Porsche has officially taken the wraps off its new GT3 contender, the 911 GT3 R, which is on track to make its race debut at next year’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.
There’s little doubt that the new 911 GT3 RS is a seriously fast car. That much should be confirmed when road tests begin surfacing in the coming weeks, but until then, German journalist Christian Gebhardt and Sport Auto have released this teaser of the GT3 RS being put through it’s paces at the Hockenheim circuit.
The 4.0-liter flat-six sounds absolutely fantastic. We get our first ear-full while it’s bouncing off the rev limiter in launch control mode and then howling off into the distance while the traction control system finds purchase on the tarmac, leaving behind two Morse code-style black lines. After that, Gebhardt, cool as a cucumber in the cockpit, takes it out for some hot laps and then a top speed run where it’s taken up to 186 mph (300 km/h), just a few miles per hour shy of its top speed.
With an even 500 horsepower, a seven-speed PDK transmission and plenty of Porsche motorsport genetics, the GT3 RS could one of the best cars we see all year. We should be learning a lot more about it very soon.