Gearheads with deep pockets and a hankering for belting around the world’s racetracks now have another turn-key option in which to sate their need for speed. Porsche has just unveiled a new 911 GT R, a machine based on the current-gen 992 car but packing a 4.2L flat-six good for 557 horsepower.
That’s a displacement bump of about 200cc, up from the more familiar 4.0L engine size. The boxer engine is still described by Porsche as being in the “rear position,” meaning it will surely continue to exhibit some of the loaded diaper characteristics of its forebears thanks to the pesky laws of physics. Typical race car tricks are in full effect — dry sump lubrication, carbon fibre intake manifold, and single mass flywheel to name a few. The engine is tilted forward 5.5 degrees in order to make room for an underbody diffuser. They wouldn’t have to do that with a mid-engine Cayman. Just sayin’.
“The new 911 GT3 R has big shoes to fill. Its predecessor has pretty much won everything in four seasons that can be won throughout the GT3 scene since 2019,” said Michael Dreiser, director of sales, Porsche Motorsport GT3 R. “The new model can look forward to an even wider range of tasks at the hands of our customer teams.” Weight — of the car, not Dreiser — will be approximately 1,250 kg (2,750 lbs) depending on irritating ‘balance of performance’ measures imposed on race day.
Safety harnesses and nets are all part of the deal, as is an air jack system with a quartet of jacks to help your minions pit crew change tires. Shifting duties are taken care of via your right hand and a six-speed constant-mesh ‘box. Six-piston calipers bite down on the 15.35-inch dinner platters serving as brake rotors up front, while four-piston clampers handle the 14.5-inch discs out back.
Interestingly, the 911 GT3 R can be optioned with an Endurance Package which equips it with illuminated number panels of the type seen on cars during the Rolex 24, for example. A different package for use in IMSA competition may be fitted to equip the car with IMSA-approved gear ratio.
Interested, Moneybags? The car is priced at 511,000 Euros (roughly $667,000 CAD) and is homologated in accordance with the FIA GT3 regs for 2023.