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More Facelifted Porsche 997 GT3 RS Spy Photos

 More Facelifted Porsche 997 GT3 RS Spy Photos
Porsche 911 GT3 RS facelift spy photo / CarPix

Despite the fact that Porsche has already begun to develop the next generation 911, there are still some versions of the current 997 that have yet to receive the face lift. One of these models is the hardcore version of the GT3, the 997 GT3 RS. We brought you first spy photos of the GT3 RS facelift just a few days ago, and already spies have caught the puritan 911 during a second sortie at the Nurburgring Nordschleife.

The GT3 RS is based on the wider bodied Carrera 4S, but in this case it looks like the front fenders have been extended even more. We also notice that huge adjustable rear wing that helps keep the car planted during high velocity. The lighter weight GT3 RS also boasts of wider wheels and retuned suspension. These close-up shots also give us a nice view of the roll cage and the tops of the carbon fiber race seats which are the same as the previous version.

The engine will remain the same as the "normal" GT3 facelift, meaning a 3.8 liter flat six delivering 435 horsepower. But a rumor we heard is that the PDK gearbox will be available as an option for the GT3 RS which may be controversial to Porsche purist. However, the rationale is quite simple - it makes the car faster.

 

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 jai_mav jai_mav
its not that they dont't have a sense of humour, its that your comments aren't remotely funny. The thing that makes the gt3 RS one of the greatest sports cars in the world isn't the size of its rear wing or its quarter mile time. Its that it is the most exhilarating and emotionally involving car to drive. Try getting that out of an after market tuner. And if you look at it that way, BMW M cars are in the same boat: just go to a tuner and beef up your 3 series, what do you need an M3 for? And lastly, this car is not an upgrade over the gt2. The gt2 is made for producing great track numbers. Which it does. This car's intention is rather different.
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April 5, 2009 7:54 pm
 DeleteThisAccount DeleteThisAccount
What is it with Porsche selling 12 versions of the same car? And why are you so excited about it? The way I see it you now you have a GT3 RS that can beat a GT3 if your stocks have gone up enough to graduate from your GT2 but are still saving up for a second hand GT because that's the car you wanted when it was released but couldn't afford. No one is going to care or differentiate between this and an aftermarket tuning job done on your mate's 911 for 10K. In fact, he's smarter than you because he just saved 100K to spend as a down payment for his yacht in Monte-Carlo. And after writing this I realize that if you buy this car you probably already have a yacht...
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April 5, 2009 3:46 am
 trspeed600 trspeed600
This is not the GT3 RS! No center locking hubs are the dead give away here. This is nothing more than someones 997 cup car. The center locking hubs are standard on the new GT3 so it is a very safe assumption that they will be on the RS. There is no way they would test without this wheel.
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April 4, 2009 10:18 pm
 scratchy996 scratchy996
what's the point of buying this car with PDK ? this is meant to be the hardcore driver's 911. on the other hand i hope they put PDK and direct injection and make a GT2 RS version, that would be a monster !
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April 4, 2009 7:10 pm
 brocky brocky
Forget the PDK (even though it's an amazing piece of engineering), just make the RS even LIGHTER!!!! less than 3,000lbs lighter
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April 4, 2009 1:13 pm
 zdenda20 zdenda20
Beautiful car! Funny how small details matter...I love porsche, I love manual gXs,but if they make the car go faster, put it as an option!
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April 4, 2009 12:41 pm
 phobos phobos
perhaps the PDK is just to heavy ?
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April 4, 2009 8:12 am