First Look: 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

First Look: 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

Between the 911 Turbo and 911 GT3 RS, Porsche is bringing plenty of new hardware to the 2009 Frankfurt motor show, but the track rats will likely flock to this: the new 2010 911 GT3 Cup.

Built upon the revised 911 GT3 RS, the GT3 Cup shares a number of changes with its road-going sibling. The wild new bodywork carries over (albeit the Cup-specific rear wing is 9 inches wider), and so does the 450-hp, 3.8-liter flat-six (30 hp more than last year) and six-speed manual transmission. Drivers will likely appreciate a larger cabin air intake, revised controls, and a steering wheel that now adjusts vertically. Lighting buffs will notice the LED running lights on the front bumper -- just like road-going 911s.

Racers will appreciate suspension changes that allow the GT3 Cup to be tuned more than before thanks to additional balljoints in the front suspension and adjustable anti-roll bars front and rear. This should make setting the GT3 Cup up for your individual track much easier. There's also more downforce at the rear thanks to the large wing.

Porsche expects the new 911 GT3 cup to be available later this year. Although U.S. pricing hasn't been announced, the race-ready 911 is expected to sticker at approximately $215,000 in Europe.

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