Porsche has confirmed the reveal date of the new 911 GT3 RS, which is set to meet the world on August 17 as the most track-capable 992 model.
The new GT3 RS will take its place as the “big brother” of the GT3. The announcement was accompanied by a single photo of the GT3 RS prototype, in case you missed the thousands of spy shots in the previous months.
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The redesigned body kit of the GT3 RS will include a new splitter, a new bonnet with larger vents, the signature louvers on the front fenders, roof-mounted fins, extra fins behind the front and rear wheels leaving part of the tires exposed, a new diffuser at the back with dual exhaust pipes, and a towering rear wing. The latter is probably the tallest ever to be fitted in a production 911.
Andreas Preuninger, director of the GT model line said: “The new 911 GT3 RS is even more optimised for track use than its predecessors. The spontaneously responsive, high-revving four-liter, six-cylinder boxer engine with approximately 500 PS has proven ideal for use at trackdays and club sport events. That’s why we focused primarily on aerodynamics and chassis questions in the development of the new 911 GT3 RS.”
The naturally aspirated 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine produces 502 hp (375 kW / 510 PS) and 469 Nm (346 lb-ft) of torque in the GT3 and the GT3 Touring. The GT3 RS is expected to produce slightly more than that, although the “approximately 500 PS” statement hints at a modest power upgrade. Still, we are confident it will surpass the 512 hp (383 kW / 520 PS) of its predecessor – the 991.2 GT3 RS. More importantly, the model is expected clever aerodynamic solutions inspired by the 911 RSR and GT3 R GT racing cars, pushing the “race car for the road” agenda even further.
The 911 GT3 lapped the Nurburgring in 6:59.927 which is 17 seconds faster compared to the previous generation. Furthermore, when fitted with Manthey’s tuning package, the GT3 clocked an even more impressive 6:55.737. We expect the GT3 RS’s lap time to shave some seconds off the aforementioned figures, proving the expertise of Zuffenhausen’s engineers when it comes to improving an already successful recipe.
We will learn more about the Porsche 911 GT3 RS during its digital premiere in August, with a video showing the model in action set to be released shortly after its debut.