Following the good old tradition of Porsche, all eyes were on the alert for the new GT3 RS. As you already know, the high-performance 911 GT3 model has been around for quite some time and was always followed by a track-focused version with the RS (RennSport or racing sport) badge. Why would things be any different now?
The truth is that Porsche is still not abandoning its internal combustion engines, fortifying itself with the last 911 GT3 among all hybrids and electric vehicles. Although we expected German auto giant will go nearly all-electric by 2030the brand is clearly enjoying the time it has left with traditional design and production.
Since the “standard” (if anything can be called standard) 911 GT3 recently hit the public, we started to expect the mighty RS. But we really didn’t expect it to come out so soon. The all-new Porsche 911 GT3 RS has already been spotted testing on the Nürburgring and surrounding roads without any camouflage.
Surprisingly but also fortunately, we got a solid preview of the expected 911 GT3 RS and can now tell you more about it.
The 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS will likely be the most hardcore variant yet
Given that the Porsche 911 GT3 RS was spotted during testing but has no official confirmation of its specifications, be prepared for a range of speculation. Alright, joking aside, we may not have a whole lot of information about the new GT3 RS, but we do know enough about its predecessors and Porsche itself to give us an idea.
So we have reason to suspect that the new GT3 RS will feature a naturally aspirated 4-litre flat-six engine. Since the latest Porsche 911 GT3 produces around 502 horsepower and 346 lb-ft of torque, and the latest RS boasts 520 horsepower, their successor should exceed that limit at least a little. Rumor has it that the car will also be capable of revving at an impressive 9,500 rpm.
On the other hand, some suspect that the powertrain of the next Porsche 911 GT3 RS will be all new. It also seems a legit option, given that the test flashed a dual down-facing exhaust.
Either way, both scenarios sound appealing and we have every reason to believe the new RS will be more powerful than ever. Although it retains the same powertrain as the previous RS, it will likely be faster and more capable thanks to improved aerodynamics.
The 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS gets some serious aero work
Now onto the funniest part of this review – the design of the upcoming Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Have you seen anything like this lately? No, we’re not just talking about that massive gooseneck rear wing that catches the eye more than any other part of this sports car. We’ll come to that in a second.
Overall, the upcoming Porsche 911 GT3 RS appears to have received more than a few advanced and aggressive parts for improved aerodynamics. A pair of vertical fins on both sides of the bumper and front fender vents are hard to miss. There is also an additional aero port behind the front wheel and an air scoop in the rear fenders. How amazing is that?
As for that already widely publicized rear wing, the engineers made it complementary to the car’s other aerodynamically-focused parts. You can even relocate it for increased efficiency, meaning the new GT3 RS will adapt to circumstances on the road to deliver the best possible performance.
According to the released spy video, the new GT3 RS takes the road and the corners extensively, so a weight loss has probably been included alongside the aerodynamic parts. But as with other things about this car, we’ll have to wait for the details.
We expect the new 911 GT3 RS (massive rear wing included) to arrive in 2023
We gathered most of the information presented today from the video recorded by YouTube channel Car Spy Media, which went viral with over 300,000 views in less than a month. Considering that the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS was released without any coatings, we expect the brand to present it to the public soon. As for the full-throttle debut, we can’t be sure.
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS spotted in testing looked completely production-ready, from the powerful-sounding engine to the massive rear wing. But who knows? Maybe Porsche will run a few more performance updates after these tests and make some design changes just to surprise us.
Modified or not, we think the Porsche 911 GT3 RS will be a star of the show at every launch. Given that camo-free testing has taken place earlier than expected, we reasonably suspect that the last RS will arrive in 2023. In the meantime, we’ll keep you posted on all the news about this exciting race-ready sports car.