SharkWerks 2011 Porsche GT3 RS: Pushing Performance to a New Level

Jay Leno's Garage graphic of a SharkWerks 2011 Porsche GT3 RS

The SharkWerks 2011 Porsche GT3 RS is a triumph of enhancing a vehicle already legendary for its capabilities and performance. While still meeting government regulations, the magicians at SharkWerks were able to cut weight, improve performance, and create subtle exterior upgrades. Adhering to Porsche’s implied philosophy of excellence, this modified GT3 RS sets an incredible benchmark.

Featured on Jay Leno’s Garage, the SharkWerks 2011 Porsche GT3 RS proudly wears upgrades that do not compromise the integrity of the car. Much of the architecture remains the same, and the colors of this particular model (decals included) came from the factory. While the engine, SharkWerks’ primary focus, undergoes significant changes, the few exterior alterations are subtle. For example, the uprights on the spoiler are raised by two inches, helping with aerodynamics and placing it out of the driver’s rear view.

SharkWerks 2011 Porsche GT3 RS: A Lightweight Endeavor

Porsche is the most individualized sports car. While other brands may boast of enthusiasts who upgrade the lineup of vehicles, Porsche can lay claim to loyalists who focus on tailoring individual models to reach optimal performance and handling.

SharkWerks takes the GT3 RS and saves weight by creating a lighter suspension and engine, as well as wheels and other parts. Holistically, most weight is taken off of the car’s rear.

  1. Porsche’s OEM crankshaft is replaced by a unique and lightweight high alloy steel Billet 80.44mm crankshaft, which is 2.5 pounds lighter.
  2. Custom exhaust systems replaces the original titanium system with stainless steel. Because of SharkWerk’s streamlined design, this takes approximately 7 pounds off the car.
    1. The switch to stainless steel also make the exhaust system more durable, since many Porsche drivers lamented over breaks and cracks in the original titanium setup.

Everything in this specialized 2011 GT3 RS is manual, including the transmission (replacing the well-designed PDK).

Upgraded Specs: How Does the SharkWerks 2011 Porsche GT3 RS Perform?

Feature Original 2011 GT3 RS SharkWerks 2011 GT3 RS
Displacement 3.8-liter 4.1-liter
Horsepower 450 hp 543 hp
Torque 320 lb.-ft. 400 lb.-ft.


One of the biggest changes in how the SharkWerks 2011 Porsche GT3 RS performs is evident when the revolutions are between 4500 and 6,000, which is typically considered “deadspace,” which is clearly not the case in the SharkWerks version—and you can see for yourself on Jay Leno’s Garage.

Discover a 2016 Porsche GT3 RS at The Porsche Auto Gallery

Sometimes, it’s the preference of a buyer to remain a purist. People like to relish the advantages of a Porsche model that demonstrates the standard of excellence employed in designing, engineering, and manufacturing every vehicle.

At The Porsche Auto Gallery, you can come test drive a 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, boasting the following specifications:

  • 4.0-liter
  • 500 hp @ 8,250 rpm
  • 338 lb.-ft. @ 6,250 rpm
  • 7-speed PDK with auto-shift

It’s time to unearth the true joy of driving. It’s time to climb behind the wheel of a Porsche.

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