We've spied the new Porsche 911 GT3 getting a workout at the Nurburgring.
Now that the new 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo has arrived, the countdown for the new high-performance Porsche 911 GT3 to break cover has started. Just this week, we got our best look yet at the new Porsche 911 GT3 Touring aimed at purists. Unsurprisingly, Porsche was also testing its full-fat GT3 sibling, which has been caught being put through its paces at the Nurburgring ahead of its official debut. Compared to previous prototypes, this one has dropped more camouflage, giving us a better look at the new GT3's sporty design.
At the front, the new front bumper is now fully on display, as is the GT3's new hood vents. Earlier prototypes had a single vent in the bumper, but now the lower part of the hood features two vents.
Moving to the rear, the GT3's central mounted exhaust pipes are flanked by a large diffuser. Center-locked wheels and massive brakes also indicate we're looking at a prototype of the new 911 GT3. In contrast to the Touring model spied this week, the 911 GT3 prototype has been fitted with an enormous rear wing with a swan-neck-style mounting, as well as a ducktail spoiler.
The new 911 GT3 is expected to use a revised version of Porsche's naturally-aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six. In the current 911 GT3, this setup generates 500 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque, so we're expecting the output to increase to around 550 hp in the next-generation GT3.
While the Touring version will only be offered with a purist-pleasing six-speed manual transmission, the new 911 GT3 will also be available with a PDK dual-clutch automatic. With emissions regulations getting stricter, this could be the last GT3 generation that uses a naturally aspirated engine.
An official debut date hasn't been confirmed yet, but the new Porsche 911 GT3 is expected to debut later this year unless, of course, the coronavirus delays Porsche's plans. After the 911 GT3 arrives, we can also look forward to a new version of the hardcore GT3 RS.