Feast your eyes on the very first test mule for the upcoming 991-series Porsche 911 GT2, which was snapped testing at Germany’s Nürburgring recently. Engineers are using a makeshift body of the latest 911 GT3
but several elements reveal the true identity of the test car.
Look closely and you’ll see widened wheel arches, extra-wide rubber at the rear, and new side intakes for the turbocharged engine (the 911 GT3 is naturally aspirated).
The wheels and brakes are also larger than those fitted to the 911 GT3 and the rear wing much taller. Additional aero pieces have been tacked onto the rear, presumably to boost downforce.
Like the previous 911 GT2
, the new model will feature a similar spec to the contemporary 911 Turbo, the new 2014 911 Turbo
, but to separate the two the 911 GT2 will stick to rear-wheel drive and have a higher output. This means it will feature a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six engine, four-wheel steering and engine stop-start technology.
Peak output is expected to register at 560 horsepower, which is on par with the output of the latest 911 Turbo S and 30 horsepower more than the output of the previous 911 GT2. As for the transmission, Porsche’s seven-speed PDK dual-clutch unit is likely to replace the previous 911 GT2’s six-speed manual. If that last tidbit doesn’t sit well with you, we suggest reading this article
Initial performance specs are a top speed in excess of 200 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 3.0 seconds or less.
Look out for a debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show next March, with sales to commence shortly after.
By 2015, a new generation of the ultimate 911, the infamous 911 GT2 RS, is expected to land. This model is expected to match the 620 horsepower of the outgoing model
but benefit from a lighter curb weight, the quick-shifting PDK and the new four-wheel-steering setup._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.