Listen to that flat-six sing.
The next-generation 911 GT3 is arriving soon, meaning Porsche is already well into the development process for the hardcore RS variant. After hearing the sound of the GT3's fabulous 4.0-liter flat-six engine on the Nurburgring, we imagined that the next GT3 RS would sound even better. And now we have our proof.
Having previously spotted the 992 generation Porsche 911 GT3 RS testing on the Green Hell, we now get the chance to but hear it in action. Just as we expected, the RennSport variant of the GT3 sounds like a race car that you can drive on the street.
Just like the standard GT3, we expect the GT3 RS to use a 4.0-liter naturally aspirated flat-six engine. Unlike the GT3, a dual-clutch PDK transmission will be the only option available, just like the previous 991 generation car. The last GT3 RS produced 520 horsepower from its flat-six engine, and this new model should produce anywhere from 530 to 580 hp. Porsche rarely makes massive leaps in power between generations, so we expect the final figure to be closer to the 530 to 540 hp range.
There is still plenty of camouflaging on this prototype, meaning a lot of what we see is subject to change. We can still make out the signature GT3 RS louvers on the front fenders and vents in the hood, though this new 992 model looks like it will ditch the air intakes positioned on the rear fenders. The GT3 RS has always used a massive rear wing, but this 992 model will take the aggressiveness to a whole new level with a gigantic, racing-inspired bi-plane rear wing. Based on Porsche's product cadence, we may see the GT3 RS sometime in late 2021 or early 2022.