It happened during the LA protests.
Following the death of George Floyd while in the custody of police officers, protests have emerged across the United States to oppose police brutality. While many of these protests have been 100 percent peaceful, some individuals have taken the opportunity to riot and loot. We've already reported on looters who targeted a Fiat Chrysler dealership, stealing several high-performance vehicles including a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Separate rioters also broke into a Mercedes-Benz dealership and set an AMG GT on fire.
Now, another instance of automotive-related vandalism has occurred in Los Angeles, California. Photos on Instagram and videos on YouTube show the aftermath of violence as a Porsche 911 GT3 RS was completely destroyed. As a content warning, there is inappropriate language in the video.
The video shows a combination of peaceful protests, police intervention, and the looting of stores. While we do not get to see what caused rioters to target the Porsche 911, we did see the images of what it looked like following the attack. The car looks to be completely totaled with dents, a caved-in roof, broken windows, graffiti, and fire damage.
No keys were found in the car but it does look like the car was parked awkwardly in the middle of the street, so perhaps it was stolen and taken on a joyride. This was not a brand-new 911, but rather a 997.1 generation car which was powered by a 3.6-liter flat-six producing 415 horsepower.
Perhaps when the owner's insurance payout arrives, he'll be able to buy a new 992-generation GT3 RS, which has already been spied in final testing at the Nurburgring. The new version is expected to utilize an upgraded iteration of the current GT3's 4.0-liter flat-six engine, retaining natural aspiration, but likely to surpass the current 500 horsepower and 339 lb-ft it produces. Rumors suggest 550 hp, which will be handled to the rear tires via either a six-speed manual gearbox in Touring specification or a dual-clutch PDK automatic. Expect the 911 GT3 to be unveiled later this year, with the subsequent GT3 RS debuting shortly thereafter.