992-generation Porsche 911 GT3 is shaping up to be the most track-focussed iteration yet.
Porsche has all but confirmed the launch of the new 911 GT3. The German brand has released this shadowy teaser image, with the promise that it will unveil a new, track-focussed GT badged sports car on the 16th February.
The new teaser image previews the new 992-generation 911 GT3’s rear end. The sports car features an aggressive diffuser and an enormous rear wing which, much like a GT3 racer’s spoiler, hangs underneath its mounts rather than sitting on top of them.
We’ve already been for a passenger ride in a 911 GT3 prototype, so we know that it’ll be powered by a naturally aspirated 4.0-litre flat-six engine. The unit has an output of 375kW, which is enough for a 0–100km/h time of around three seconds, and buyers are likely to have the choice of either a six-speed manual or sevens-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
The new GT3’s will use the same flat-six from the previous generation 911 Speedster, which was designed to mark the brand’s 70th anniversary. The engine gets an extra 8kW as part of its transplant into the GT3, but it will share the same 9,000rpm redline.
Our prototype ride also provided a more detailed look at the finished car’s styling. Most of Porsche’s changes over the standard 992 911 are performance driven – the front splitter and wider side skirts should help with aerodynamic stability, while the car’s standard bonnet will be swapped for a lighter carbon fibre unit.
Thanks to the use of carbon fibre panels and the clever application of lighter mechanical components from the previous-generation GT3 (such as the gearbox), the new car’s kerb weight is expected to remain the same at around 1,400kg. The standard car’s rear window glass will also be swapped for a polycarbonate panel.
This is an impressive feat, especially given that the 992-generation 911 GT3 is physically larger than its predecessor, and it will be the first model to feature a more complicated double wishbone suspension setup.
Normally, the 911 uses compact single-arm MacPherson struts, but the Porsche’s engineers have managed to squeeze a bulkier twin-arm system into the same space, which should allow them to more finely tune the GT3’s handling. The chassis updates will be rounded off with larger disc brakes, wider rear tyres and updated dampers.