, and a very talented driver amounted to that sensational time of 7:09.59.