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What Is Porsche Testing In This 911 GT3 RS Mule?

Mysterious testing at Nurburgring generates major curiosity.

Withthe new Porsche 911 GT3 RS already launched, sold out and on its way to bedelivered to its first customers, spectators at Germany's Nurburgring trackwere surprised to witness a test mule of the same model running some unusualtesting there the other day. While some guesses point to Porsche ironing outsome final issues such as calibration prior to customer delivery, othersassumed that a software upgrade of sorts had taken place, and the company wasout to double-check them out before customers have to do it themselves.

Butbeing such a high profile car, the 911 GT3 RS, with its 4.0-liter naturallyaspirated six cylinder engine, 493 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque, wouldobviously not be able to get away with low profile testing on Germany's mostpopular track. However, with acceleration times of 0-62 mph in 3.3, the abilityto break through 124 mph in just 10.9 seconds and a top speed of 193 mph, we'relucky that these pictures were snapped just in time to open the door from someinteresting conspiracy theories. So, is Porsche just putting the finishingtouches on its most exciting model of the year, or should awaiting customers bebiting their nails in anticipation? Photos courtesy of Bridge To Gangry/Dale Lomas.

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