WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Porsche 991 GT3 RS spied without camouflage
The new Porsche 991 GT3 RS has been spotted for the first time since its Nordschleife outing in August as Total 911’s spies shot the car cold weather testing today in Northern Sweden.
Four Porsche 991 GT3 RSs were caught plowing through the snow as Zuffenhausen readies itself for the new Rennsport’s release in the New Year, rumoured to be around the time of the Geneva Motor Show in March.
This is the first time the 991 GT3 RS has been seen in the metal without any form of prototype camouflage tape. The double-bubble roof, the indent of which is matched on the bonnet, is clearly visible.
It is among a number of prominent aerodynamic devices on the latest Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Above the front wheel arches, some aggressive exit vents will no doubt aid front downforce by creating a low pressure zone.
At the rear, the aesthetics are dominated by the huge, GT3 Cup-style rear wing, while the rear bumper also features two extra exits compared to the standard Porsche 991 GT3.
Despite a number of rumours during its time in utero, recent testing videos appear to confirm that the new Porsche 991 GT3 RS will not be turbocharged and will retain the normal GT3’s compulsory PDK gearbox.
However, there is still speculation surrounding the precise specification of the Porsche 991 GT3 RS’s flat six powerplant, with some rumours suggesting a return to the 4.0-litre Mezger engine, tuned to produce 520hp.
This seems unlikely to Total 911 given Porsche’s move towards the 9A1-based DFI unit in the current 991 GT3 and the 997 GT3 RS 4.0’s supposed place as the last bastion of the famed Mezger flat six.
Sources close to Porsche have suggested that the new Porsche 991 GT3 RS will mark a the Rennsport’s return to truly limited numbers, with the UK likely to see just 38 cars in 2015 after the car’s launch next March.