As if the 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS story wasn’t complicated enough, a new photo showing a possible scale model of the high-performance sports car just surfaced the Internet to pour more fuel on the fire. It may sound inappropriate for a brand-new vehicle to break cover via a scale model, which is supposed to hit specialized stores and showrooms after the car benefits from the necessary publicity, but it happened before.
For instance, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class made it onto the Web in the form of a 1:18 diecast model weeks before the German manufacturer staged its grand unveiling. Of course, that doesn’t mean the Porsche in the adjacent photo is the actual 911 GT3 RS, but we can’t help notice a few details we’re already familiar with.
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Adding to the confusion is the fact that the model car also sports signature 911 Turbo intakes on its rear fenders. We’ve seen them on the GT3 RS prototype too, and it was originally believed that the test car was either the brawnier GT2 or that it had a Turbo body mounted to its chassis for testing purposes only.
Then the turbocharged GT3 RS scenario surfaced, claiming Porsche is pondering forced induction in order to extract more power from the 3.8-liter, inline-six engine without risking yet another fire-related recall. Could this model car be the final proof that the GT3 RS is getting a turbo under its rear bonnet? If so, where’s it coming from and why is it carrying never-before-seen elements such as the air intakes on the front fenders and the production-ready rear wing?
Why It Matters
If the model car in question really is the actual Porsche 911 GT3 RS we’ll be seeing later this year, then we have big news on our hands. This could only mean that the GT3 RS is indeed taking the turbo path, which is likely to upset most Porsche purists. What’s more, a turbocharged GT3 RS could climb atop the GT2 in the lineup and render the latter obsolete.
Based on what test vehicle have shown us the past few months, the upcoming Porsche 911 GT3 RS will hit the tracks with a revised aerodynamic body kit and a heap of internal upgrades. Turbocharged or not, the flat-six engine will deliver around 500 horsepower. Paired to a PDK transmission, the mill will enable the GT3 RS sprint from 0 to 60 mph in about three seconds and reach a top speed of 195 mph.