Porsche 911 GT3 RS Is Made for the Track

German carmaker Porsche continues to add expand its high-performance and race-ready concepts. Porsche has officially launched the road-legal high performing race-ready sports car, the new 911 GT3 RS.

With 518 horsepower and top aerodynamic elements, the 2023 road-legal racer has proved to be a force to be reckoned with, redefining the meaning of power amongst its turbocharged competition. By manipulating the airflow outside of the engine, engineers have created a more aggressive aerodynamic 911 GT3 RS that adjusts performance based on how efficiently the body moves through the environment around it.

The road-legal high-performance sports car takes full advantage of technology and concepts from motorsport (911 GT3 RS: Fuel consumption* combined (WLTP) 13.4 l/100 km, CO₂ emissions* combined (WLTP) 305 g/km, Fuel consumption* combined (NEDC) 12.7 l/100 km, CO₂ emissions* combined (NEDC) 289 g/km). Even beyond the high-revving naturally aspirated engine with racing DNA and intelligent lightweight construction, it is, above all, the cooling and aerodynamic systems of the 911 GT3 RS that connect it most directly with its motorsport brother, the 911 GT3 R.

Central-radiator concept inspired by motorsport – the foundation for active aerodynamics

The basis for a significant performance boost is the concept of a central radiator – an idea that was first used in the Le Mans class-winning 911 RSR and subsequently in the 911 GT3 R. Instead of the three-radiator layout seen in previous cars, the new 911 GT3 RS relies on a large, angled centre radiator in the car’s nose, positioned where the luggage compartment is located on other 911 models. This has made it possible to use the space freed up on the sides to integrate active aerodynamic elements.

Continuously adjustable wing elements in the front and on the two-part rear wing, in combination with a number of other aerodynamic measures, provide 409 kg of total downforce at 200 km/h. This means that the new 911 GT3 RS generates twice as much downforce as its 991.2-generation predecessor and three times as much as a current 911 GT3. At 285 km/h, total downforce is 860 kg.

A drag reduction system (DRS) is fitted in a production Porsche for the first time. To achieve low drag and higher speeds on straight sections of the track, the DRS allows the wings to be flattened out at the push of a button, within a specific operating range. The airbrake function is activated during emergency braking at high speeds: the wing elements at the front and rear are set to maximum, creating an aerodynamic deceleration effect that significantly supports the wheel brakes.

The look of the new 911 GT3 RS is characterised by the large number of functional aerodynamic elements. The most prominent feature of the GT sports car is the swan-neck-supported rear wing, which is significantly larger in all dimensions. The rear wing consists of a fixed main wing and an upper, hydraulically adjustable wing element.

For the first time on a Porsche production vehicle, the upper edge of the rear wing is higher than the car’s roof. In addition, the front end of the 911 GT3 RS no longer has a front spoiler, but instead features a front splitter that divides the air flowing over and underneath. Sideblades accurately direct air outwards. Front wheel arch ventilation is provided via louvred openings in the front wings.

Inlets behind the front wheels, in the style of the iconic Le Mans-winning 911 GT1, reduce the dynamic pressure in the wheel arches. Sideblades behind the intake ensure that the air is directed to the side of the vehicle. Air from the centrally positioned radiator flows out via large nostrils on the front lid. Fins on the roof direct the air outwards, ensuring cooler intake temperatures in the rear.

In the new 911 GT3 RS, the openings in the rear side panel are used exclusively to improve aerodynamics and not to draw in process air. The rear wheel arch also features an intake and a sideblade for optimised airflow. The rear diffuser comes from the 911 GT3 and has been slightly adapted.

Track suspension that can be adjusted from the cockpit

Even the suspension comes in for aerodynamic attention. Because the wheel arches of the new 911 GT3 RS are subject to powerful airflows, the components of the double-wishbone front axle are designed with teardrop-shaped profiles. These aerodynamically efficient links increase downforce on the front axle by around 40 kg at top speed and are otherwise only used in high-end motorsport applications. Because of the wider track (29 millimetres wider than the 911 GT3), the double-wishbone front axle links are also correspondingly longer. 

