Before the new 911/991 graces the Frankfurt Motor Show floor,Porsche is wrapping up the current 911 series with the 2012 GT3 R racing car, a model that has been successful due to great handling and speed. The new model year takes those features even further with added horsepower and accessories.
The Porsche 911 GT3 R is powered by a four-liter, six-cylinder flat engine that delivers a total of 500 HP, an improvement of 20 HP thanks to the optimization of the intake system. The six speed sequential gearbox was then adapted to the higher maximum output and paddleshifters were installed on the steering wheel for easier and faster gear changes. The transmission electronics, featuring an automatic throttle blip control, further facilitates gear changes. The race-ABS braking system rolls over from the previous model years, as does the sophisticated ex-works traction control.
The new GT3 R is still placed between the GT3 Cup and the 911 GT3 RSR, and will be used in competitions starting next year. It will be put on sale in November 2011 at a price of 304,500 Euro, or about $434,000 at the current exchange rates. If you just so happen to own a 2010 or 2011 GT3 R, don’t fret, Porsche is giving current customers the chance to upgrade their models to the 2012 specifications for 43,100 Euro, or about $61,000.