The Porsche 911 is well known in the performance world, as is its elevated GT3 variant. Well, things are about to get a bit more interesting with the upcoming 911 GT3 RS, slated for an official debut on August 17th.

The GT3 RS will be the new top dog in the 911 performance lineup; in fact, it’s said to have been inspired by the 911 RSR and 911 GT3 R GT racing cars. Instead of simply throwing more horsepower at it, the development of the new GT3 primarily focused on vehicle aerodynamics and the chassis.

“The new 911 GT3 RS is even more optimized for track use than its predecessors,” said Andreas Preuninger, Director GT Model Line. “The spontaneously responsive, high-revving 4.0-liter, six-cylinder boxer engine with approximately 500 PS has proven ideal for use at trackdays and club sport events. That's why we focused primarily on aerodynamics and chassis questions in the development of the new 911 GT3 RS.”

While not confirmed, it’s safe to assume the new GT3 RS will utilize some play on the current GT3’s 4.0-liter six-cylinder, rated at 502 horsepower and 346 lb-ft max torque at 6,100 rpm. Transmission is yet to be seen; we hope the RS will see the current GT3's row-it-yourself six-speed and 7-speed PDK automatic. Judging by pictures of this impending track star, the new model will double down on the “base” GT3’s defining features-- the rear wing appears larger and the hood vents are more aggressive, for example. 


We’ll have a much better idea of what the new 911 GT3 RS entails when it debuts on August 17th-- and you can catch it right here on MotorWeek. In the meantime, check out our recent overseas excursion in the 911 Sport Classic!