The latest-generation of the Porsche 911 GT3 has been spied undergoing track and street testing.
Porsche is working on its 992.2-generation 911 GT3, which is expected to debut in 2024. The brand is known for its evolutionary design updates and this model is no exception.
The latest prototype has been spied wearing heavy camouflage over its rear end, as well as black tape over its front indicators and bumper.
The front bumper is expected to see some updates, as its daytime running lights are covered in black tape.
It appears black tape is covering up some changes in the housing of the headlights, too. It’s reported that the new headlights may integrate indicators; currently they’re separate unit in the front bumper.
The front bonnet design appears to carry over from the current model with no noticeable changes to the splitter or nostrils at this stage.
Changes to the lower air intake are evident, with what looks like a simplified design featuring on this prototype model.
It appears the dual-circular exhausts are now incorporated into the rear diffuser, rather than sitting separately to it.
It’s rumoured Porsche may feature an active rear wing, however it’s yet to be confirmed by the brand.
An active wing allows drivers to minimise drag down straights for a higher top speed without sacrificing downforce in the corners – the GT3 RS features an F1-style drag reduction system capable of doing just that.
It’s expected Porsche will not add hybrid tech to the GT3 in this generation – in fact it’s possible Porsche won’t make any changes to the GT3’s naturally-aspirated 4.0-litre powertrain, given even the GT3 RS makes only 11kW more than the regular GT3.
Porsche is looking to feature some form of hybrid powertrain within the broader 911 range, but it’s unlikely to be plug-in hybrid power.
Tougher European emissions rules which are expected to come into effect by 2026 mean the brand may look to include a 48V mild-hybrid system in the next couple of years.
The mild-hybrid system may take inspiration from the Porsche 919, which used electric power to assist rather than overshadow the petrol engine by allowing the engine to switch off at low speeds, and providing a power boost when you put your foot down.
Frank-Steffen Walliser, who at the time was in charge of the 718 and 911 model lines, told CarExpert the move to hybrid power “could come step-by-step” as Porsche works to meet the next batch of European emissions rules expected to hit in 2026.
“The question is: With the hybridisation, what is the right level? How much power do you put in?,” Mr Walliser asked.
“This is also not solved. In the automotive industry we see different solutions, and we will see what our solution will be. Hybridisation in general is something we are considering,” he said.
Currently the 911 GT3 is powered by a 4.0-litre naturally-aspirated flat-six engine producing 375kW of power and 470Nm of torque.
Porsche claims the current 911 GT3 can do the 0-100km/h sprint in 3.4 seconds, and top speed is 318km/h.
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