To ensure that the downforce balance between the front and rear axles is maintained even when braking from high speeds, the suspension engineers have significantly reduced pitching under braking. On the new 911 GT3 RS, the front ball joint of the lower trailing arm has been set lower on the front axle. The multi-link rear axle has also been adjusted, with modified spring rates. The driver assistance systems and rear-axle steering also have an even more dynamic set-up here.

The 911 GT3 RS offers three driving modes: Normal, Sport and Track. In Track mode, the basic settings can be individually adjusted. Among other settings, the rebound and compression damping of the front and rear axles can be adjusted separately and in several stages. The rear differential can also be adjusted via rotary controls on the steering wheel. This is done quickly and intuitively with an operating and display concept also borrowed from motorsport.

Four individual rotary controls and a button for the Drag Reduction System (DRS) are located on the steering wheel. These rotary controls are clearly displayed via graphics in the instrument cluster during the adjustment process. The 911 GT3 RS also features the track screen already familiar from the 911 GT3. At the touch of a button, the driver can reduce the digital displays on the two seven-inch side displays to essential information only. The gearshift indicators to the left and right of the analogue tachometer have also been taken from the GT3.

High-revving four liter six-cylinder boxer engine

The 4.0-litre high-revving naturally aspirated engine has been further optimised compared with the 911 GT3. The increase in power to 386 kW (525 PS) is achieved primarily via new camshafts with modified cam profiles. The single-throttle intake system and the rigid valve drive are derived from motorsport.

The seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) has a shorter overall gear ratio than the 911 GT3. Air intakes on the underbody ensure that the transmission can withstand even extreme loads during frequent use on track. The 911 GT3 RS accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 296 km/h in seventh gear. 

Aluminium monobloc fixed-calliper brakes with six pistons each and brake discs with a diameter of 408 mm are used on the front axle. Compared with the 911 GT3, the piston diameters have been increased from 30 to 32 mm. In addition, the thickness of the discs has been increased from 34 to 36 mm. The rear axle continues to be fitted with 380-mm brake discs and four-piston fixed-calliper brakes.

The optionally available Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) has 410-mm discs on the front axle and 390-mm discs on the rear axle. The new 911 GT3 RS comes standard with forged light-alloy centre-lock wheels. Road-legal sports tyres measuring 275/35 R 20 at the front and 335/30 R21 at the rear ensure a high level of mechanical grip. 

Lightweight construction all the way

Intelligent lightweight construction has been a basic principle of all RS models ever since the legendary 911 Carrera RS 2.7. Thanks to an array of lightweight construction measures such as the extensive use of CFRP, the 911 GT3 RS weighs in at only 1,450 kg (kerb weight according to DIN) despite many larger components. The doors, front wings, roof and front lid, for example, are made from CFRP. Lightweight CFRP is also used in the interior, for example in the standard full bucket seats.

Available with Clubsport and Weissach packages

When it comes to its interior, the new GT sports car is finished in typical RS style: black leather, Racetex and carbon-weave finish characterise the purist, sporting ambience. The 911 GT3 RS is available with the Clubsport package at no extra cost. This includes a steel rollover bar, a hand-held fire extinguisher and six-point seat belts for the driver. 

Intelligent lightweight construction has been a basic principle of all RS models ever since the legendary 911 Carrera RS 2.7. Thanks to an array of lightweight construction measures such as the extensive use of CFRP, the 911 GT3 RS weighs in at only 1,450 kg (kerb weight according to DIN) despite many larger components. The doors, front wings, roof and front lid, for example, are made from CFRP. Lightweight CFRP is also used in the interior, for example in the standard full bucket seats.

Available with Clubsport and Weissach packages

The Weissach package, which is available at extra cost, involves considerably more. The front lid, roof, parts of the rear wing and the upper shell of the exterior mirrors feature a carbon-weave finish. The front and rear anti-roll bars, the rear coupling rods and the shear panel on the rear axle are made of CFRP and contribute to a further enhancement of the driving dynamics. The rollover bar, constructed for the first time from CFRP, saves around six kilograms compared with the steel version.

