The 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS has been spotted so many times in prototype form that we’ve almost got used to the sight of that gigantic wing. Actually, scratch that; it still looks outrageous.
Sitting so high into the airflow that it’s the same level as the 911’s roof, the rear spoiler can be electronically adjusted, to switch between low and high downforce settings, much like the DRS system on a modern F1 car. And it sounds like we might not have to wait much longer to find out exactly much downforce the RS’s rear wing creates.
We already know that BMW is unveiling its M3 Touring at the Goodwood Festival of Speed later in June, and rumors are circulating that Porsche will finally pull the covers off the 2023 GT3 RS at the same event, meaning these images taken on around the Nürburgring could be the last spy shots we see before we get a look at the finished undisguised car.
Building on the already epic base provided by the regular GT3, the RS will feature a naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine tuned to deliver more than the 503 hp (510 PS) provided by the standard machine’s 4.0-liter motor. There’s even a suggestion that it could get a larger 4.2-liter version of the flat-six making as much as 572 hp (580 PS). But unlike the GT3, which gives buyers a choice of six-speed manual and seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmissions, the lap-time-focused RS will only be available with the PDK, again delivered to the rear wheels alone.
The giant rear spoiler, whose pylons mount to the top side of the wing rather than being fixed from below, will help keep the rear axle planted to make the most of the traction provided by the road-legal trackday tires, but it won’t be the only aero device at work. A front splitter will be doing its best to push the light front end into the road surface and vents on the top of the front fenders and behind the rear doors will help pressure escape from inside the wheel wells and reduce unwanted lift.
Prices are likely to be in the region of $200,000/$160,000 when sales start later this year, versus $161,000/£131,000 for a non-RS GT3 but good luck trying to get one if you haven’t already cozied up to your Porsche dealer.