Porsche GT3 RS Leaked Through Scale Model, Likely to Remain Naturally Aspirated
The upcoming Porsche 991 GT3 RS, still a mystery as far as technical data goes, has returned to our attention as a scale model. Yes, it happened again, as the sports car’s exterior design has also been revealed by a miniature collectible earlier in 2014. This time around though, the model car reveals and brand-new color is being added to the RS’ palette. According to Autogespot, who first published the sole photo of the GT3 RS model, claims the bright-orange hue the miniature Porsche is painted in will be launched as Java Orange. What’s more, it is very likely the Germans will use the same color to showcase the sports car at an upcoming auto show.
Now you might be wondering why would we trust a scale model of unknown origin. As a model car collector, I can confirm the box in the background is the exact same package all diecast manufacturers have been using to wrap their dealer edition Porsche models. Unlike regular models, dealer edition collectibles are sold almost exclusively in dealerships — often offered as gifts to customers — and represent all sorts of particular versions of a certain car. They usually include launch versions or certain colors promoted in various events. As far as I’m concerned, we are looking at the upcoming GT3 RS and the exterior paint we will see it in the first batch of official photos. Also, the vehicle depicted on the box is the actual car, albeit the background is likely an added effect.
What the scale model doesn’t say, but Autogespot reports, is that the 911 GT3 RS is likely to remain naturally aspirated. There’s been a lot of talk about whether the GT3 RS will get forced induction or not, mostly because the vehicle sports the Turbo-specific intakes on its rear fenders. The naturally aspirated 3.8-liter’s engine-fire issues resulted in talks that turbocharging may be the only way to extract the power the GT3 RS needs to trump the GT3 without posing a greater combustion risk. However, other than the turbo intakes, we have yet to stumble across solid proof in that direction. Maybe Stuttgart isn’t planning on developing a new GT2 and it is only using Turbo imagery to cement the GT3 RS’ position as the new range-topping version of the 911 lineup.
Either way, we’ll find out soon enough.
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Why it matters
Porsche has been quite successful at keeping the GT3 RS in the vault until now, but the scale model shown above removes any trace of doubt that the most powerful, non-turbo 911 yet sports the same body as the prototype we’ve seen throughout 2014. The vented rear fenders, the front fender gills and the brand-new aerodynamic body kit are basically official, with only the engine specs and other technology updates to be revealed.
Speaking of which, expect at least 500 horsepower to come from the upgraded 3.8-liter flat-six, with a PDK transmission to route all that oomph to the wheels. Word has it Porsche has also implemented a Pit Lane function which will enable drivers to set a maximum regulated speed in the pit late. That’s enough to keep us excited about the new GT3 RS, so make sure you stay tuned to TopSpeed for further details.