Porsche’s next-generation 911 GT3 has been spotted with little-to-no camouflage on the Nürburgring ahead of its reveal later this year. It will be the first derivative based on the 992-generation 911 from Porsche’s GT division, and carries very high expectations on its wide shoulders.
Featuring a conspicuous lack of development cladding on the nose, the new GT3 doesn’t look to deviate from its motorsport-inspired lineage, with the front bumper dominated by a large double-skin intake feeding the front-mounted radiators. The vented bonnet is another reference to prior GT3 models, while also featuring the ridged indentations from the previous GT3 RS.
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The tail is where things get more difficult to determine, with a GT3-style top-mount wing being a more refined shape than seen on previous mules that have been spotted. It sits above a subtle ducktail that’s perforated on the underside with ventilation outlets, but lacks any major intakes on its top side to help the GT3 breathe. The lower bumper also still has considerable cladding attached, although a centrally mounted exhaust outlet and diffuser section are visible. Unlike (most) previous GT3s that utilised the wider Carrera 4 shell, the body is now shared with all standard Carreras, which in 992 designation is used by both rear- and all-wheel-drive variants.
Porsche has already given us a fuzzy glimpse at the new GT3 in a previously released promotional video, but aside from the bright blue paintwork and centre-lock wheel design, it’s difficult to pick out any further design details
The engine that will go on to power the GT3 is likely to be a naturally aspirated flat-six with connections to the 4-litre unit that was utilised on its 991.2-generation predecessor. Power will of course be sent to the rear wheels. However, there is some controversy as to whether Porsche will offer both a six-speed manual and dual-clutch transmission from launch, or offer the manual later in the model’s life cycle.
We expect the 992 GT3 to also spawn a Touring derivative, which proved extremely popular on the previous 991.2, while the RS will likely follow a year or two down the road
Elsewhere, there’s a more subtle spoiler that flicks up from the body just above the rear light bar, while ahead of that are two large intakes to satisfy the six-pot’s appetite for air.
Any new 911 GT3 is always a highly sought-after model in the 911 range, but with evo’s luke-warm reception to the Carrera and Turbo models, the GT3’s success has never been more pertinent. Andreas Preuninger’s GT division has an extremely good track record in this respect though, so it’s an exciting prospect to see what he and his team have delivered.