The latest in a long line of epic track toys from Zuffenhausen is almost ready.
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS is one of the most hotly anticipated cars of the year, and we've seen plenty of development mules undergoing testing over the past few months, but the people in Stuttgart have been keeping us waiting for an answer on when to expect its unveiling. Thankfully, Porsche has finally answered that burning question: August 17.
Porsche has also told us that this new GT3 halo car has been inspired by the mid-engine 911 RSR and rear-engine 911 GT3 R GT racing cars. In addition, we have been given an indication of how much power to expect, thanks to Porsche's GT division boss, Andreas Preuninger.
"The new 911 GT3 RS is even more optimized for track use than its predecessors," explains the man with the best job in the world. "The spontaneously responsive, high-revving 4.0-liter, six-cylinder boxer engine with approximately 500 horsepower has proven ideal for use at track days and club sport events. That's why we focused primarily on aerodynamics and chassis questions in the development of the new 911 GT3 RS."
For reference, the last GT3 RS produced 520 hp, so we shouldn't expect much more than that, if not less. We're not complaining - the "regular" GT3 is exquisite despite offering similar power to its predecessor, and the RS version will be no different.
What can we expect? Under the skin, we're sure that Porsche will showcase some improvements in chassis and suspension design, and we know that the car will be offered with bespoke P Zero Trofeo RS rubber from Pirelli. We'll also see active aero with an F1-style rear wing, while the cabin will play host to a special steering wheel. Spy shots have shown that this wheel will feature multiple dials for various aspects of the drive experience, so we speculate that the new GT3 RS will allow you to tweak aero, suspension, throttle, and suspension settings on the fly. We can't wait.