The next generation of Porsche 911 GT3 RS will have a bigger naturally aspirated engine than the current one.
But only just.
With the 992 generation of 911’s rolling out, it’s time to set our sights higher than the Carrera S we’ve already seen. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with the Carrera S, but there are more exciting 911s out there, such as the GT3 RS.
The racing-inspired GT3 might be in store for a bigger, more powerful engine, according to a new report from Wheels.
Speaking with 911 product line chief August Achleitner, he confirmed that Porsche will stick to the GT3’s winning formula of a big, non-turbo engine affixed to a lightweight chassis that is rear-wheel driven. The current car’s 4.0-L engine will see a slight power boost to 516 horses (up from 513) thanks to a very tiny increase in displacement.
The actual displacement of the current GT3 RS’s motor is 3.996-L. Achleitner said that the new GT3’s engine will be based off the GT3 R race car and be a solid 4.000-L. That 3 one-thousandths of a liter is apparently enough to generate an extra three horses at the crank.
Attached to said crank will be the same 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that the current GT3 has, but Porsche also plans on bringing back a 6-speed manual transmission--something the GT3 RS doesn’t have in its current incarnation.
Expect the GT3 to still weigh around 3,153 lbs, but the addition of a carbon fiber and magnesium roof might shed a few those. Emphasis will be on improving cornering and high-speed stability, where every shed pound helps.
On the inside, a pair of 7.0-inch flat screens will surround an analog tachometer and will display all essential vehicle data and even some car diagnostics. Everything will be configurable to the driver’s tastes, which might even mean some track data as an available option.
Unfortunately, we have no time frame on when a new GT3 will arrive. The Carrera is set to arrive in dealerships later this year, so an early next year release seems optimistic but doable.