Another highlight of the Weissach package is the PDK shift paddles with motorsport-derived magnet technology. This makes gear changes even more dynamic thanks to a more precise pressure point and a clearly perceptible click. Optionally available with the Weissach package are magnesium forged wheels, which save another eight kilograms.

Exclusive Porsche Design Chronograph

Inspired by the motorsport mindset – where maximum precision is paramount – Porsche’s own watchmaking operation in Solothurn, Switzerland, has developed the 911 GT3 RS chronograph. This mechanical watch is reserved for owners of the car. It is based on a glass-bead blasted case, made from either natural or black titanium, and with a screw-down crown. Inside the watch is the mechanical Porsche Design chronograph calibre WERK 01.200, which has been COSC-certified for its high accuracy.

Its flyback function allows the wearer to start, stop and reset the second hand with a single action. The chronograph pushers, which feature ‘Start/Stop’ and ‘Next Lap’ laser engravings, reveal that this chronograph is not just about telling the time. In addition to innovations, such as the pulsometer scale on the bezel, many design features and materials from the GT3 RS are also found.

The new 911 GT3 RS is now available for order and starts at €229,517 (Germany) or approximately $233,525 USD. For more information on the specs of the new road-ready racer, come into the beautiful world of Porsche.

Bugatti Teases New ‘Icon’ Ahead of Monterey Car Week

Monterey Car Week is upon us, and we already have a surprise announcement from Bugatti. The French brand took to social media Monday morning with a simple-yet-tantalizing teaser video promising to ‘unlock an icon’ on Friday at The Quail.

As all 500 Bugatti Chirons an 40 Bolides sold out at the beginning of this year, the high-performance automaker now teases a radically different hypercar in a short video clip captioned ‘unlock an icon’. The announcement comes as Aston Martin recently revealed its all-new DBR22 Speedster and Bentley looks to offer a first look at its limited-run Mulliner Batur this weekend.

Take a look for the new Bugatti model to arrive on August 19 at the Quail.

The teaser video doesn’t shed much light on the mystery, though the four horizontally dashed headlights and surrounding lines deviate significantly from the Chiron, suggesting something new altogether. While vaguely resembling more of the Divo, it’s still unclear whether the supercar will be a special edition model, concept, or other. Bugatti recently merged with EV company Rimac Automobili in late 2021 for Bugatti Rimac, so their first jointly developed project could potentially be arriving soon.

Come into the beautiful world of Bugatti.

Amouages ethereal journeys

Two Amouage classics. Meander and Ashore; ethereal journeys of the Renaissance Collection inspired by the grace of the Sultanate created by Mackenzie Reilly. Perfect for summer.

Amouage Meander

Amouage Meander is a Amber Fougere fragrance. An intricate blend of woods and flowy spices, Meander captures the exhilarating feeling of happiness when Salalah turns into a land of haze and running streams. Top notes are Olibanum, Carrot Seeds, Pink Pepper and Black Pepper; middle notes are Orris, Cypriol Oil or Nagarmotha, Narcissus and Rose; notes are Sandalwood, Olibanum and Vetiver.

Amouage Ashore

A hypnotising floral-solar perfume, Ashore depicts the mirage of the senses that occurs every summer on the coast of Ras Al Jinz. Top notes are Cardamom, Pink Pepper and Turmeric; middle notes are Jasmine Sambac, Solar notes and Rose; base notes are Ambergris, Sandalwood and Olibanum.

Amouage Meander and Ashore are available at Amouage boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Amouage.

Olfactive explorations of solitary moments capturing the serenity of a deserted beach

Shimmering rays of blazing yellow pierce through the cracks – the warmth of sunlight and the cold touch of ice surface in Sunshine Woman and Beach Hut Man.

Amouage Beach Hut Man

Beach Hut Man is a woody aromatic fragrance for men. The infinity of the ocean and the silence of virgin forests come alive in Beach Hut Man, a creation by Elise Benat. An olfactory escape to a place where nature reigns supreme. Top notes are mint, galbanum and orange blossom; middle notes are ivy, vetiver and moss; base notes are woody notes, myrrh and patchouli.

