Speculation has run rampant on the name of the new Stuttgart sweetheart, ranging from “911 R” to “911 GT.” We also wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Porsche bringing back names from past 911 variants like “Clubsport.”
Whatever it’s called, this focused 911 is essentially a GT3 with row-your-own-gears. The spy shots certainly allude to this formula, with the prototype wearing the same front and rear fascias, along with widened rear haunches, as the track-ready GT3. The new 911 wears the same center-lock wheels as well, likely wrapped in the same track-spec rubber and hiding the GT3’s big brakes. Underneath, expect the new 911 to sport a variation of the GT3’s suspension components. As seen on the spotted prototype, the GT3’s signature rear wing has been left off, but a subtle rear under-bumper diffuser can be spotted on the mule.
The purist Porsche 911 should sport the same 3.8-liter flat-six engine as the GT3 as well, albeit with a different tune. Power is routed to the rear wheels through Porsche’s seven-speed manual transmission. Now that the GT3’s rear-wheel steering is available as an option on standard-fare 991.2 911s, this special Porsche should have the system as standard.
Inside, expect aggressive sport seats with plenty of available carbon fiber and Alcantara, along with a whole host of Porsche’s go-fast systems and suspension management.
The new 911 will make its official debut in the near future. In the meantime, take a look at the mysterious manual-only Porsche 911 in the photo gallery below.