The next Porsche 911 GT3 RS has been seen at the Nurburgring and there has even been a scale model of it seen as well. However, now there are even some pictures of it in its finished form.
The pictures are low quality which means that they are not official ones. It looks like they are there to patent the design elements of the car and these look quite different to existing versions of the car.
Images like this are usually sent to patent offices very early in planning stages but do not get published until after the car has been launched. It looks like smeone may have made a mistake with these, but it means that it is now possible to take a look at the car eary.
The pictures give away quite a bit of information about the Porsche 911 GT3 RS. They show that every panel is new and there is a double bubble roof which means that there is more head room for drivers who are wearing helmets. The front bonnet is new as well which has a dip in the middle which is even more extreme that the front panel of the regular 911 and there is a larger splitter.
The track is wider as well which means that the front wings bulge out more and this is emphasised by the gills above the front wheels which also help to reduce the pressure inside the wheel wells in the same was as the slatted air outlets did on older flat nosed style 935s and 911s. These have been disguised on every prototype that has been seen in testing.
The car comes in three sizes a regular Carrera, a C4 body and an RS which is the widest.
The rear wings look like they could be making room for a turbocharger so this could be GT2 turbocharged model. However, sound tracks which have been recorded when the GT3 RS have been testing show that it is high rev naturally aspirated engine not a muffled turbo flat six one.
The exhausts are twin and in the middle at the back the same as the 911 GT3 standard versions. There are rear wing intakes on the RSR racer and it looks like this model will also have them. It is also similar to the RSR with a high rise wing and small ducktail underneath.
It is likely that the power could go beyond the 469bhp of the GT3 but even with a lot of tweaking it will not match the Turbo S which is the most powerful in the range at 552bhp. It is expected that it might get near to 500bhp though and the reduced weight will mean that it will be good with regards to performance compared to other similar cats and the race style aerodynamics will certainly help with this as well.
There will not be a manual version of this car because the high performance demands that it has a seven speed paddle shift gear box.
There will be weight reductions in many areas. There will be a lithium battery, titanium exhaust and four wheel steering system as well.
The head of GT production cars ay Porsche, Andreas Preunginger explained that the new GT3 has increased usability which means that it more extreme. There will be more differences between the two models with the RS being quite different and this will continue in the future.
There has been no official information with regards to the price of the new car or when it will be released and so it is all down to guess work at the moment. The old 997 GT3 RS was 20% more expensive that the GT3 and so if this maths is done based on the prce of the current GT3 then it could be around £120,000 for the RS version. Of course it could be calculated in a different wat altogether.
The leak of these pictures could lead people to believe that a launch is imminent. However, it is thought that it will be a 2015 car and so fans may have a while to wait until they see this exciting car on the forecourts near them.