2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS to debut next month, may lose power advantage


The next GT-badged member of the Porsche 911 family will be revealed in three weeks – but it may not get any more power than the standard GT3.

Alex Misoyannis


The 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS may be the first modern RS-badged Porsche to offer less power than the model it replaces, once it’s revealed next month.

Teased by Porsche overnight, the new GT3 RS will make its world premiere on 17 August – and serve as the fastest and most extreme version of the pre-facelift ‘992.1’ 911 that will be built.

However, Porsche has strongly hinted the 992.1 GT3 RS will use the ‘standard’ 911 GT3’s 375kW engine – which would make it the first GT3 RS to offer less power than the car it replaces.

“The new 911 GT3 RS is even more optimised for track use than its predecessors. The spontaneously responsive, high-revving four-litre, six-cylinder boxer engine with approximately 500 PS [375kW, from the standard GT3] has proven ideal for use at trackdays and club sport events,” said Andreas Preuninger, director of Porsche GT cars.


“That’s why we focused primarily on aerodynamics and chassis questions in the development of the new 911 GT3 RS,” said Preuninger in a media statement, hinting the car’s engine won’t be touched for the RS.

If the GT3’s 375kW/470Nm 4.0-litre flat-six is used, the new 992.1 GT3 RS – the 992 referring to the latest 911 generation, and the ‘.1’ signifying the version before the car’s mid-life facelift – would be the first RS-badged Porsche to step back in power.

The outgoing ‘991.2’ GT3 RS generation (the ‘.2’ referring to the facelifted version) developed 383kW and 470Nm – while the pre-facelift 991.1 version quoted 368kW and 460Nm. These figures were about 15kW higher than standard GT3s of the time.

The last 911 GT3 RS to share its engine with the regular GT3 was the ‘997.1’ model of 2007, with both cars using a 3.6-litre flat six-cylinder with 305kW/405Nm.

Following 18 months after the lesser GT3’s reveal, the new 911 GT3 RS promises to be the most extreme car to wear its nameplate, with inspiration reportedly drawn from “the successful 911 RSR and 911 GT3 R GT racing cars,” according to Porsche.

Spy photos – and now Porsche’s official teaser – show a hardcore aerodynamics package one step beyond the GT3, with an even larger ‘swan-neck’ rear wing (possibly with a flap that opens on high-speed straights to reduce drag).


The GT3 RS’s signature front wheel-arch air vents feature – while Porsche has even gone as far as fitting new doors with traditional door handles – rather than the pop-out electric units of all other 911 models.

The new 911 GT3 RS is expected to eschew the regular GT3’s six-speed manual transmission, instead offering a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic only – in line with its track focus, and all recent RS Porsches.

The 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS is slated to be revealed in full on 17 August 2022. An Australian launch is likely to follow next year.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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