The Porsche 911 GT3 RS Will Be Spectacular

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Here's what to expect.

The Porsche 911 GT3 was revealed earlier this year to rave reviews, but if you're the type of person who is obsessed with every last tenth of a second, you'll want your track toy to be a GT3 RS at the very least. We did some sleuthing and discovered that the new GT3 RS will have an active rear wing that can adjust its angle based on what the car is doing, and because it will retain a naturally aspirated flat-six engine, it's going to sound fantastic too. But what else can we look forward to? Well, let's start with the styling.

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Styling

Thanks to numerous spy shots, we know that the GT3 RS won't have a dramatically different front fascia. Instead, the hood is where the bulk of the changes are expected, with a new panel boasting large extraction vents. Obviously, the engine is at the back, so we suspect that these vents will service cooling systems like the radiators and oil coolers. Another fact that lends itself to this theory is that the new RS will not feature a Turbo-esque intake duct behind each of the doors, although we do expect some traditionalism to remain with fender vents in carbon fiber and an accent stripe across the lower section of the car's profile.

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Performance

RS models are always a little more eye-catching, so expect some special centerlock wheels and vibrant paint options. Under the hood, there'll be a tweaked version of the 911 GT3's 4.0-liter boxer-six that produces 502 horsepower and 346 lb-ft of torque (an incremental increase over the last GT3, by the way) and revs all the way to 9,000 rpm.

Typically, the GT3 RS is focused on improving handling, so expect little more than a 20-horsepower gain from the new RS. A sub-four-second 0-60 mph time will be easily achievable thanks to a PDK dual-clutch automatic. Will a manual be offered? It wasn't on the last version, and conflicting reports lean in both directions, so we'll have to wait to see if Porsche returns to offering the engaging gearbox or if the RS will be exclusively focused on quickness and speed.

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Interior

The interior should be just as special as the above performance features and others like carbon ceramic brakes will make stopping a regularly repeatable procedure, even after numerous laps of your favorite circuit. Model-specific tires will likely feature too, most probably from Michelin.

We don't have any spy shots of the cabin, so we can't tell you much, but inside, European buyers will have the option of a half cage, which American regulators currently deem unsafe. Past RS models have also featured things like a pit button to limit speed while entering the pit lane on a track, a battery disconnection switch, a fire extinguisher, and lightweight seats with harnesses.

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Pricing

As for pricing, we usually see an increase of around $40,000 over the GT3. Should the same trend continue, the new RS will knock on the door of $190,000 - sheesh! But with limited production and the kind of reputation that precedes itself on any track, you can bet that Porsche won't struggle to shift these. When is it being revealed? No clue, but development should be wrapping up soon. We'll report back once we learn more.

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