There’s a new Porsche 911 racer in town. The new 911 GT3 R has been revealed, with a 4.2-litre engine and a rear wing that’ll trouble low-flying planes.

The GT3 R isn’t a road-going partner to the GT3 or upcoming GT3 RS; it’s a proper race car for customer teams which want to take on race-prepared versions of the McLaren Artura, Ferrari 296 GTB, Bentley Continental, Nissan GT-R, and Mercedes-AMG GT.

Porsche says it’s placed a priority on improving “drivability for professionals and so-called gentleman drivers”, and leaving more headroom in the engine for the wick to be turned up when FIA Balance of Performance rules allow it.

porsche 911 gt3 r racer revealed
porsche 911 gt3 r racer revealed

Power comes from a 4.2-litre, naturally-aspirated flat-six engine with up to 416kW. Porsche says the extra 197cc of displacement compared to the previous model’s engine has made the power and torque delivery friendlier across a broader rev range.

Redline sits at 9250rpm, up 250rpm on what the road-going GT3 can handle. All that grunt is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox derived from the unit in the GT3 Cup car, along with a limited-slip rear differential.

The engine is still rear-mounted, but it’s been tilted forwards by 5.5 degrees to free up more space for that huge rear diffuser. Also present is a swan neck spoiler, which hints at what we can expect from the upcoming GT3 RS road car.

porsche 911 gt3 r racer revealed
porsche 911 gt3 r racer revealed
porsche 911 gt3 r racer revealed
porsche 911 gt3 r racer revealed

There’s a double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension, and the shock absorbers can be adjusted through five stages. There are also adjustable anti-roll bars, and forged aluminium control arms.

Depending on the Balance of Performance rules, the 911 GT3 R weighs 1250kg and measures up at 4619mm long and 2050mm wide, with a 2507mm wheelbase.

Inside, the GT3 R features a bucket seat and safety cell designed to meet the latest FIA regulations. In a nod to the teams using this car in endurance races, the six-point harnesses have been amended to slide more easily out of the way on hurried driver changes.

porsche 911 gt3 r racer revealed
porsche 911 gt3 r racer revealed

The steering wheel and driver display take inspiration from the GT3 Cup and 911 RSR racers.

Pricing in Europe kicks off at €511,000 ($750,000), excluding taxes and any optional extras.

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