Amouage Beach Hut Woman

A perfume that reads like a smile in the ambery light of summer days, Sunshine Woman is sensuality embodied – created by Sidonie Lancesseur. It’s a woody aquatic fragrance. Top notes are mineral notes and bergamot; middle notes are driftwood and ylang-ylang; base notes are patchouli and cashmeran.

Amouage Beach Hut Man and Woman are available at Amouage boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Amouage.

Bright freshness, delicate floralcy and crystalline elegance

Bright freshness, delicate floralcy and crystalline elegance surrounded by a piercing glacial embrace – radiant masterpieces for a Summer relief.

Reflection Man and Woman; a dyad of our iconic offerings that are testaments to luminous luxury and a spirit of refinement by master perfumers Lucas Sieuzac and Maurice Roucel.

Amouage Reflection Man

Created by Lucas Sieuzac, Reflection Man is a Woody Floral Musk fragrance for men. Top notes are Rosemary, Pink Pepper and Petitgrain; middle notes are Jasmine, Neroli, Orris Root and Ylang-Ylang; base notes are Sandalwood, Vetiver, Cedar and Patchouli.

Amouage Reflection Woman

Created by Marcel Roucel, Amouage Reflection Woman is a Floral fragrance for women. Top notes are Green Leaves, Freesia and Water Violet; middle notes are Magnolia and Jasmine; base notes are Cedar, Sandalwood and Amber.

Amouage Reflection Man and Woman are available at Amouage boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Amouage.

Lanvin’s Curb Sneaker Gets a Reptilian Makeover

French Maison Lanvin did it again! After making its debut just two years ago at Lanvin’s Men’s Fall/Winter 2020 show, the skate-inspired Curb sneaker has quickly become a brand staple.

The Curb is a sneaker inspired by the 90s, with a confident design and exaggerated dimensions. Made in nappa calfskin, suede and mesh, this elaborately constructed shoe stands out for its extraordinary comfort thanks to the rounded shape, padded tongue, and curved metallic eyelets.

With its 90s-influenced design and eye-catching chunky silhouette, the luxury sneaker has become a favorite of streetwear and luxury aficionados alike. Adding to the shoe’s eccentric catalog, the Curb sneaker has now appeared in a reptilian construction. Featuring a mixed-media fabrication, the shoe is done up in python print Nappa leather, suede and mesh. Still keen on eccentricity, the shoe is completed with a padded quilted tongue with the French Maison’s label and logo, double waxed woven herringbone laces and curved metallic eyelets.

Further bringing the Portugal-made shoe to life are its beige and green colorways. The Lanvin Curb Python Print Leather Sneakers are available now at Lanvin boutiques, at their website for $1,150 USD. Come into the beautiful world of Lanvin.

Montblanc flagship at the top of the Champs Elysees inspired by a luxury boutique hotel

If this summer you stop by Paris, I suggest you to experience the new Montblanc flagship at the top of the Champs Elysees inspired by a luxury boutique hotel with lobby and concierge areas, “bagagerie , salons d’écriture et d’horlogerie ainsi qu’une suite privée”…

After opening Montblanc Haus few months ago, it is great to see their new unique client experience. Full of beautiful and authentic details like a restored 1950s vintage counter, Art Deco mosaic floor, ink bar creative space and unexpected surprises making guests feeling home.

Serious pen collectors can now plunk down six figures in the plushest setting imaginable, complete with staggering views of the Arc de Triomphe over flower boxes blooming with perfect roses.

The check-in desk that once sat in a Montblanc boutique in the 1950s (photo by Davide Leggio). 

The 2,400-square-foot corner unit, home to a Montblanc boutique for the past 20 years, just reopened after an extensive renovation and expansion to accommodate a new concept that merges retail with hospitality.

When you have a great stay at your favorite boutique hotel, you don’t ever want to leave”, Montblanc chief executive officer Nicolas Baretzki explained, bringing to mind the lyrics of a famous Eagles song. “We hope our customers will feel just the same about their visit”.

