Porsche officially revealed a new sports car that promises functionality, power, speed, and unwavering mobility on the racetrack: the 2023 911 GT3 R. Joining the 911 racing family, the Porsche 911 GT3 R will soon appear at GT3-compliant worldwide motorsports events such as the FIA WEC World Endurance Championship, the North American IMSA series, and 24-Hour Le Mans in 2024.
Based on the 992-generation 911, the new 2023 Porsche GT3 R is a track-only model that will feature a flat-six engine that’s five percent bigger than the last model, better aerodynamics, and optimized vehicle balance. The brand lifted the sheet on the GT3 R just a month ahead of Its road-going sibling, the GT3RSwhich was spotted testing at the Nürburgring and surrounding roads without any camouflage earlier this year. Its performance was nothing short of amazing, taking corners and curves like child’s play. He also received some serious aerodynamic work and performance-oriented parts. Its race-based counterpart cranks things up a notch. And the new 911 GT3 R isn’t cheap either. It’s currently available on the North American markets for a price tag of $567,210, minus the optional extras.
Learn more about the design, interior, and performance of the new GT3 R and why it could be the ultimate sports car of the century.
The GT3 R Gets A Significant Bump In Horsepower
As a serious successor to its predecessor and a vehicle that bears Porsche hallmarks and represents the brand in international sports, the engineers set out to make a long list of changes to improve the performance of the previous generation model. One of those changes was made to the engine
The 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 R is equipped with the near-standard engine as the previous model, which is a water-cooled flat-six engine with four-valve technology and direct fuel injection. To raise the stakes, Porsche made developments on the 911 GT3 R’s engine, which, like on the 911 RSR, involves increasing the displacement from 3,997 to 4,194 cc, which is about 5 percent. The result is a bump in power from 502 horsepower of the predecessor, to a new incredible output of 565 horsepower in the new GT3 R.
How Porsche Has Enhanced Performance For The GT3 R
To provide a smoother and more flexible racing experience, the suspension has received significant tuning as well. According to the brand, most of the suspension tweaks come from the 911 RSR. These tweaks pave the way for a more precise handling and improved setup time, which is essential for this all-racing model. Also, thanks to the improved suspensions, there should be less tire wear, making things easier on the race track. the front gets a double-wishbone setup while the rear end is supported by a multi-link setup, which now gets improved adjustable KW shock absorbers.
Compared to the predecessor, the new 911’s wheelbase measures around 2.64 inches longer, which was achievable by pushing the rear wheels back. The longer wheelbase gives the GT3 R more stability around turns, making it safer to drive. While a longer wheelbase has a risk of making a car less agile, Porsche’s central-focused weight and the new suspensions that lower the center of gravity give the car better handling. It also reduces the load of the rear-mounted engine on the rear wheels.
Exterior And Interior Refinements For The 911 GT3 R
Visually, the 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 R has a great appeal that sets it apart from the 911 family, thanks to the redesigned body kit and the huge wing on the gooseneck. The GT3 R also sports an aluminum-steel composite body with carbon fiber body panels that make the car lighter, although the brand has yet to release weight specifications. The lower body in front of the front axle is raised to improve airflow to the rear diffuser.
Like the rest of the car, the interior also received some updates. At a glance, most of the car’s interior is just about what you expect from a track-only 911, but the GT3 R’s driver-focused interior has gone a step further with the aim of achieving mixology between driver and car. The driver’s seat moved closer to the center of the car when stationary. This not only improves ergonomics but also keeps the car balanced, as well as the weight of the driver. However, unlike the driver’s seat, the pedals and steering wheel can be adjusted to the driver’s needs. It also gets special ramps that make the six-point harness easier and faster to fasten, saving you a few seconds per pit stop.
Final Thoughts On The 911 GT3 R
The Porsche 911 GT3 is the perfect choice for enthusiasts or beginners who want to taste the essence of the Porsche racing DNA at its finest. According to Porsche, development for the 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 R first began in 2019. The brand focused on reducing running costs while enhancing its overall performance. The potent naturally-aspirated inline-6 engine and suspension adjustments bring the GT3 R to a GOAT level. Plus, something that’s been in the works for that long will most certainly deliver beyond expectations. It’s a Porsche after all.