Fear not, purists - the Stuttgart superstar is staying true to its roots

When it comes to track-proven performance, the Porsche 911 GT3 and GT3 RS are some of the most impressive nameplates around. Now, with the arrival of the new 992-generation 911 for the 2020 model year, the GT3 and GT3 RS are poised for an update, and as rumor has it the good times will keep on a’rolling with the same formula we know and love - power at the rear, as little weight as possible, and a high-strung six-cylinder for motivation. Even better is the suggestion that the Porsche’s lump of go will be a larger all-atmospheric six-cylinder, now with a few extra cc’s added on top.

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The 992-Gen 2021 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Will Remain Fully Aspirated and Feature a Surprise Upgrade Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Note: current Porsche 911 GT3 pictured here.

Here’s the really big news, folks - the new 992-generation 911 GT3 RS is poised to receive the biggest engine ever equipped on a street-legal 911 model. It’ll remain naturally aspirated, and could rev over 9,000 rpm.

That’s the latest as reported by our friends at WhichCar, who spoke with August Achleitner, head of the 911 product line, at the launch of the new 992 Carrera S.

News that Porsche is once again ignoring forced induction with the 992-gen GT3 is pretty huge.

Most automakers these days are going turbo in the never-ending search for a balance between power and efficiency, but the result is almost inevitably a squishier throttle feel, a lower redline, and less good noise out the exhaust tips.

However, for those models that remain naturally aspirated, enthusiasts come running. Notable examples include the Ferrari 812 Superfast’s 6.5-liter V-12 and the Lamborghini Huracan Performante’s 5.2-liter V-10. That’s pretty rarified company, but’s that exactly where the 911 GT3 and GT3 RS belong.

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As for the engine size, it’s looking like the current 3,996 cc six-cylinder could “get a small increase,” according to Achleitner.

In all likelihood, we won’t see any major upgrade or changes. WhichCar speculates the GT3 will adopt the 4,000 cc powerplant from the tail of the GT3 R race car, which produces 404 kW (550 horsepower) on its own. As such, that’s just a few cc’s over the current model’s six-cylinder.

In the GT3, we would expect a slight detune as well compared to the R, with something around 525 horsepower feeling about right. While not as impressive as the R’s 550 ponies, 525 horsepower is still a small bump to the current GT3 RS’s 520 horsepower.

Under the skin, the GT3 RS will use the same underpinnings as the latest 992 Carrera S. Achleitner also said the new RS will draw its development inspiration from the GT3 R, which has us thinking about a new aero package.

A RWD drivetrain and lower overall weight will remain staples of the setup.

As for transmission options, we expect the GT3 RS to stick with a seven-speed PDK automatic, while the GT3 will come with the option for three pedals if desired.

The latest eight-speed automatic offered on the current 911 is likely too heavy for the lightweight performance model, which is fine with us - the seven-speed PDK is still mighty impressive, and will work wonders in the new GT3 RS.

The 992-Gen 2021 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Will Remain Fully Aspirated and Feature a Surprise Upgrade Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Note: current Porsche 911 GT3 RS pictured here.

To keep the heft off, look for the inclusion of carbon fiber throughout, plus a magnesium roof as well. The
current GT3 RS tips the scales at around 3,000 pounds, and that figure is likely to remain static heading into the 992 generation.

While obviously heavily focused on performance, the GT3 and GT3 RS won’t be completely spartan inside the cabin. We fully expect a set of touchscreens and the latest tech goodies to complement the go-faster attitude, adding in extra digital features to help you drive the sports car to the best of your abilities.

“Now we have the possibility with the software … especially in the dashboard,” Achleitner explained. “One can imagine we could start something special for race tracks … like you already see on motorbikes.”

We’re imagining a full readout for specs for lap times, sector times, current horsepower output, tire temps, a G meter, and the like.

For reference, the current 911 GT3 creates 500 horsepower and can hit 60 mph in 3.2 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package, while top speed is pegged at 198 mph. Pricing starts at $143,600.

Meanwhile the GT3 RS lays down 520 horsepower and chops the sprint to 60 mph down to 3.0 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package.

Pricing starts at $187,500. Top speed is lower than that of the non-RS GT3 model, pegged at 193 mph due to its more aggressive, drag-heavy aero package.

When it finally drops, the 992-generation Porsche 911 GT3 RS will compete against models like the Mercedes AMG GT R Pro, which offers track-spec aero, extensive chassis bracing, upgraded suspension, ceramic-composite brakes, and a lower overall weight. Making the go in the Merc is a twin-turbo (point to Porsche there) 4.0-liter V-8 doling out 577 horsepower and 520 pound-feet of torque, which is good enough to push the coupe to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. Top speed is set at 198 mph.

What do you want to see from the 992-generation Porsche 911 GT3 and GT3 RS? Are you excited Stuttgart is sticking with natural aspiration? Let us know in the comments section below.

2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS - Specifications

Engine 4.0-liter flat-six
Horsepower 520 HP @ 8,250 RPM
Torque 346 LB-FT @ 6,000 RPM
Transmission 7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung
Top track speed 193 mph
0 - 60 mph 3.0 s
1/4 mile 10.9 s

Further Reading

The 992-Gen 2021 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Will Remain Fully Aspirated and Feature a Surprise Upgrade Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Read our full review on the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

2020 Porsche 911 GT3
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Read our full speculative review on the 2020 Porsche 911 GT3.

2018 Porsche 911 GT3 High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3.

Source: WhichCar

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