The next-gen Porsche 911 is well on its way to our shores, and the German automaker has been spotted testing higher-performance versions of its benchmark sports car. Auto Express has snapped the first shots of the track-focused 911 GT3 (not shown above), and from the looks of it, the car will likely offer the same race-ready performance of past GT3 models.
What gives this test mule away as a 911 GT3 is the massive fixed rear wing and center-mounted dual-tip exhaust. The front valance features a chin spoiler, and is slightly more aggressive-looking than the standard model, and also similar to the test mule of the Turbo model we spied a few months back. Auto Express says Porsche’s mission with the GT3 was to shed weight and increase power. Compared to the standard 911, the GT3 is expected to be around 88 lbs lighter, courtesy of lightweight wheels and body panels, and a partially-gutted interior. Power from its 3.8-liter flat-six engine is expected to be boosted to around 450 hp, up 50 hp from the Carrera S. The GT3 could be offered exclusively with a six-speed manual, as reports suggest a PDK transmission will not be available.
According to Auto Express, the 911 GT3 will go on sale in the UK in early 2013, with a price tag just south of $155K. If that’s the case, we’ll likely see a rollout in the U.S. around the same time. Though we recently said the 991-generation Carrera S was possibly the best Porsche ever, we can’t wait to see what this track-ready GT3 version can do.
Head on over to Auto Express to see their gallery of spy shots.
Source: Auto Express