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.