Is this a scale model of the yet-unreleased 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS?
The Porsche 911 GT3 is a stripped-down, track-bred version of the legendary 911, which isn’t exactly a Camry in its own right.
The GT3 RS, “the ultimate version of the ultimate version,” as Top Gear’s Richard Hammond describes it, takes the hardcore 911 GT3mone step further. On RS models, Porsche removes the sound deadening, rear seats, sunroof, air conditioning, and rear speakers, all in the pursuit of precision and purity. Porsche even installs lightweight, polycarbonate windows and a carbon fiber hood to shed pounds.
The Germans also historically grant a modest power bump to the RennSport GT3. For reference, the 2010 GT3 pumped out 435 horsepower from its 3.8-liter flat six; that figure increased by 15 in RS guise.
Images of the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS have surfaced online at 4WheelsNews, albeit in a slightly smaller scale.
OK, so it’s a model car, but it certainly looks the part of the new RS. It’s clearly based on the current GT3, but with new wheels, brake vents on the front and aft fenders, and an enormous rear spoiler that hint at the GT3 RS’ unyielding, race-hardened attitude.
Rumors of the next generation RS’ powerplant have spread like wildfire, although nothing has been confirmed yet by Porsche. We’ve heard accounts of a turbocharged unit, however those are usually reserved for the 911 GT2. More likely is an upgraded version of the GT3’s naturally aspirated 3.8-liter flat six, but with the GT2 on thin ice and Porsche’s turbo-friendly attitude lately, your guess is as good as ours.
What we do know, however, is that the RS model will be more powerful than today’s “standard” GT3, which boasts 475 hp from its flat six and a dual-clutch gearbox. We hear rumors of 500 hp or more for the RS, but stay tuned for more details as they come out.
For now, “the ultimate version of the ultimate version” is a scale model that can sit comfortably on your desk. Sadly, that’s the closest most of us will ever get to owning one.
(Photo credit: 4WheelsNews)