This video appeared 30 August, depicting the black test mule GT3 we have all 'seen' previously but with sound this time. And the signature of the sound is the shifts of the PDK transmission!
The very latest 'will they or won't they' rumours regarding the availability of the PDK transmission on the 991 GT3 are now leaning towards PDK only on the 'base' model, and PDK or manual at extra cost on the RS version due 2014. A way to keep the progressives and the purists happy methinks. See the paddle shifters on the spy shot below.
Courtesy of 'Auto Guide' we have the best images yet of the 991 GT3. No real surprises with the bodywork but the shape of the re-profiled fixed rear wing is clearer.
Follow the link to a very interesting collection of GT3 rumours over at autoguide.com. Lots of contradictions, some of the usual info but with one interesting exception. A rather significant move of engine positioning to give the new GT3 a more mid-engine feel for improved balance.
The first spy shots I have seen of the 991 GT3 have surfaced at a German site 'Auto Motor und Sport'. Check this out for some (grainy) images and an opportunity to test your German language skills. And over at WorldCarFans.com they have some limited info on the specs of the new GT3, including a potential release date of 2013. It also 'confirms' that the wingless 991 you see at the Auto Sport & Motor site is a test mule for the new GT3 mechanicals.
Spy shot 991 GT3 - Source 'Auto Motor und Sport'
There is an interesting discussion over at the 'TeamSpeed' forum on customer expectations for the 991 GT3, including yet another rendering of a possible rear view of the new street-legal racer. Enjoy!
At 'Top Speed' they have had a stab at possible 991 GT3 features and an artists impression of what the new car may look like (below). All interesting speculation.
Looks like the 600 unit limited production of the GT3 4.0 has one slightly second hand example following a road accident outside Nurburgring involving another Porsche and a Chevrolet. See the report at Motor Authority for details and a very sad picture of the 4.0.
Another breathless review of the 997 GT3 RS 4.0, this time from Winding Road magazine. Do check out the accompanying video to the article, especially the sound of the 4.0 accelerating at about 2.41 into the video. Awesome sound! As great as this car seems to be, even by epic GT3 standards, it just makes you wonder what the 991 series GT3 will be like. Particularly so given the very positive reviews of the 991 Carrera S so far. I, for one, can't wait!
Anybody want a 4.0 litre 997-2 GT3RS??? How much do kidneys sell for these days?? Love those front 'dive' aero plates. And the engine, and the rear wing, and the rest quite frankly. Details from the official Porsche GT3 'microsite' here.
It is well worth taking time to read about this stunning advance in hybrid technology.
Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
New customer sport top model for 2012 race season
Stuttgart. The new Porsche 911 GT3 RSR is ready to race. The top model of Porsche Motorsport's customer racing vehicles will head into the 2012 season with extensive modifications. Particularly striking at first glance are the changes to the body: the width of the new GT3 RSR has grown by 48 millimetres. Built to conform to the A.C.O. "LM" GTE regulations, the 911 represents the crowning pinnacle of a range of successful customer sport race cars that are based on the 997 type 911 GT3 RS street sports car.
Powering the new 911 GT3 RSR is a particularly efficient six-cylinder boxer engine with a four-litre capacity. With a mandatory air-restrictor, it generates 460 hp (338 kW) and drives the 310 millimetre wide rear wheels. The diameter of the front wheels has increased by 30 mm to now measure 680 millimetres. The Porsche sequential six-speed gearbox is operated via paddle shifts on the steering wheel.
The nose and rear panels are adapted to the flared front and rear wheel arches, as are the door sill and the wheel arch coverings. The aerodynamic concept is complemented by a new ducting of the intake air. Openings in the rear side sections, as known from the turbo variants of the Porsche 911, replace the air scoop on the engine hood, which is very similar to the 911 GT2 RS street sports car.
The new 911 GT3 RSR can be raced at the Le Mans 24 Hours, the FIA World Endurance Championship, the Le Mans Series, the American Le Mans Series as well as the International GT Open and in other series and races.
"Our customer teams can expect a technically mature, high performance race car with which they will be highly competitive at international long distance races," assures Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport. "Our test programme on various international race tracks is currently running at full speed. We are very pleased with the car's performance and driveability."
The new Porsche 911 GT3 RSR will be delivered to customer squads around the world from January 2012. The selling price is 498,000 Euro plus value added tax of the respective countries.
Photo courtesy Porsche AG - 2011
Full details courtesy of Autoblog here.
I love this picture, especially for the 'RS 3.8' door sill logo script. Awesome!
Thanks to Porsche Excellence magazine for this outstanding article on two 997 GT3's. And don't forget to click on the photos for some excellent hi-res lens work.
Here is one web video review (in two parts) that would satisfy any Porsche-o-phile or tifosi.
Great credit to Chris Harris who I believe is one of the great motoring journalists, who can drive, speak / write well and is therefore able to share a considered and well balanced opinion of what he gets his derriere into. GT Purely Porsche's loss was EVO's gain.
And this video/story involving an RS we love even more!
Check out the Porsche AG press release here.
We all participated in a Porsche Regularity event at Mount Panorama, Bathurst, with Chris and I in our 996 Mk1 GT3s, and Linley in his track-prepped Boxster S.
For some more information on the event, I have a blog entry here, and more interesting are Chris' video/data feeds from his onboard Video V-Box. This one details his quick lap around this fantastic circuit.
Porsche sent out a couple of 'Museum' vehicles to participate in the event, one being a RHD GT1. Chris was very pleased to overtake it! Here is the evidence!
(Data courtesy Porsche Cars Australia)
Here is the latest and greatest so hop on over to autoblog to read more.
(Reproduced courtesy of 'Porsche Parade', Porsche Club of Victoria, Spring 2009)
It will be interesting to see his lap times versus the full-house GT3-R/RSR spec race cars. Go hard Walter!
I think he could have been a little more even handed regarding the dual character of the GT3, for track AND road use. He seemed mildly dismissive of the latter.
996Mk1 GT3 selected as the 3rd greatest Drivers car of all time beating 997 GT3RS at No. 10 and (special note for Chris) Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale at No. 18!
DO NOT SELL YOUR Mk 1!
No. 2 is Lotus 340 R and No. 1 Pagani Zonda F. Another finalist was the Ferrari F50 at No. 7. Also I am pleased with the 911 (993) Turbo listed at No. 46 (a bit low I reckon) and the hairdressers amongst us will be pleased that the Boxster S rated No. 52.