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Porsche exec’s favourite 1980’s bike inspired new 911 GT3 RS


Porsche exec’s favourite 1980’s bike inspired new 911 GT3 RS

Dejan Jovanovic 3 years ago

The latest Porsche 911 GT3 RS flaunts a new signature colour, Lizard Green, which comes inspired by 1980’s Kawasaki bike racing colours

For the previous 911 GT3 TS Porsche released a new colour named Lava Orange that proved to be the model’s most popular hue in markets like China. It became instantly recognisable and has since spread across the Porsche range as a cost-optional colour.


This time for the latest 991.2 generation 911 GT3 RS Porsche looked to the other end of the paint spectrum and went with Lizard Green, which is what the marketing team in Zuffenhausen calls a ‘Communication Colour’, the model’s signature colour.

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The process to the showroom starts years before however – before the green was green-lit for production it had to pass weathering tests. Painted sheets of metal were left in the sun in desert test sites, for 24 months at a time.

And if the new Lizard Green on the 2019 911 GT3 RS looks familiar, that’s because Porsche dipped into its historical palette and kind of brought the 1970’s colour Viper Green back into the limelight.

According to Porsche GT product boss Oliver Berg however, the new GT3 RS signature colour is also a nostalgic romance with a youth misspent on bikes.

“I’m really a fan of green,” Berg tells Motormouth. “My favorite green is the Viper Green from ’72. but in the late 1980s I also rode a Kawasaki… Remember the race bikes? With the green, white and blue, with those tubes through the tank?

“Yeah… I always loved this Kawasaki green,” Berg says.

“Then, Andy [Andreas Preuninger, GT department head] was at a show, and he saw a Viper Green RS 3.0, and he took a picture and sent it to me, and when he called me he said, ‘That’s the one Oli!’”

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Viper Green

“So this Lizard Green is a mixture between Viper Green and the Kawasaki green, a more yellowish, ’70’s colour.”

Personally we’d go with pink polka dots and leopard print if our name was on the title.


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