Pictures of the fastest version of the current Porsche 911 to date, the new GT3 RS, have surfaced online ahead of its full reveal on Thursday.
The 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS It first appeared in patent images, before being fully revealed on August 18, 2022 at 1:00 AM AEST.
Images shared widely on social media overnight show the hottest iteration of Porsche’s newest-generation 911 yet, which features a racing-inspired look with a taller rear spoiler, wider quarter panels and powerful wheel arch cooling vents.
Major improvements to the “standard” 911 GT3 include wide openings in the front trunk lid (bonnet), GT3 RS signature brake-cooling vents on the front wheel, roof fins, and wider wheel arches that feature a redesigned central locking. Metal wheels.
The star of the show is a new “swan neck” rear spoiler that appears to have been plucked from a race car – and one of the largest on current roads – which photos confirm will be adjustable to suit different racetracks.
It is unclear whether the new car will offer active aerodynamics – as it is rumored – with a deployable fender that raises to reduce drag at high speeds, similar to the Drag Reduction System (DRS) in a Formula 1 car.
The GT3 RS ditches the powered pop-up knobs of all other 992-generation variants of the 911 for traditional mechanical units—potentially saving weight—while the black intakes and fins behind each wheel are more robust than any other production 911 ever built.
Other highlights include what appears to be a carbon fiber roof, large front air intake, rear diffuser, and dual center-mounted exhaust tips shared with the non-RS 911 GT3.
The vehicle pictured also appears in white and red (with red wheels) inspired by the original 2003 ‘996.2’ 911 GT3 RS, and the 2010 ‘997.2’ 911 GT3 RS (3.8L).
Inside, updates to the “standard” 911 GT3 include red door pulls instead of mechanical knobs, a yellow 12 o’clock marking on the steering wheel, GT3 RS-specific instrument cluster and infotainment screen graphics.
The steering wheel is home to four rotating discs, rather than just one, allowing manual control of the vehicle’s performance systems.
While the accuracy of the leaked image makes it difficult to identify the functions of these discs, the red-colored switch appears to alter the adaptive suspension, the blue-colored disc controls the car’s torque-vectoring system, and the white-colored disc changes the overall look. Driving mode (yellow dial function unknown).
Running the new GT3 RS is set to be a version of the latest GT3 4.0L flat-six engine – Although if there were comments from the executives, it could be 7 kW less than the regular GT3, with an output of 368 kW (versus 375 kW).
“The new 911 GT3 RS is optimized for racetrack use even more than its predecessors. The 500 horsepower spontaneously responding, high-speed, four-cylinder, six-cylinder boxer engine [368kW, down on the standard GT3’s 375kW] “It has proven to be ideal for use on track days and sports club events,” said Andreas Breuninger, Director of Porsche GT Cars.
“This is why we focused primarily on aerodynamics and chassis questions in developing the new 911 GT3 RS,” Breuninger said in a media statement, hinting that the GT3 engine would not be modified for the RS.
The GT3 RS was previously rumored to develop around 390 kW – 7 kW more than the model it replaces – since the GT3 below received a similar power boost to its latest generation.
Power is slated to be sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission only – rather than the available six-speed GT3 manual, given the racetrack focus of Porsche’s RS-branded models, which favor faster-shifting automatic gearboxes.
Full details of the new 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS It will be revealed on Thursday, August 18th at 1AM AEST. The Australian launch is likely to take place sometime next year.