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Spyshots: Porsche 911 GT3 RS Races towards Production

OK, we admit it - we were silly and fell for Porsche’s trick, mistaking the 911 GT3 RS prototype for a 911 GT2 test car on more than one occasion. Besides our desire to witness a new incarnation of the GT2 seeing the light of day, we let ourselves fooled by the presence of the rear fender air intakes, a traditional element for turbocharged 911s.
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What Porsche is actually testing is the GT3 RS, with our spy photographers confirming that the engine sound is a naturally-aspirated one. Moreover, the latest testing session saw the prototype being driven alongside two standard GT3s, another clue that this is actually the GT3 RS.

The most hardcore naturally-aspirated model in the 911 range was expected to make its debut this summer, but Porsche’s 911 GT3 engine fire recall determined the company to spend some extra time developing the car.

As far as the eye is concerned, the RS story starts with what appear to be a wider wheels-tire package, which obviously alter the car’s stance altogether. Up front, we have a more generous lip spoiler, as well as a pair of winglets on the sides of the apron.

At the back, the apron is slightly more prawn towards letting air flow through it. Of course, this is all topped off with the extra-large wing at the back. Do you want fried tires with that?

The addition of the GT3’s rear-wheel steering alone will make this the sharpest GT3 RS ever, but the German engineers are planning quite a few upgrades over the standard GT3 package, if we can call this so.

The GT3’s 3.8-liter flat six packs 475 hp and the unit could get a slight power increase, perhaps via a displacement boost, a move Porsche is no stranger to. While this may or may not happen, the unit will definitely offer even more of the characteristic Porsche response, since it is expected to come with lighter internals.

However, the big question here targets the gearbox, not the engine. The GT3 is only available with PDK, but Porsche could also offer its seven-speed manual on the RS version. If this happened, expect bespoke gearing.

The GT3 RS will go through a diet, with various elements set to be made from carbon fiber. While some interior elements could be taken off, the cabin will include a rollcage, for the all-important track time.

 
 
 
 
 

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