Now we know what the Porsche 991.2 GT3 will look like

Launched today at the Paris Motor Show, the new 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car doesn’t just give us a preview of next season’s Supercup racer, it provides a sneak peak at the styling of the 991.2 GT3, expected to be released early next year.

Okay, so the huge 184cm composite rear wing sat atop lightweight aluminium supports is unlikely to make the production road car, nor the enlarged safety hatch in the roof but the new GT3 Cup car does give us our best idea yet of what the 991.2 GT3 will look like (minus the gaudy motorsport graphics).

Compared to the first generation 991 GT3, the greatest aesthetic revision on the 991.2 model will come at the front where the front bumper has been restyled. The stanchions between the outer oil cooler vents and the central radiator duct now angle outward at their base.

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The supplementary vents either side of the centre aperture are now slightly shorter and more subtly integrated while the front valance now sports svelte LED driving lights inset into a black plastic surround that provides a ducted edge to the outer vents.

Around the back, the styling changes are harder to notice with the rear apron now featuring mesh panels either side of the twin central exhaust system. A more obvious revision is the switch to the 991.2 generation’s ‘3D-style’ brake lights.

While its harder to deduce any of the mechanical revisions to the 991.2 GT3 from the Supercup racer, the switch to a 4.0-litre DFI engine in the latter does appear to confirm the rumours that the next GT3 road car will come equipped with the GT3 RS’s enlarged 9A1 engine, potentially turning out the full 500hp.

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