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Top 3 Things to Look Forward to in the New Porsche 911 GT3 RS

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The prototype for the Porsche 911 GT3 RS was spotted cruising the roads of Germany in a series of spy shots.

After unveiling the new Porsche 911 GT3 at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, we are in for another treat again from the German automaker. Latest spy shots reveal that a Porsche 911 GT3 RS is in the works.

What have we learned so far and what can we expect from the upcoming sports car? Here are the top three things to look forward to when it comes out in the market:

1. Design Changes

From the looks of it, the next 911 GT3 RS is just a cosmetically enhanced version of the 911 GT3. The car has wider fenders with new air intakes at the rear part, revised front bumper, updated headlamps and added vents on the hood.

The interior of the 911 GT3 RS might see subtle upgrades compared to the standard 911 GT3. It’s hard to tell for now basing from the angle the spy pictures were taken. It should get new sporty leather trims as well as new pedals and steering wheel.

2. Engine Boost

The major change should come from the sports car’s power unit. Currently, the 911 GT3 is packing 500 hp. The 911 GT3 RS is expected to get an extra 20 hp to 40 hp in its flat-six engine compared to its standard version. The power of the car will probably be complemented with a manual transmission gearbox to attain optimum performance.

3. Arrival

Looking at the spy images, the prototype is almost in its final stage of development. Therefore, the possible debut of the vehicle is in September of this year. The likely venue for its world premiere is at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, since that is the major auto show coinciding with that period.

Photos

Check out the recent spy shots of the upcoming Porsche 911 GT3 RS while it was being tested in Germany in the gallery below:

2017 Acura NSX GT3 Race Car Shows Up At NY Auto Show

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It was safe to assume we’ve seen the last of the Acura NSX because it has just went on sale last month with the launch of its online configuration. But then, it just showed up at the New York Auto Show with a GT3 variant of the Acura NSX. There was an announcement too that Acura plans to turn this model into a GIA GT3 race car this fall based on a report.

In terms of overall design, there is almost no difference between the NSX and the NSX GT3, except for the latter’s new hood that sports a larger vent for cooling down the engine. The fascias, headlights and front grille are also the same. What’s new is the larger front spoiler that extends several inches away from the fascia, giving the NSX GT3 a more truck-like appearance.

On the sides, the GT3 is more toned down than the NSX. The mirror arm sits almost vertical and the mirror housing is smaller. The aggressive body line we’ve seen on the NSX is no more. Instead, it has been toned down to fit the smoother side skirts that transition into the rear wheel arches and the rear quarter panels. This was probably done to assist in air distribution.

To make it lightweight, the GT3 was wrapped with a lightweight, aluminum-intensive space frame. The main color is white, though there are black accents around the grille and the fascia’s flics, hood vent and rear air intakes.

There is not much information yet about the drivetrain, though we have a thinking that the GT3 will be powered by a 3.5-liter, 75-degree, twin turbo DOHC V-6 that has the same engine specs as the road-going NSX. The engine block, cylinder heads, valvetrain, crankshaft and pistons will be similar as well.

The current road-going NSX can produce 573 horsepower and 476 pound-feet of torque. The GT3 will most likely upgrade these figures.

We can base the GT3’s future pricing to the Porsche 911 GT3 R, which has a current price tag of $479,216.

Spy Shots Of 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 Leaked

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Everyone thought that Porsche was testing a more extreme version of the latest 911 GT3 when spy photos of a new prototype resembling the car came out. However, the company clarified that it’s an early tease for the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2.

Andreas Preuninger, 911’s chief engineer, confirmed through a report that the 911 GT2 will be part of the 991-series 911 family. The company, in fact, already has mules out on the streets for the next generation car.

At the front, this car would most likely have a larger intake than those on the GT3 RS while at the rear, the hidden vents are on either side of the bumper, typically indicating a turbocharged engine. These cannot be found on the GT3 RS.

We can expect the GT2 to have the same engine as the 911 Turbo, albeit with more power. If it will have the latest Turbo S, which can now deliver 580 horsepower from the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six, then the GT2 could crank up to 620 hp.

The release of a GT2 would be late, in all honestly, so some are even expecting Porsche to just skip ahead to the GT2 RS. If the brand does this, it should be ready to power the GT2 RS with a capacity of 660 hp. The previous GT2 RS already had 620 hp, remember.

All of this power can be found on the rear wheels, and via a most likely seven-speed manual clutch transmission. Since the 911 models have four-wheel steering system, the GT2 will probably also come packed with this feature.

There were talks that the GT2 would officially come to the end of its production, especially because the Turbo models are offering better performance than previous GT2s. The rear-wheel-drive layout of the GT2 can also be a challenge for some people, but aren’t we glad Porsche didn’t give in to the temptation.

The GT2 will be released in 2018.

2017 Porsche 911 R Is The 911 GT3 We’ve All Been Waiting For

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Porsche’s 911 GT3 was welcomed with a lukewarm response despite having one of the best automatic transmission ever built mainly because Porsche purists are looking for a track-ready Porsche 911 with a manual gearbox.

Although the Porsche 911 GT3 shifts amazingly quick and was tuned to deliver fast lap times around the race track, there was still nothing better than a car with three pedals and a stick. Thankfully, the new Porsche 911 R is making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show today.

New images have already been leaked of this manual transmission 911 R, but there’s also another that set this thing apart from the 911 GT3—the 911 R has no rear wing.

In terms of exterior, these two exteriors are identical to each other except for the fact that the Porsche 911 R has no rear wing. But overall, they have the same bumpers, rear fenders, wheels, side skirts and mirrors.

The only thing that sets the 911 R apart is the engine lid, which has a conventional grille and retractable spoiler taken from the Porsche Carrera models. It also has a redesigned front spoiler lip and rear underbody diffuser.

Inside, the 911 R features a sporty interior with few comfort features just like the standard 911. Some other interior elements are bucket seats, Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, and lightweight door panels.

For the 911 R, Porsche used the larger, 4.0-liter in the GT3 RS. The output is similar to the RS with 500 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. The biggest change, of course, is that the 911 R shifted to a manual gearbox with no option for an automatic transmission.

The Porsche 911 R is made for race track purists, but the manual transmission came with disadvantages, too. The 0-60 mph is achieved in 3.7 seconds. This falls behind the GT3 and GT3 RS, which can complete it in 3.3 and 3.1 seconds, respectively.

The Porsche 911 R will probably sell for $120,000. Only 600 units will be produced.

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