It’s true that the GT3 RS, even the latest version of the car, is a bit much for most public roads. Being keyed in and very focused are wonderful when there’s a dry racing track underneath you, but there’s something to be said about a bit of give and cushioning when driving on a slick, uneven backroad. For those wanting something a little more agreeable—and customizable, RPM Technik have an interesting package available for the 997-generation cars.
With BTCC ace Tim Harvey doing the chassis development, there’s no doubt this car is purposeful. Sharper than a Carrera S but not quite as raw as a Mezger-powered machine, the 997 CSR has that softened edge which helps it scoot along confidently when conditions are less than ideal. Additionally, this reimagining of the 997 improves its tactile surfaces and adds some sporting class with racing accoutrements and trim options. It’s a purposeful thing, and it’s a very quick thing, but it’s not the cappuccino-fueled frother that some might imagine. In comparison to a contemporary GT3, it’s a better everyday device.
A moderate amount of power—a few shy of a 3.6-liter 997 GT3—and a stronger chassis is, for many people, more than enough. So much of this is due to the fact that RPM Technik addresses the right areas which contribute strongest to the driving experience. KW DDC suspension kit, HRE wheels, a CSR limited- slip differential, as well as the ultra-responsive CSR lightweight flywheel and clutch make everything more immediate, crisp, and engaging. Additionally, a sportier CSR suspension geometry opens a new realm of performance driving that is there for the driver comfortable pushing this car to the limit.
The constant conversation the driver enjoys with their CSR is what’s sorely lacking in so many newer, faster machines. While sharper and more engaging, it’s a friendlier car and more easily driven at the limit. But it’s not only about speed. The customization possible is a large part of the allure. Whether you’re interested in Pascha or Houndstooth seats, a Beechwood shift knob or something a little more utilitarian, this package allows the 911 enthusiast to spec out their ideal incarnation with proven parts. It might be a bit pricier than a contemporary GT3 depending on the parts used, but the CSR is a more unique machine, and it leaves more room for the Porschephile with irrepressible creativity.
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