While Porsche announced a mid-cycle facelift for the 911 range last year, the sporty GT3 did not get a makeover. Nonetheless, the first batch of images of 911 GT3 facelift came up on the horizon in February and now the second set of photos can be seen below.
That said, it has been confirmed that customers will get an option of a six-speed manual gearbox seen in the recently-launched 911 R. However, the more potent GT3 RS will continue with a PDK transmission only.
Apart from that, the new GT3 will remain naturally-aspirated according to all accounts. As with most of Porsche’s mid-cycle refreshes, we don’t expect many (if any) changes to the powertrain or engine options. So, under the hood there will be a 3.8-litre six-cylinder unit that produces 475 hp and 440 Nm of torque. This engine allows the GT3 to reach 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds, 0 to 160 km/h in 7.5 seconds and achieve a top speed of 315 km/h.
Finally, the spy shots suggest that there will be exterior tweaks too. We can see a revamped front fascia, with new air intakes, restyled front bumper and headlamp units. We also expect the rear to be overhauled with probably new taillamps.
Why do you think that the engine in the 991.2 GT3 will be unchanged from the 991.1 version? Normally, there are horsepower/torque changes with each variation. Other reports indicate that the next GT3 will actually have the current GT3 RS engine @ 500 hp— similar to the 991R.