New Porsche 911 GT3 RS (991.2) Spied on Nurburgring, Manual Gearbox Rumors Grow

Take a look at the overly generous Porsche 911 lineup (this includes north of 20 models) and you'll notice that the only Neunelfer derivative that has yet to be touched by the 991.2 wand is the GT3 RS.
New Porsche 911 GT3 RS Spied on Nurburgring 5 photos
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Track day aficionados have no reason to fret, though, as Zuffenhausen won't leave us without the facelifted incarnation of the Rennsport Neunelfer. In fact, the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS has recently been spied on the Nurburgring.

With the revamped RS expected to be released next spring, the German automaker isn't rushing to fully bring the test cars into 991.2 condition. To be more precise, while the nose of the supercar is new (notice the 2018 GT3 styling cues), the rear end still comes from the outgoing model.

Speaking of the test vehicle's posterior, the engine compartment of the Porscha will accommodate an even more potent incarnation of the new naturally aspirated 4.0-liter that debuted on the 991.2 GT3.

The engine is expected to deliver at least 525 hp, but the biggest question related to the new 911 GT3 RS powertrain has to do with the tranny.

While the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 has marked the return of the six-speed manual, giving purists reasons to jump for joy, but the track bias of the RS model could see Porsche sticking to the PDK-only recipe.

Those of you who are in a rush can skip to the 8:21 point of the spy clip for the rear-engined delight. However, the rest of the video is also worthy of your attention, as we're talking about a piece of Ring footage that's packed with all sorts of uber-spicy machines, from the mysterious McLaren prototype we recently discussed to the Mercedes-AMG GT Four-Door. The next-generation Porsche Neunelfer? It's also here and we can say the same about the still-sprinting GT2 RS, which should be aiming for the Nurburgring record.

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