Visitors to Montblanc Suite 4810, the number representing the elevation in meters of Europe’s famous snow-capped mountain, alight upon a mosaic threshold like those found in palace hotels or Paris’ famous covered passages, and are invited to ‘check in’ at a retro, wooden reception counter.

Watches are displayed in a fixture resembling a cocktail bar (photo by Davide Leggio). 

There, sales staff can orient visitors toward what they might be seeking, or invite them to discover the 116-year-old German luxury brand, starting with its emblematic resin writing instruments, through to timepieces, leather goods and other personal accessories.

Products are sparsely merchandised throughout the airy ground floor, but there is much to discover, from the ‘ink bar’, where visitors can test a range of nibs and quirky colors with cigar-sized fountain pens, to a wall niche displaying the latest Montblanc collectible: a hand-carved ebony pen in the shape of a wandering stick from its Writers Edition dedicated to the Brothers Grimm, priced at € 40,300.

High-rollers might be escorted directly upstairs to the VIP salons via an elevator done up in gleaming black, a wink to its emblematic Meisterstück pen, and lit up with calligraphy animations. Or they can stroll across the pale hardwood floors, the same as the ones found in Montblanc’s historic Hamburg ateliers, and discover everything from sporty crossbody bags and business cases to sunglasses, belts and wallets.

The concierge desk offers personalization, among other services (photo by Davide Leggio).

The decor resembles the lobby of a boutique hotel with its cushy armchairs, piped-in music and staff at the ready to offer refreshments. Baretzki said the boutique, which has an Art Deco feel, is a one-off that winks to other units.

Full of beautiful and authentic details like a restored 1950s vintage counter, a small concierge desk, located near the entry, is where customers can have accessories personalized, or receive advice on writing techniques. A salon dedicated to writing instruments and timepieces is done up in the style of a cocktail bar, serving up watches instead of martinis, while the penultimate room showcases large leather goods on shelves and small ones in marble drawers. There’s enough room here to test-drive roller suitcases.

Montblanc’s famous pen nibs can be found embedded in the iron safety grill, displayed over the ink bar, and recurring as zipper pulls in the leather goods department. Smartwatches, headphones and other personal tech items — Montblanc’s latest brand extension — are displayed in a pop-up location next door.

Montblanc’s Suite 4810 upstairs salons can host events and VIP clients (photo by Davide Leggio). 

The VIP suite includes an expansive living room with a bookcase, a vast straw marquetry-topped coffee table, and comfortable seating. A second room, the walls lined with safety-deposit boxes, features consultation tables perfect for inspecting rare pens, some of which are sourced from the Montblanc Haus in Hamburg, an immersive brand emporium that blends elements of a museum, art gallery, hall of fame and school offering calligraphy classes.

Montblanc also operates freestanding boutiques in Paris on the Rue de Rennes and Boulevard des Capucines, plus shops-in-shop at Galeries Lafayette, Printemps and Le Bon Marché.

Enjoy and happy summer. Come into the beautiful world of Montblanc.

Dior Opens Men’s Winter 2022 Pop-Up Boutique at Rodeo Drive

Following the Maison’s menswear Winter 2022 Collection debut in January of this year, the French Maison Dior has now opened a respective pop-up store in Los Angeles.

Located on Beverly Hill’s infamous Rodeo Drive (where else), the boutique offers another look at Kim Jones’ refined collection that was filled with asymmetrical closure pants, elevated overcoats, exquisite wrap and double-breasted blazers, relaxed yet refined pants and more.

Whether it be a light gray wool overcoat or a waist-hugging blazer, tailoring was Jones’ exhibition of beauty. Alongside ready-to-wear garments, the show also featured Dior’s now popular Birkenstock collaboration.

Bringing Paris to the West Coast, the pop-up store is inspired by the Alexandre III bridge with an array of Art Nouveau lamp posts and images of the Parisian skyline. The boutique also features a gold 3D-printed Pegasus sculpture that is exclusive to the Rodeo Drive location. From elevated overcoats and cheetah-print jackets to bejeweled derbys, the boutique showcases a range of the Winter 2022 collection pieces.

