Nearly a month after dropping the top on the 992-generation 911, Porsche now seems to be deep into development of new variants for the car’s successor.
While the German manufacturer continues to work on the 911 Turbo, recent spy shots show an early tester for the 2021 911 GT3. We know this is the next-gen GT3 with the help of a few visual indicators such as dual exhaust tips mounted at the centre of the rear fascia along with centre-lock wheels and huge carbon-ceramic brake rotors. The prototype also features the 992 generation’s wide body.
The front fascia sports larger intakes than the ones on the entry-level Carrera.
In addition to this, we can also see the front fascia sports larger intakes than the ones on the entry-level Carrera. This is coupled with an oversized rear wing that should feature a more refined design on later prototypes.
Powering the current GT3 is a 4.0-litre flat-six engine good for 500hp and 459Nm of torque. Meanwhile, Porsche has also been reportedly planning to switch to turbocharged power to boost performance on the track-focused 911 variant. The engine as we assume should be mated to a 7-speed DCT unit. However, Porsche may appease manual fans by gracing it with a stick shift somewhere down the road.
We know this is the next-gen GT3 with the help of a few visual indicators such as dual exhaust tips mounted at the centre of the rear fascia.
Citing retiring chief 911 engineer August Achleitner, Autocar, last year reported that the 992-generation 911 was future proofed which can later be developed to run on electric power alone for short distances. While he had previously ruled out a standard plug-in hybrid powertrain for the moniker, it was also noted that the 911’s hybrid powertrain would closely resemble the one in the 919 Hybrid Le Mans race car.
This was a few weeks after Volkswagen had confirmed that their next-gen models could be a farewell to internal combustion engines.