New Porsche 911 GT3 RS will have a 4.0-litre, 500hp engine, no manual tranny

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Remember that hilarious moment when a die cast model of the yet-to-be-announced Porsche 991 GT3 RS mysteriously surfaced on the web, sending the Porsche PR machine into a tizzy? Now we know why; it was too accurate to the real thing.

The same people are probably having a flying fit right now, because someone has just leaked the specs of the 911 GT3 RS online. But we think they should actually be clinking glasses with the R&D department, because what we have here is a seriously mean machine, even by RS standards.

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Here are the basics: a 4.0 litre flat six with 500 horsepower and 460 Nm of torque. Putting it all down to the road is a seven-speed PDK transmission, transmitting power to the rear wheels. Manuals are for plebs.

The GT3 RS will also feature Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) system and an electronically-controlled rear differential lock with full variable torque split.

Cosmetically, the RS is 50mm wider at the front and 30mm at the back compared to the 911 GT3. The body is made from aluminum and steel composite while the rear lid, rear wing and full bucket seats are manufactured from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). Forged aluminum is used for the air intakes and wings; magnesium for the roof and polycarbonate for the rear and front side windows. Side air intakes identical to those from the existing Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S will be featured to provide the car’s engine with additional cooling.

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Stopping power is provided by six-piston front & four-piston rear aluminum red brake calipers working with 380mm vented and cross-drilled compound brake discs featuring aluminum brake chambers.The whole shebang rides on 20-inch front & 21-inch rear forged alloys wrapped around in phat 265/35 ZR 20 and 325/30 ZR 21 front and rear rubbers, respectively.

Now that the digital ink has been spilt, Porsche could show off the 911 GT3 RS as early as next week at the Geneva Motor Show, although we reckon they will probably wait until September for the IAA to avoid stealing the Cayman GT4’s thunder at the former.

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Source: Jalopnik

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