New 911 (992) GT3 caught testing

There aren't many cars that get a chat going on PistonHeads quite like a 911 GT3. Whether it's the trouble with getting hold of one, the secondhand market or - should anyone dare - how utterly fabulous they are to drive, the conversation is never brief.

With engine fires, an automatic-only phase and the reappearance of a Touring model, the 991 provided plenty to talk about. Still kinda does, in fact, with the Speedster on the way. But that's all made to seem like yesterday's news with the emergence of these new 992 spy shots. Photographed testing in the Arctic Circle just this week, the next GT3 is expected as a 2020 model - which makes sense when you think about it, as the 991 GT3 arrived in 2013, or two years after the base Carrera.

With that arrival not all that far off in the grand scheme of things, there are a few clearly recognisable GT3 traits in this development mule. Note the twin central exhaust pipes, rear arches seemingly wider even than the already broad Carrera, a dramatic fixed rear spoiler and vented bonnet. The yellow calipers on this car would imply ceramic brakes, although the discs look like iron - those of greater knowledge, feel free to contribute now.

Given a hybrid 992 is not expected until at least the mid-life facelift, it would a surprise verging on shock to discover any petrol-electric tech on the GT3. As so much was invested in the 4.0-litre flat-six for the 991 facelift, it would seem logical for that engine to continue here. Furthermore, with the uptake of both the manual gearbox and Touring package higher than expected, we'd bet on those appearing in the GT3 range again. Given the 9,000rpm 991 first made its debut at Geneva in 2013, we'd bet on a debut in the same place next year. Plenty more to follow before then...

[Images: S. Baldauf/S.B. Medien]

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  • MIP1983 21 Feb 2019

    I'm assuming that massively boxy arse is camouflage for something that doesn't look crap. (right?)

  • Krikkit 21 Feb 2019

    MIP1983 said:
    I'm assuming that massively boxy arse is camouflage for something that doesn't look crap. (right?)
    I suspect the rear bumper, front bumper and bonnet aren't finished yet, the rest I'd say looks production.

    The wing is interesting - they've gone full motorsport style with a swan-neck mount.

  • hondansx 21 Feb 2019

    So. Many. Variants.

    It's getting a bit tedious for me. I read somewhere that they made more 991.1 GT3s than all other GT3s before it added together. No idea if that's true, but if you look at the amount of GT cars available in the classifieds they're hardly rare.

    Before the 991 GT3 came out, a paint to sample car was a true rarity, but now common on GT3s, GT4s and... well, any new Porsche.

    The remarkable thing is I see the the 991.1 GT3 I sold a few years back is probably worth exactly the same now (if the mileage didn't increase, of course). Quite rightly, a rarer 997.2 GT3 appears to be worth more though - they're certainly priced that way anyway.

    Will be interesting to see the demand for the new one. I personally think we'll see a decline in the amount of bitter posts from people unable to get slots, as I imagine those jumping on the GT3 bandwagon for depreciation-free motoring will be wondering when the bubble is going to burst.

  • s2000db 21 Feb 2019

    That wing is hideous... lol

  • DaveTheRave87 21 Feb 2019

    Love that wing cloud9

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