Since first debuting the 996-based GT3 racer in 1999, Porsche has been serious about its efforts in the Cup Grand Touring Cars series. Over the subsequent two decades, the Stuttgart firm has steadily rolled out an increasingly capable lineup of GT3-spec 911 models — the latest of which is the all-new 911 GT3 R.
The 911 GT3 R is based on the current 992-gen GT3 model, though it has been extensively modified from the ground up. Revving up to 9,250RPM, the car is powered by a bored-out, naturally-aspirated, water-cooled 4.2-liter six-cylinder Boxer engine that’s mated to a six-speed sequential transmission and is good for approximately 565hp — all of which is sent to the car’s rear wheels. The engine has also been tilted forward by 5.5 degrees, allowing Porsche to equip the GT3 R with a bigger rear diffuser. Boasting a slightly longer tracker and a lightly-stretched wheelbase, the car also wears an advanced aero kit fashioned from carbon fiber and an aluminum-steel composite.
Porsche also called on KW to produce the suspension for the car, delivering a state-of-the-art double wishbone layout up front and a multi-link design in the rear. AP Racing was also tapped to make the braking hardware for the car, coming through with six-pot aluminum monobloc calipers backed by fifth-gen Bosch racing ABS at all four corners. Inside, the Porsche features a fully-gutted, carbon-laden, race-space interior complete with a roll-cage, HANS-equipped race seat, GT3-style steering wheel, race windows, and nets. Not only does the car comply with all FIA safety requirements, but actually goes above and beyond, exceeding them in certain areas with additional safety structures integrated into the vehicle. Weighing in at just 2,755lbs, the 911 GT3 R was also designed with a major focus on improving driveability — a feat Porsche achieved by placing the driver’s seat in a more central location. The GT3 R also borrows the collimator tech-equipped LED headlights from Porsche’s LMDh 963 prototype racer. Other highlights include relocated front louver arches and a swan neck spoiler.
The 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 R is available now in limited numbers, with pricing set at €511,000 (~$520,000).