The all-new Porsche 911 (992) has already been spied without any camouflage, which means that by now, everybody should have a pretty clear picture of what it looks like. Unless you’re not a fan, that is.
Either way, we had yet to see a surefire next-gen 911 GT3 prototype, a model that will continue to be aimed at Porsche buyers who enjoy driving their 911 on the track, as much as they do on the street. So yes, the shoes this new model needs to fill are pretty big.
All the signs are there
Even though there isn’t a massive rear wing on this prototype, like you’d expect with a 911 GT3 model, the fact that it comes with wider wheel arches, centered wheel nuts and those centered double-exhaust tips pretty much tells the whole story.
If we were to guess, we’d say that the rear spoiler seen here is only temporary, as the car should receive its customary massive wing sometime later on in its development.
Overall, this is a very aggressive-looking 911, with a wide stance and a different front bumper than the one seen on previous 992 prototypes. Feel free to imagine it wearing a rear wing such as this one in order to get the full picture.
A no-nonsense, sporty interior
Aside from improved connectivity features and a better infotainment system, the next-gen GT3’s cabin should look to inspire its driver to take his or her talents to the track.
We expect lightweight bucket seats, Alcantara everywhere (including on the steering wheel), carbon fiber inserts and plenty of contrast stitching – just like you would get on the current model.
While some reports have suggested that the 992 GT3 could drop the naturally-aspirated 4.0-liter six-cylinder unit in favor of a turbocharged one, Porsche sources have denied the move stating that it will stick to a n.a. flat-six. Either way, we could see the new GT3 get as much as 550 PS (542 HP) as opposed to the 500 PS (493 HP) you get with today’s model. The same people also insist on the availability of a manual gearbox next to the automated PDK.
Unless Porsche decides to surprise us by sending the 992 GT3 into the world next year, odds are we’ll have to wait until 2020 for its official release.
*Article has been updated with the first photos of the 992 GT3 prototype taken at the Nürburgring