Spied: 992-gen Porsche 911 GT3 RS takes to the ’Ring
The last time we spotted the upcoming 992-generation Porsche 911 GT3 RS, it was en route to Porsche’s testing hub at the Nürburgring. Our spy shooters have now managed to capture the barely-camo-clad über 911 blasting around the Nordschleife itself.
While some light disguise still obscures the finer styling details around the front fenders and various air intakes, Porsche is obviously content to just go about its business of pushing this rear-engine layout and naturally aspirated engine to the absolute limits of their capability. We expect this iteration of the GT3 RS to utilize an updated version of the GT3’s current 4.0-liter flat-six, with output surpassing the current unit’s 520 hp and 346 lb-ft of torque. As before, it’ll be a PDK gearbox swapping cogs, so if you want a three-pedal Porsche, look to the standard 911 GT3.
Since we last saw a GT3 RS prototype in action, there doesn’t appear to be any major changes of note. We see the same enlarged front fascia, swaths of mesh on the hood for improved cooling, plus vents and deflectors to direct air around the 20-inch center-lock wheels and gargantuan brakes with carbon-ceramic rotors. There’s no mistaking that astounding wing, either, which is responsible for keeping the GT3 RS’ ample rump planted.
About that rear end. While Porsche rarely delivers a divergent design when it comes to the 911’s longstanding shape, specific styling cues such as the headlights and engine cooling vents do shift over time. Perhaps the effect will be altered with other colors, but the combination of black paint, that huge wing, and the full-width Cylon light signature is a sinister—and not unwelcome—evolution for the cleanup hitter of the 992 lineup.
Now that we’ve seen it, we can’t wait to hear it. This is a machine born and bred at the track, and though 911s of this caliber are regular sights at car meets, they really belong on a road course.