Next-gen test mule spotted on public roads carrying more extreme rear wing and turbo-friendly front air intake
11 October 2018

The next-generation Porsche 911 GT3, due in 2020, has been spotted testing on public roads in near-production bodywork.

Previous test mules had greater amounts of camouflage, making this the first time the upcoming car's front end has been seen almost entirely undisguised - revealing an extra air intake between the headlights. This latest prototype also reveals the sizeable signature rear wing, and a similar rear LED light bar to the new 992-series 911 due to be shown at this year's Los Angeles motor show.

The next GT3 is expected to resign an illustrious line of race-bred naturally aspirated performance engines to the history books, according to sources close to the German car maker, who suggest it is due to adopt a twin-turbocharged powerplant.

The move, not yet officially confirmed by Porsche, would bring the 2020 911 GT3 and its more heavily focused 911 GT3 RS sibling into line with other models in the new 992-series 911 line-up, which are already confirmed to received updated versions of today’s turbocharged 3.0-litre and 3.8-litre units.

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The Stuttgart-based source, with direct links to Porsche Motorsport, contends plans are for the GT3 to adopt a heavily reworked version of the existing 911 Turbo’s twin-turbocharged, 3.8-litre horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine.

In the new 911 Turbo, due to be revealed during the latter half of next year, the revised engine is expected to kick out 572bhp, giving it the same output as the outgoing 911 Turbo S. However, suggestions are it could be tuned to deliver somewhere in the region of 513bhp for the new 911 GT3.

With the naturally aspirated 4.0-litre flat-six engine used by today’s 911 GT3 rated at 493bhp, the twin-turbocharged unit would undoubtedly have to the potential to not only lift the power output of its successor but also bring a wholesale increase in torque.

In today’s 911 Turbo, the twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre unit delivers 524lb ft between 2200rpm and 4000rpm, compared with the 339lb ft between 6000rpm and 9000rpm for the naturally aspirated 4.0-litre in the current 911 GT3.

As well as considering big changes to the 911 GT3, Porsche boss Oliver Blume has reportedly also provided a definitive green light to a new hybrid-powered 911 model within the new 992 series.

Details remain scarce, though the new petrol-electric-powered 911 is expected to feature the upcoming Carrera’s turbocharged 3.0-litre horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine in combination with a 94bhp electric motor for a combined output of around 478bhp. Energy for the electric motor is rumoured to come from a 11kWh lithium ion battery.

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31 August 2018

The march towards optimisation of easily measured metrics at the expense of joy continues apace.

31 August 2018
275not599 wrote:

The march towards optimisation of easily measured metrics at the expense of joy continues apace.

^^^This

1 September 2018
275not599 wrote:

The march towards optimisation of easily measured metrics at the expense of joy continues apace.

The march towards optimisation of easily measured metrcs at the expense of everthing else - the damage this phenomenon has done to *all* areas of life is incalculable.

31 August 2018

so what is the diff between GT2 and GT3?.......they are very close interm of character and engine??

31 August 2018

Turbo toddler = Cayman/Boxster

Turbo beginner = all carreras

Turbo light  = GT3

Turbo

Turbo S

Turbo heavy = GT2

Turbo superheavy = GT2RS

everything inside is the same, and the platform is shared with Audi, Lambo, soon with VW Arrr line no doubt. Same dog with different fleas

31 August 2018
RIP to that lovely NA sound. Shame, that mande those cars special, not anymore I guess.

31 August 2018

 There’s a Porsche for everyone, nearly all are good.

Peter Cavellini.

31 August 2018

With the GT2s always failing to hit the mark it's been clear for many years now that Porsche have an inability to make a track focussed car with a turbo engine have any panache and excitement and the same will be true for the next GT3 if it does have a turbo engine. May be it's time Porsche engineers and designers woke to the fact that they're not as good as they're made out to be and pay a visit to Ferrari or McLaren to see how it's done, as show brilliantly by the 675LT and 488 Pista. And these 2 cars are both firm's first turbo track focussed cars too.....while Porsche has tried for year after year. Also, the fact since Porsche introduced downsized turbo engines in the 718 and 911 which have all proved to be poor engines and ruined what were already average cars says it all really. Porsche cannot provide a good turbo engined car.

31 August 2018

Can Autocar confirm when the 992 launch will be?

In some editions you are saying it will be at the LA Motor Show, bu in this article you are saying Paris Motor Show.

Which is it?

31 August 2018

Porsche seem to be slashing each generation of 911's lifespan by a large amount compared to its predecessors. The original (Classic, 964, 993) was around for 34 years, the second one (996,997) was around for 14 years and the third (991) only around for 7 years if the 992 is being unveiled later this year. A reflection of how things move on quickly nowadays.

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