Dior Mens Wear Pop-Up Boutique
362 N. Rodeo Drive
Los Angeles, USA

The Dior Mens Wear Pop-Up Boutique is now open through Monday, September 19. Come into the beautiful world of Dior.

Neostrata Introduces a New Gold Standard in Vitamin C

Neostrata’s new 15% Vitamin C + PHA Serum is a clinically proven formula that gently exfoliates for brighter, more radiant skin in just 1 week.

Neostrata, the dermatologist born brand backed by 40 years of breakthrough innovation, launched their 15% Vitamin C + PHA Serum, which targets uneven skin tone and dark spots. Unlike most Vitamin C serums, this multi-action formula blends clinically proven antioxidants plus exfoliating Polyhydroxy Acid to help diminish visible skin discoloration and protect against external environmental aggressors.   

This lightweight and easy-to-absorb formula glides on smoothly and gives skin a boost of L-Ascorbic Acid (Pure Vitamin C), Feverfew Extract, Green Tea and Gluconolactone (Polyhydroxy Acid) to provide skin with antioxidant protection from external aggressors and oxidative stress, helping to diminish visible skin discoloration and even skin tone. Polyhydroxy Acid helps gently exfoliate skin’s surface, allowing the Pure Vitamin C to absorb into fresh, renewed surface layers of skin. You’ll ‘C’ the visible difference in your skin in no time with this daily brightening concentrate!

15% Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid): Brightens appearance of skin discolorations to reveal a natural, radiant complexion. Helps visibly fade dark spots and dark patches.

2% Gluconolactone (Polyhydroxy Acid): Gently exfoliates skin surface, including the look of dark spots, for a more even tone and texture. Sloughs off surface skin cells so Vitamin C can absorb into fresh, renewed surface layers.

1% Feverfew Extract: Gentle botanical antioxidant supports protection against drying environmental aggressors, such as pollution, that could worsen uneven tone. Enhances skin’s naturally occurring antioxidants.

Green Tea Extract (EGCG): Boosts Vitamin C antioxidant capacity.

How to apply: Apply to clean, dry face, neck and décolletage every morning, and follow with a Neostrata moisturizer.

For anyone seeking the gold standard ingredient, Vitamin C, in a formula packed with antioxidants to help diminish the signs of skin aging caused by environmental aggressors, like UV rays.

For more information, come into the beautiful world of Neostrata.

Montblanc Revives Its Early 20th-Century ‘Baby’ Pens

Montblanc has been dishing out luxury pcket goods since 1906, and the brand is acknowledging its heritage by reviving one of its original products. The German label’s new Rouge et Noir Baby Pen is a reimagined take on its archival Baby pens from the 1910s and ‘20s.

As its name implies, these new pens garner inspiration from Montblanc’s original fountain pen developed in 1906, the Rouge & Noir. This revived accessory is put forth in a pair of sleek colors. You’ll be able to choose between a black body with platinum-coated hardware or an ivory tone coupled with gold-coated fittings. Each measures just 3.9″, making the pen a perfect choice for elevated EDC, if your job requires you to constantly be on the move.

Both colorways will also be available in either a fountain pen configuration for those with an affinity to the classics or a ballpoint pen mechanism for those who prefer something a little more modern. Finishing the pens are red Montblanc logos at the tip of the caps or pushers that’ll go perfectly with a set of cufflinks the company is also offering.

Additional pieces in this Art Deco-inspired collection include a leather-crafted pen pouch, pocket notebook, and red resin-embellished cufflinks, each of which is available in the same color palettes as the neighboring pens. While the notebook and pen pouch each serve as formidable accents to this classy utensil, they bode just as well on their own. On the other hand, the cufflinks are guaranteed to make any suit look even swankier.

If you’re interested, the new Montblanc Rouge et Noir ‘Baby’ series will be available soon over on the luxury brand’s boutiques and website, with prices ranging from $465 to $795 USD. Come into the beautiful world of Montblanc.