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Just three years after LEGO’s premium-branded 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Billund’s designers are returning to the German marque for another shot at the iconic 911. 42096 Porsche 911 RSR will be available Jan 1, 2019, for $149.99 USD (Dec. 26 in Europe). It includes 1,580 pieces.

Ringing in at 19 inches in length, it’s the largest set of the January Technic wave, and much larger than the tiny Speed Champions 911 RSR we reviewed in February 2018. Let’s see how this newest entrant to the LEGO Technic vehicles squadron stacks up.

The box and contents

Before we delve into what the Technic Porsche 911 RSR is, let’s talk about what it’s not. The 911 RSR is not a luxury experience like 2016’s Porsche 911 GT3 RS or 2018’s Bugatti Chiron. However, Technic’s history with large-scale vehicles modeled after beloved sports and race cars didn’t begin in 2016 with the GT3 RS. An unidentified “supercar” was released in 1994 (8880), and a few more vaguely recognizable but unbranded vehicles (8448 and 8070) have been sprinkled in the intervening years. Starting in 2005, though, LEGO began partnering with real manufacturers to license vehicle designs, resulting in the Enzo Ferrari 1:10, Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorino, Williams F1 Racer, Ferrari F1 Racer 1:8, and others. Each of those sets was a standard Technic set, with traditional packaging in line with other Technic sets and the rest of LEGO’s catalog. And this new Porsche 911 RSR is in line with those classic sets, not the two recent ultra-premium outliers of the GT3 RS and the Chiron. You won’t find individual boxes for each car component here, and you won’t find in-depth backgrounds on the model’s history or a podcast to keep you company during the build. Instead, the box and packaging match the rest of the 2019 Technic theme, and while I miss the premium experience of those sets, it’s only the set’s subject matter that makes me even think about it here.

Inside are 13 bags, a sealed bag with the instructions and stickers, and the four rubber tires. You may note a key phrase missing from the previous sentence: “numbered bags.” That’s not a mistake. This 1,580 piece set has no numbered bags. I can’t think of the last time I encountered a newly designed set even close to this large which didn’t have that simple build aid that we now take for granted. (Last month I built the 826-piece Vestas Wind Turbine which lacked bag numbering, but since it is effectively a re-release of a 10-year-old set, I won’t count it.)

There’s plenty of stickers to go around, with two very large sticker sheets. While most of them make sense even if I do prefer printing, some seem unnecessary. In fact, one of the roof stickers is pure white, placed on a white piece. Its only function seems to be to hide a bit of texture on the panel and to make it match the other three roof panels. The instruction manual dives straight into the build with no special features, though there is a spread at the end of the booklet matching the Technic model against the real car (it’s a much closer match than the perspective on the curved page makes it appear).

For parts, there are no entirely new elements, but there are a handful of elements appearing in new colors. One of the more interesting is red towball pins. As that’s only the third color for the towball pins in 24 years and they don’t appear in any visible locations, so it’s a good bet the new color was introduced for another set and just happens to show up here first. The curved gear rack also makes an appearance in black, making this only the second set to feature this element in black, and only the fourth set overall to have the part in any color.

The only printed elements in the set are the curved wheel arch panels first introduced in the orange Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Each of the four white panels is printed uniquely to match the car’s striping.

The build

Time to dive into the build, then. With over 1,500 pieces and no bag numbering, the 503-step manual is beginning to look a bit daunting.

You’ll have to get creative with your mise en place, setting out the bags carefully, so that you don’t spend the majority of your time hunting for elements. For me, that meant dumping each bag into the compartments of three large IKEA sorting trays, with a little bit of extra sorting to filter some parts down to sensible categories.

The actual build begins with the rear differential and double-wishbone suspension. It’s a precursor of things to come: nicely designed, but without much innovation.

The base frame and front suspension (also double wishbone) soon follows.

The engine is a flat six, made in traditional Technic style with moving pistons, a design that hasn’t updated much over the last 30 years.

The entire assembly is then slotted into the frame and mated to the differential with minimal gearing. Unlike every other Porsche 911 ever made, the RSR’s engine is mounted forward of the rear suspension, making the RSR the first ever mid-engined 911.

From there, the frame is extended out the front and back to support both bumpers, and the steering and seat are installed. The steering is a simple rack-and-pinion affair with a considerable amount of slop (about 45° on the steering wheel before the wheels engage the turn).

Even though it doesn’t look very complete, at this point, the remaining build is simply cladding the car in body panels. Most of the larger panels apart from the wheel arches receive stickers.

The completed model

The new-for-2017 Porsche 911 RSR is the heavily modified race version of the already track-focused 911 GT3 RS. As such, it’s a Le Mans racer through and through, and what it lacks in luxury it makes up for in on-track capability.

Photo credit: Porsche

For the LEGO model, that translates to a sparse interior and a killer paint job, but leaves a bit wanting in the technical category.

