20 extra horsepower and new aerodynamics

The Porsche 911 GT2 RS may be the hottest sports car the German automaker has launched in 2017, but a revised version of the 911 GT3 RS is just around the corner. And based on a handful of photos that just surfaced the Interwebz, it’s just as exciting. Spotted testing many times last year, the facelifted GT3 RS is set to arrive sometime in 2018. An official date isn’t yet available, but this leak confirms that we’re just a couple of weeks — if not days — away from seeing it in the metal.

The photos were first posted by Australia’s Drive, but they have since been removed. Fortunately, the folks over at Motor1 managed to save them, and we can now have a closer at the upcoming GT3 RS. And it’s finished in a bright share of green that reminds me of old first-generation 911 models. So, what’s new? Read on to find out.

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Revamped Design

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Styling-wise, not much has changed compared to the old GT3 RS

Styling-wise, not much has changed compared to the old GT3 RS. We can see the same aerodynamic upgrades front and rear, along with vents for the front and rear fenders, and the big wing around back. Changes are subtle and of the 911 facelift (991.2) variety, and include revised bumpers, new daytime running lights, new headlamps, and taillights. The wing also sports some minor modifications, while the rear diffuser is decidedly more aggressive.

More Power and Updated Drivetrain

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The new GT3 RS is expected to deliver a whopping 520 horsepower.

The new GT3 RS is expected to deliver a whopping 520 horsepower. That’s 20 horses more than the previous GT3 RS and a much-needed upgrade now that the non-RS GT3 packs 500 horsepower. There’s no word on torque yet, but the 4.0-liter flat-six engine should crank out in excess of the current 339 pound-feet.

The sprint to 62 mph will take a tenth-second quicker, or 3.1 instead of 3.2 clicks. Top speed reportedly increased to 194 mph, a two-mph gain over the old model. Porsche has also retuned the rear-wheel-steering system, an update that should make it more precise on the race track. Don’t be surprised if the Germans unveiled a new Nurburgring lap soon.

The new GT3 RS should break cover soon, so make sure you stick around for an update.

References

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