2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Leaked Ahead of Unveiling

As a preview of the newest Porsche 911 to take the wheel, the new GT3 RS, which is the most powerful version to date of the current 911, has surfaced online ahead of its official unveiling on Thursday.

This week, Porsche made its first appearance in patent images for its 2023 911 GT3 RS, ahead of the full reveal of this vehicle on 18 August 2022 at 1:00am AEST.

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This is the hottest 911 yet, and one of the pictures posted on social media this week shows the latest iteration of Porsche’s latest generation, which boasts a racing-inspired hard-core look with a tall rear wing, wider quarter-panels, and aggressive wheel arch cooling vents.

One of the key differences between the 911 GT3 RS and the ‘standard’ 911 GT3 is the enlarged air vents in the front decklid (the bonnet), the GT3 RS’ signature brake cooling vents on the roof, and the wider wheel arches which carry new-design center-locking alloy wheels.

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Its signature feature is a new rear wing designed to resemble a ‘swan neck’ and appears to have been plucked directly from a race car -and is one of the largest winglets found on any road car today, which if photos are to be believed, can be adjusted according to the track conditions on offer.

A rumour has it that the new car will feature active aerodynamics, which would enable a deployable flap that lifts up in order to reduce drag at high speeds, akin to that found on Formula One cars, called a Drag Reduction System (DRS).

A major omission of the GT3 RS is that the pop-out handles of the other 992 variants have been replaced by traditional mechanical ones – likely to reduce weight, and the vents and black fins behind each wheel are more aggressive than anything else ever seen on a production 911.

Other features worth mentioning are a carbon fibre roof, a massive front air intake and a rear diffuser, as well as the centre-mounted dual exhaust tips shared with the non-RS 911 GT3 model.

There’s also a red and white color scheme (with red wheels) on the car which was inspired by the original ‘996.2’ 911 GT3 RS of 2003, as well as the later ‘997.2’ 911 GT3 RS (3.8-litre) of 2010.

It comes with a few more features, over the ‘standard’ 911 GT3, such as red door handles in place of mechanical handles, a yellow marker at 12 o’clock on the steering wheel, and a GT3 RS-specific instrument cluster and infotainment screen graphic on the dashboard.

The car comes with four rotary dials on its steering wheel rather than the usual one, which allows the driver to control the car’s performance and handling systems manually using the dials.

In the leaked photo of the car, the resolution makes it difficult to identify the functions of these dials, but it appears the red-accented switch controls the adaptive suspension, the blue-accented dial controls the torque vectoring system, and the white-accented dial controls the overall drive mode (the yellow dial is unknown to me).

The new GT3 RS is rumored to use a version of the latest GT3’s 4.0-liter naturally-aspirated flat-six engine – though if comment from BMW executives is anything to go by, this seems to suggest a reduction of 7kW on the regular GT3, pushing out 368kW (versus 375kW).

The new Porsche GT3 RS is even better optimized for track use than its predecessors, according to Porsche. In the words of Andreas Preuninger, director of Porsche GT cars, “With its spontaneously responsive, high-revving four-litre, six-cylinder boxer engine, which has approximately 500 PS [368kW, compared to the standard GT3’s 375kW], the engine has proven to be extremely suitable for trackdays and club sports events.

“The 911 GT3 RS is designed to satisfy Aerodynamic & Chassis demands, which is why we have emphasized aerodynamics and chassis questions most heavily in the development process.” Preuninger said in a media statement, hinting that the RS’ engine will not be modified from the GT3.

As previously reported, the GT3 RS was rumoured to have be able to develop approximately 390kW – roughly 7kW more power than its predecessor – due to the fact that the GT3 below it had received a similar boost for its latest generation as well.

A dual-clutch automatic transmission will be used to transmit power to the rear wheels of the GT3, rather than the six-speed manual transmission available on the GT3, which would be an advantage given the racetrack focus of RS-branded Porsches, and RS-branded models are favoring faster auto transmissions for driving on racetracks.

Porsche is set to release a full specification for the upcoming 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS in Australia sometime between 2020 and 2023, according to Porsche’s press release. It is expected to go on sale in Australia in 2020.

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