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Look Mom, No Camo: 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 Facelift (991.2) Spied At the Green Hell

Spied time and time again with more or less camouflage hiding the goodies, the facelifted 911 GT3 has been uncovered of its secrets. As you can see in these spy photos, Porsche didn’t even bother to camouflage the 991.2 GT3 during its final development stage. And boy, does its driver look like he's really committed.
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Put side by side to the Porsche 3D Kleurplaat car leaked via Porsche Netherlands, this prototype here looks like it's the real deal. Slated to debut for the 2017 model year, the Porsche 911 GT3 facelift reveals revised air intakes, LED daytime running lights incorporated into the front bumper, as well as 991.2-spec taillights.

At the rear end, the bumper resembles that of the pre-facelift 911 GT3. On closer inspection, the vertical slits in the rear bumper appear to be more pronounced than before. Heavily inspired by the 911 GT3 Cup racecar for 2017, the facelifted 911 GT3 will bring forth something for the purists, i.e. a 6-speed manual transmission.

That would be a first in the 911 GT3 since the 997-gen production run ended five years ago. Expected to mirror the 6-speeder in the 911 R, the stick shift in the 911 GT3 facelift sends power to the rear axle in true Porsche fashion. As for what lies under the hood, the 911 GT3 won’t go turbo like regular 911s did with the 911.2 facelift. It remains to be seen if the 3.8-liter boxer will soldier on with more power or if the 911 R’s 4.0-liter powerplant will find its way into the 911.2 GT3.

Whatever is hiding under that fixed rear wing, it’s a sure bet to expect a naturally aspirated unit that will definitely churn out more than 476 PS (350 kW) at full song. These said, only time will tell how the manual will stack up to the current model’s PDK and 3.5-second sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph).

Beyond the incoming 991.2 GT3, the 991.2 GT2 is also worth waiting for.

 
 
 
 
 

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