First pro­to­type gives early clues the next Porsche GT3 will be tur­bocharged

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To­tal 911’s spies have un­cov­ered what ap­pears to be a very early test mule of the 992-gen­er­a­tion GT3, with key de­sign cues set to con­firm ru­mours the car will be tur­bocharged for the first time.

Al­though the pro­to­type ap­pears to be clad in a wider Turbo body shell (GT3S cur­rently utilise a mid-width Car­rera 4 body, sit­ting in be­tween nar­row-bod­ied Car­reras and the maxwidth Turbo), the Tur­bos are well known not to sport centre-lock­ing wheels un­til very late in their test phase. The centre-lock­ing wheels on this mule there­fore sug­gests the car is very likely not a Turbo, with changes at the rear of the car point­ing to the like­li­hood of it be­ing a GT in dis­guise.

As you can see, the car here fea­tures large bore ex­hausts, sim­i­lar to that of the cur­rent tur­bocharged 991.2 GT2 RS, while gap­ing air out­let vents aft of the rear wheels are clearly rem­i­nis­cent of tur­bocharged cars in the cur­rent range. Air out­let slats in the rear bumper of the cur­rent nat­u­rally as­pi­rated GT3 are much thin­ner by com­par­i­son.

Mean­while, at the front of the car, Porsche ap­pears to be more re­laxed about re­veal­ing key de­tails of the 992’s ap­pear­ance. We can now clearly see a di­rect cor­re­la­tion be­tween the Mis­sion E Cross Turismo study and the de­sign of the boot and front bumper on this pro­to­type in what is the clear­est in­cli­na­tion yet that the 911 and Mis­sion E line will share a sim­i­lar ap­pear­ance.

Porsche’s 992-gen­er­a­tion GT3 is set for launch at the 2020 Geneva Mo­tor Show, with To­tal 911 keep­ing you up­dated in the mean­time.

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