UK publication Car magazine brings the scoop that the 991-based 911 GT3 RS will carry over the PDK transmission and electronic power steering from the just released 911 GT3 (pictured). Their source is very reliable, too, none other than Andreas Preuninger, Head of GT Cars at Porsche.
There can be no mistaking Preuninger’s comments, either. “Thereâ€™s no chance of a manual,” he said. “We donâ€™t want to offer too many options on our GT cars. And if youâ€™ve got a manual and a PDK youâ€™ve got to have different set-ups for the suspension, the aero, the tyres, everything. We are a small team and can only concentrate on one car.”
We expect many will bemoan that no new GT3-badged 911 will be available with a traditional H-pattern manual gearbox, but perhaps the promise of a wilder GT3 RS might go some of the way to soften the blow.
“Weâ€™ve opened up a wider field of usability with the new GT3, so maybe that gives us more reason to push the RS towards a more extreme side. The differentiations between the two models has always been increasing, and itâ€™s going to be like that in the future,” Preuninger told Car.
Some of the ingredients to help sharpen the RS could be a further improved shift time on the 7-speed PDK-box, which can already shift in just 100ms in the new GT3, and an even larger rear wing may also feature. Of the car’s exterior, Preuninger said, “Itâ€™s pretty spectacular. Itâ€™s beautiful.”
The other carrot dangled by the Porsche man is a peak power figure of around 500hp for the new RS.
Preuninger confirmed the 991 GT3 RS would debut early next year, following the unveiling of the new 911 Turbo in the next few months and the 918 Spyder at Frankfurt in September.