Report: Porsche 911 GT3 RS Due Early 2014, No Manual Transmission

No manual trans, up to 500 hp.

Just weeks after the new 911 GT3 made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, Porsche performance cars chief Andreas Preuninger is ready to talk about the new GT3 RS model. Preuninger told Car Magazine that the next RS will debut in early 2014, fitting the company’s plan to launch it, “three-quarters of a year behind the GT3.”

Expect the 911 GT3 RS to use the same 3.8-liter flat-six engine as the standard 911 GT3 (pictured), but with a smidge more performance. Car suggests it may produce as much as 500 hp, because Preuninger admits that the current GT3 engine already makes close to 493 hp despite being rated for 469 hp.

Just like the new GT3, the RS also will be offered only with a PDK dual-clutch transmission. Offering a manual would reportedly add a significant amount of extra development work. Plus, Preuninger promises the PDK will offer shift times below the 100 millisecond promised for the standard GT3.

The new RS will reportedly be more hardcore than its predecessor, because Preuninger says the GT3 is a more “usable” street car. That means Porsche can distance the two models, in terms of performance and temperament, more easily. Expect a tall rear wing that is even bigger than that of the new GT3, as well as front “dive plane” aerodynamic aids inspired by those on the outgoing, limited-run 911 GT3 RS 4.0.

The Porsche 911 GT3 RS could reportedly drop some weight by using a titanium, rather than steel, exhaust system. Carbon fiber body parts are possible for further weight loss, but Car reports that could push the RS’s price tag above the equivalent of $181,000. A lightweight lithium-ion battery, used in the last 911 GT3 RS, isn’t possible at this time because the new car’s rear-wheel-steering function requires too much electrical power. Porsche is working on developing a tougher lightweight battery that could be ready in time for the car’s debut.

Look for the Porsche 911 GT3 RS to appear at a major auto show in early 2014.

Source: Car Magazine