The RSR has banks of LED headlights, and although they stick out a bit more in the model than they do in the real car, the finished look works well enough.

The rear diffuser is an elaborate contraption that looks killer in all black, like the tail fins on a spaceship. The top of the splitter is stickered with silver, while the top of the wing gets PORSCHE branding. 

The roof of the car has two small antennas, one made with a rapier, which is a good use of that element. Unlike the Chiron and 911 Gt3 RS, the roof is not a structural element of the car, and there’s no way to lift the car by grabbing the roof. The only way to lift the vehicle is by picking it up from underneath, a job that requires two hands.

The interior of the car is sparse as befits a “minimize weight at all costs” racecar. In the real car, even the seat is permanently affixed with no means of adjustment, instead allowing the pedals to move to accommodate different drivers. Likewise, there’s no adjustments here, and the seat is simply a rigid, no-frills approach with studless beams.

Inside the driver’s door is a small map of the Laguna Seca circuit, and the center console is awash in brightly colored buttons. Above that is a small radar screen that will notify the driver of approaching vehicles attempting to overtake from the behind, though the on-screen display in the LEGO model is a bit fanciful. There’s no instrumentation in the usual place behind the steering wheel.Overall, it’s not a bad facsimile of the real deal, though the steering wheel is in need of a better design in addition to being mounted a bit higher.

Photo credit: Porsche

On the opposite side (we can’t call rightfully call it the passenger side, since there’s only one seat), we can get a good look at the ad-hoc air conditioning vent system that wraps around the center console. The rest of the details are a severe letdown, however. Where the passenger seat would usually be, a variety of wires, fuses, and other gizmos are stickered on haphazardly placed tiles with exposed studs between them, giving it an unfinished look. The long red cylinder is likely meant to be a fire extinguisher, but it bears little resemblance.

The working features on this model are quite limited, boiling down to steering, suspension, moving pistons, and opening engine cover and doors. The front hood does not open. The bar down the center of the windshield is actually the single wiper blade, which rests in the vertical position. Its simple design feels monumentally underwhelming, and it’s hard to tell that’s what it’s meant to be at all.

The engine cover hides the mid-mounted engine with exposed pistons. The rear wheels are geared into the pistons via the differential.

Comparisons to the 911 GT3 RS are inevitable, as my constant references throughout this article have already proven. Let’s take a look at them side by side, then. It’s immediately obvious that the RSR is a smaller scale than the GT3 RS, though both cars are stunning. It’s unfortunate that you won’t be able to display them side by side as equals, since having both the track and race versions of Porsche’s top 911 model would be a great display for any LEGO Porsche enthusiast (which I count myself among, as my long-time username of Porschecm2 evidences).

Looking at them from above, the distinction is even more clear. However, hefting them the difference is absolutely unmistakable, as the lack of a working gearbox and other internals makes the RSR’s weight more than 45 percent less than that of the GT3 RS (2.9lbs versus 5.3lbs, respectively).

Together the with the Chiron, they look terrific even with the scales being a bit mixed.

Conclusion & recommendation

The Porsche 911 RSR’s exterior comes close to being on par with the premium Chiron and 911 GT3 RS. The interior is significantly less complex and lacks many of the features of those sets, but it’s also priced to reflect this difference, coming in at half the price of those models. The working features all function well, and while there’s nothing innovative, there’s also little to complain about in these tried-and-true designs aside from a bit of steering slop. Certain parts of the design, however, fall well below expectations, such as the windshield wiper and driver’s compartment. The passenger compartment is frankly hideous and is a distinct black mark on the design. The lack of numbered bags simply isn’t acceptable in a new set of this size in 2018. And while it’s minor, there’s also a mistake in the instructions which adds to the overall rushed feeling of this set (page 174, for those curious).

Nevertheless, despite a few missteps, if you can be content to spread out your LEGO bricks all over the floor or dining room table and devote a good few hours to searching for pieces and building, you’ll be rewarded with a great looking model of one of Porsche’s most groundbreaking racecars.

LEGO Technic 42096 Porsche 911 RSR will be available on January 1 from the LEGO Shop online in North America ($149.99 in the US, $199.99 in Canada) and December 26 in Europe (£139.99 in the UK). It is also available from third-party sellers on eBay and BrickLink.

Also check out the LEGO Porsche 911 RSR ($29.99 in the US) from the Speed Champions theme for a less pricey RSR experience.

The LEGO Group sent The Brothers Brick an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review guarantees neither coverage nor positive reviews.

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If you're looking for an iconic car to build from Lego Technic, you're not short of options, from the fairly cheap to the very expensive. But in the mid-price tier, the key decision is between the Lego Technic Ferrari 488 vs Lego Technic Porsche 911.

These are absolutely two of the best Lego Technic sets available right now, and walk a very interesting line in terms of balancing complexity with price. They're both large and impressive builds with lots of realistic 'functions' (as Lego calls them) included, but are a fraction of the price of Lego's truly elite Technic cars, the Lamborghini Sian and Bugatti Chiron.

