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Work on the updated Porsche 911 GT3 continues, and we have a new batch of spy photos showing it. Our spy photographers captured a prototype lapping the Nurburgring as the performance model is currently undergoing pre-production evaluations. Interestingly, almost the entire vehicle was not camouflaged, but that doesn’t mean there were no visual differences between the current model and the prototype.
In the photos, the front fascia appears to be completely camouflage-free, but the rear end has some black tape covering portions of the bumper. Additional fake body panels attached to the bumper create an unsettling shape, but this is obviously not the final form of the rear fascia. Furthermore, there appear to be more changes to the rear diffuser – the vertical elements on the refreshed model are larger and more prominent.
The fact that there is no disguise on the front end does not mean that there will be no visual changes. We believe Porsche is still in the early stages of developing the facelifted 911 GT3 (992) and is saving additional changes for later stages of testing. As an aside, we first spotted the refreshed sports car in July of this year when we spotted a different prototype with slightly different rear fascia camouflage.
We have virtually zero details regarding the powertrain of the facelifted model. We believe the engine beneath that massive wing at the back will remain largely unchanged, but it may be tweaked to produce a little more power. The 911 GT3 currently employs a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six engine producing 502 horsepower (374 kilowatts) and 346 pound-feet (469 Newton-meters) of torque. It is available with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Porsche recently unveiled the new 911 GT3 RS, which features a tough aerodynamic package and a more powerful version of the 4.0-liter engine. The flat-six mill produces 518 hp (386 kW) in this application thanks to new camshafts with modified cam profiles and a motorsport-derived single-throttle intake system. It will be interesting to see what upgrades the updated 911 GT3 (without the RS) will receive and whether components from the RS model will be used.
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