The Porsche 911 GT3 RS Looks Wild In The Latest Spy Shots
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS is coming back with wilder aerodynamics and more powerby Ciprian Florea, on LISTEN 05:39
The latest-generation Porsche 911, dubbed 992, arrived in 2019 and as of August 2020 the German company has unveiled both the Carrera and Turbo models in coupe, cabriolet, and targa body styles.
But we’re still missing the hardcore GT3 and GT3 RS models, as well as the extreme GT2. There’s no word as to when these variants will arrive, but our paparazzi just spotted the GT3 RS testing in the wild. And it looks more aggressive than ever.
The upcoming Porsche 911 GT3 RS is an RSR race car for the road
The 911 GT3 has always been a more aggressive take on the 911, but Porsche is taking things to a whole new level with the upcoming RS model.
The test car sports a new front bumper vent that’s almost as wide as the car plus revised side vents that are hidden under camo. Extra camo on the front hood suggest the GT3 RS will sport larger outlets on that area, while the upper front fenders continue to feature louvers like the previous RS and most Porsche race cars. They also feature cutouts ahead of the doors, another design cue borrowed from racing that’s not available on the non-RS GT3 model.
The side skirts are also unique to this model. They become increasingly wider toward the rear fenders, which are also wider than usual to house bigger wheels. The rear bumper is similar to the GT3 test car we saw a while back, with a diffuser mounted at the bottom and a central exhaust system with two pipes.
Another novelty can be spotted at the corners of the taillights, which include small vents.
But it's the massive, dual-plane wing that stands out here.
Not only significantly bigger than the GT3’s, this aero element competes with the race-spec 911 RSR’s in terms of size and placement.
Styling-wise, the upcoming GT3 RS is the most aggressive GT3 yet and it makes the previous 911 GT2 look dull.
The upcoming Porsche 911 GT3 RS will retain the naturally aspirated layout
With both the Carrera and Turbo models now fitted with turbocharged engines, there are concerns that the GT3 models might also go the forced induction path.
However, it seems that these cars will remain true to the naturally aspirated flat-six, leaving the GT2 as the only turbo GT model in the lineup.
The upcoming GT3 RS should feature an evolution of Porsche’s 4.0-liter flat-six mill. This engine debuted in the old 991.2 GT3 with 493 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque on tap.
It was then updated to 513 horses and 347 pound-feet of the GT3 RS model. Naturally, the upcoming GT3 RS will feature a more powerful version, but don’t expect a massive increase. The new track-ready coupe will likely arrive with around 530 horsepower and 360 pound-feet of torque. The GT3 will also exceed the 500-horsepower mark with a rating of around 510 horses, so the GT3 RS will remain on top with 20 horsepower, like in the past.
The upcoming Porsche 911 GT3 RS won’t have a manual transmission
The 991.2 GT3 RS was restricted to an automatic transmission and this won’t change for the new-generation model.
The RS-badged coupe will feature an updated PDK transmission. If you want a manual, the regular GT3 will be available with a three-pedal layout option on top of the PDK.
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS will be faster than before
The extra power and torque, the lighter curb weight and the new-generation tech will make the 992 GT3 RS a bit quicker than the old model. The previous GT3 RS ran the 0-to-62 sprint in 3.2 seconds, so the upcoming coupe should be able to shave a tenth-second off the benchmark. Top speed should also increase from the old 194-mph rating, but don’t expect it to go beyond 200 mph due to its extreme aerodynamic kit.
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS won’t debut anytime soon
Although it’s already being tested on public roads, the new GT3 RS is still some time away. The regular GT3 model has been spotted testing for a longer while now and RS model are usually launched some time after the standard GT3. The latter will probably make its public debut in the first half of 2021, so the GT3 RS might break cover in early 2022.
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS will be really expensive
The previous GT3 RS came in at $187,500 and you shouldn’t expect the new model to be cheaper. Actually, look for the sticker to increase significantly, to the point where it surpasses the $200,000 mark. The standard 911 GT3 will probably be more affordable at around $160,000 before options.
Note: photo credit Felix Berghoff for CarPix