Of course, your decision might just be made because you're a Porsche lover over Ferrari, or vice versa, but if you're on the fence, let's go over what both of these offer.

Don't forget to check out our guides to the best Lego sets overall, as well as the best Star Wars Lego sets.

Lego Ferrari vs Lego Porsche: Price & release date

The Lego Technic Ferrari 488 GTE “AF Corse #51” (as it's technically known) was released on January 1st 2021, and it officially costs £169.99/$169.99/AU$299.99.

The Lego Porsche 911 RSR was released at the end of 2018, and it officially costs £139.99/$149.99/AU$249.99. Of course, you'll often find discounts on both – there's every chance of finding them in our guide to the best Lego deals.

If you're thinking that it feels like there's been a Technic 911 for longer than that, that's because there was, just in a different form. Collect the set(s)!

As mentioned, the prices put these sets right in the middle of the 'Technic cars based on real models' spectrum. You can get the small Lego Chevrolet Corvette or Ducati Pangale bike (I'm counting that as a car, and I'm not sorry) which cost less than half as much as the Ferrari and Porsche

At the top end, you've got the Lego Lamborghini Sián and Lego Bugatti Chiron, which cost twice as much as the cars we're featuring here, though are only a little bigger when built. So what makes the cars we're looking at cheaper? Let's talk about it.

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Lego Ferrari vs Lego Porsche: Design & complexity

The impressive thing about both of these models is the number of realistic Technic functions that are included. They both include suspension, working steering, opening doors, an visible engines with pistons that move when the wheels are turning. The Porsche includes a working differential too, which is a little bonus for lovers of mechanisms.

Where these differ from the more expensive Lambo and Bugatti is primarily in the lack of gearbox. Those models include fully-functional multi-speed gearboxes, and those things are complicated. They're a huge number of tiny pieces, and take up a lot of space.

What the Ferrari and Porsche sets do is drop the gearbox, but keep the other functions I've already described above. They're also a little smaller, with both reaching 19 inches long and five inches high when built – the more expensive sets are more like 24 inches long.

So that makes them much cheaper, but also much less complicated to build. The Porsche is actually rated for ages 10+, and Lego specifically mentions it as a great buy for kids with an interest in engineering. The Ferrari is officially rated for age 18+, which is more like the super-complicated models… but we suspect that's being rather ungenerous to the building skill of most teens.

The Porsche is 1,580 pieces and the Ferrari is 1,677, so there's not that much of a difference in that case.

Both offer really impressive-looking end results, including cockpits full of realistic equipment and details. I think the Porsche is my preference of the two aesthetically, but they're both great showpieces. 

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Lego Ferrari vs Lego Porsche: Verdict

I think that of these two models, I find the Porsche slightly more appealing overall – it's got a slightly lower price, and has a cool differential to build on top of the steering, suspension, engine and so on.

However, the red Ferrari is a red Ferrari, and should never be discounted due to that fact alone. You'll be happy either way, and I think that both of these model tread the line perfectly between being complex Technic builds, and affordable and fun models to put together.


Celebrate an icon of engineering excellence with the LEGO Technic™ 42096 Porsche 911 RSR. Developed in partnership with Porsche, this authentic replica captures the vehicle’s powerful appearance with its sharp contours and aerodynamic detailing, including a rear wing with ‘swan neck' mounts, extended rear diffuser and specially designed side mirrors. Functions include a visible, working differential, independent suspension and a six-cylinder boxer engine with moving pistons positioned in front of the rear axle, while the accessible cockpit features a radar screen, working steering, fire extinguisher system and even a track map of the Laguna Seca circuit printed onto the driver’s door. Black spoked rims, realistic head and tail lights and an authentic white, red and black color scheme with sticker detailing add the final touches to this awesome LEGO Technic Porsche 911 RSR model, a perfect display piece for the home or office!me or office! Porsche 911 RSR replica model with a wealth of authentic features, including a rear wing with ‘swan neck’ mounts, extended rear diffuser and aerodynamic side mirrors, plus black spoked rims and realistic head and tail lights. Also includes a detailed cockpit, working differential, independent suspension and a six-cylinder boxer engine with moving pistons positioned in front of the rear axle. This collectible toy car also features an authentic white, red and black color scheme and a sticker sheet for additional detailing. Open the doors to access a cockpit packed with realistic details, including a radar screen, working steering, fire extinguisher system and a track map of the Laguna Seca circuit printed onto the driver’s door. Check out the six-cylinder boxer engine with moving pistons. This set includes 1,580 pieces. This LEGO Technic™ model is designed to provide an immersive and rewarding building experience. Suitable for ages 10+. LEGO Technic™ sets feature realistic movement and mechanisms that introduce young LEGO builders to the universe of engineering in an approachable and realistic way. Porsche 911 RSR measures over 5” (13cm) high, 19” (50cm) long and 7” (20cm) wide.


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