Things aren’t going well for the current-generation Porsche 911 GT3.
The most hardcore naturally-aspirated 911 has weathered criticism about its lack of a manual transmission, as well some problems with engine fires, but there’s good news on the way.
As with previous GT3 models, Porsche is preparing an even more hardcore RS version. These leaked patent images, published by England’s Car, offer a tantalizing preview.
The images echo a scale model of the car that was leaked back in June, and show something that looks like a race car with the sponsor decals removed.
Starting from the front, the images show a more-aggressive version of the “base” GT3’s front bumper, with a massive splitter. The hood also sports an unusual crease, and there are gills cut into the front fenders.
The roof gets a double-bubble shape, likely to accommodate helmeted drivers. At the back, there’s an enormous rear spoiler and central-exit exhaust outlets.
However, the most distinctive feature of the 2015 911 GT3 RS will probably be its stance. For the first time ever, the RS gets the “Turbo look” wide body with its flared rear fenders. On top of that, Porsche appears to have added extra flares like the ones you’ll find on a 911 GT America racer.
Details about what’s under the skin are scarce, but the GT3 RS will probably keep the 3.8-liter flat-six from the regular GT3.
Expect a noticeable increase from the GT3’s 475 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, but RS will likely emphasize handling and (Nurburgring) lap times as much as acceleration and top speed.