It’s been well over a year since Porsche introduced the 992 generation of the 911 GT3. And while the massive aero bits present on the rear-engined coupe mean we were expecting even more impressive airflow manipulation hardware for the upcoming 992 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, nothing can prepare you for the sight of the latest prototypes, which sport the kind of aero you’d expect to see on a race car.
The 2023 GT3 RS test car in these images was spotted doing work over in Colorado and with the vehicle having been caught on camera from up close, we can notice plenty of its details.
Shot by Porsche owner Mike Moore (aka thebluegt3rs), the prototype still wears heavy cladding. But, given that we’re looking at the final stages of testing—the vehicle should debut this year—the said aero has to be functional, so it can’t be fully covered.
As such, we can observe the now-a-GT3-RS-tradition front wind vents, as well as the swan neck-mount rear wing and the hood vents, with these being in a different league compared to the GT3’s already bold units.
In essence, both the GT3 and the GT3 RS are extreme machines, but while the first is road-biased, the latter is best enjoyed on the track. However, with the latest GT3 being noticeably more circuit-focused than its predecessor—at the expense of certain street manners—we can only expect the upcoming Rennsport iterations to be an absolute animal (more on this below).
Keeping the N/A power alive
The engine of the 3RS should be an evolution of its GT sibling’s 9,000 rpm-capable atmospheric 4.0-liter flat-six, with power expected to jump from 500 to 520 hp. Speaking of which, the non-forced-fed nature of the engine means this high-altitude testing (think: reduced air density) is a key part of the development process.
And while the GT3 can be had with a manual or in the Touring form that loses the fixed rear wing for a clean, classic look, the stopwatch dedication of the RS means there will be no such options.
And, until Porsche takes the wraps off the 992 GT3 RS, you can see the bonkers rear-engined coupe in action on the Nurburgring thanks to the Automotive Mike-delivered YouTube video at the bottom of the story—the screaming N/A soundtrack is on the house.
Of course, if all this helmet-worthy stuff is too extreme for your taste, perhaps the first-ever hybrid in the history of the Neunelfer, which is coming with the 992.2 mid-cycle revamp, is a more tempting proposal.