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Porsche Unveils 911 GT3 R Race Car

Automaker makes official announcement just one day before 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps debut

Latest 911 Variant Sets New Standard for 992 Customer Racers

Porsche have just unveiled its latest customer racing car—the Porsche 911 GT3 R—which will debut at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps race on July 30, 2022. The latest GT3 R continues its race car bloodline into the current 992-generation, where it will again sit above the GT3 Cup in terms of performance (and also price).

It also becomes the gold standard for factory 911 race cars, with the now-retired Porsche 911 RSR not yet having a successor waiting in the wings. Homologated for competition in the GT3 class, the new GT3 R will be raced in series such as IMSA, WEC and eventually the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Like in previous iterations, the GT3 R improves upon the GT3 Cup in every imaginable way. This includes what you’d typically expect, with more aerodynamics, an improved suspension geometry, fatter tires, optimized electronic aids—and not least of all, more power—responsible for the overall transformation.

GT3 RS Clues & Insights

Speaking of power, Porsche have thrown a bit of an Easter egg our way with a simple photo—along with verbal confirmation—indicating the new GT3 R will come equipped with a high-revving 4.2L flat-6 engine which produces 565 hp. Historically, we’ve come to understand that the GT3 Cup is a derivative of the road-going GT3, while the GT3 R is strongly linked to the GT3 RS.

The timing of all these announcements—with the new 992 GT3 RS due for its world premiere in just over 2 weeks—is certainly of no coincidence. The notion that we’ll see an engine exceeding 4.0L for the first time in a 911 production car, since being introduced in the 997.2 GT3 RS 4.0 is not just possible; it’s downright probable.

For more details on the new Porsche 911 GT3 R (plus a glimpse into what the upcoming GT3 RS might look like), you can view the official newsroom publication here. An 8 minute long video covering all aspects of the car, is also available in the link.