Porsche 911 GT3 RS Test Mule

Just before customer deliveries of the 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS kick off, a prototype has been spied testing once again on the Nurburgring.

It is quite strange to see a prototype being tested at ‘Green Hell’ so many months after a car being revealed in production guise. However, one explanation is that a small calibration issue was discovered on the new 911 GT3 RS which the German marque is attempting to fix before shipping cars to customers. On the other hand, there is a possibility that some transmission and engine software upgrades are in the works. Whatever the case may be, we already know how capable the new GT3 RS is.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS Test Mule Goes Back to the Nurburgring

It of course uses a brand new 4.0-litre six-cylinder engine which remains naturally aspirated. It has been tuned to deliver 493 hp (the same as the 997 GT3 RS 4.0) but now delivers 384 lb-ft of torque which is 15 lb-ft more than the GT3 RS 4.0. Additionally, these figures represent a 25 hp and 60 lb-ft increase over the current 911 GT3.

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As always, the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS features rear wheel drive and the aforementioned six-cylinder engine is coupled to a seven-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission. As a result, the German sports car will accelerate to 100 km/h in a mere 3.3 seconds and crack the 200 km/h mark in just 10.9 seconds. By comparison, the old 911 GT3 RS needed 3.9 seconds to hit 100 km/h.

[Via Nürburgring Bridge To Gantry]

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