As we wait for Porsche to unveil the 992.2 mid-cycle revamp of the 911—coming within the next 6 months—one mustn’t expect the current 992.1 cars to simply disappear from the spotlights. That doesn’t happen with stock Porsches, but the tuning community, be it real or virtual, also makes sure models that are no longer in production still get attention. Case in point with this wingless 992 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, a digital hero, at least for now.
With Otto Particulate Filters now fitted to Neunelfers and the said facelift scheduled to usher in the first-ever 911 hybrid, Porsche has gone all out with recent editions.
Sure, the Carrera T no longer features more aggressive gearing, as it did with the previous generation, so this is a loss in our book. But what about the Germans releasing the first 911 Dakar after decades of anticipation and the 911 GT3 RS lapping the Nurburgring in 6:49 (you’ll find the wicked lap in the YouTube clip below)?
In case that number says little to you, we’ll mention that the current production car Ring lap record sits with another Porsche. That would be the 991.2 911 GT2 RS with components from Manthey Racing (a specialist owned by Porsche). This blitzed the infamous track in 6:43. But the GT2 RS is turbocharged (loads of extra torque) and has about 200 hp more!
As it’s always been with Porsches, the 992 GT3 RS doesn’t owe its impressive performance to brute power, even though its N/A 4.0-liter flat-six does offer a solid 503 hp and 347 lb-ft of torque. For one, the 3RS features active aero, with the hardware facilitating this up front even occupying the frunk.
So depriving the 992 GT3 RS of its active rear wing, which now sits above the roof level for the first time in any 911 road car, sounds like madness, right?
Well, this rendering does just that and it may make sense. The aim for this shaved GT3 RS is all aesthetic and there’s nothing wrong with that.
You may see de-winged GT3 RS 911s at car shows, but for now this one remains virtual
In fact, Porsche itself will sell you the GT3 in Touring form, which essentially removes the standard GT3’s fixed rear wing—check out the Mezger Era RS ode spec on this example. And while we’re talking pedigree, the first-ever Porsche to wear the RS badge, namely the homologation special that is the Carrera RS of 1972. It also made do with a ducktail spoiler like the one that now adorns the posterior of this CGI Porsche alone.
Heck, US customers can even order the GT3 RS with a package that acts as a tribute to the Carrera RS via Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, the carmaker’s personalization arm.
Of course, Porsche would never offer a Touring Package GT3 RS—the Rennsport model can’t be had without the rear wing, nor can it pack the optional six-speed manual. And that’s because the automaker wants the meanest naturally aspirated Neunelfer in the range to stick to its track dedication.
However, owners use the GT3 RS is all sorts of scenarios, some of which don’t require attacking a circuit or going over, say 150 mph, areas where shaving the wing would really make a difference.
Khyzyl Saleem (aka the_kyza), the digital artist and body kit designer (his V12 Mazda RX-7 widebody is insane) behind the rendering also slammed the wingless GT3 RS to hell and fitted custom Rotifom NEK wheels.
Sure, such details would make a difference on any car, but in the Porschephile realm where you can configure every little detail (e.g. leather-covered dashboard air vent slats), they’re even more important.