2017 Porsche 911 GT3 spy shots

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Fans of Porsche’s track-focused 911 GT3 can look forward to an updated version of the car coming later this year.

The complete 911 range is currently undergoing its mid-cycle update, with the most recent model to be updated being the Turbo. It looks like the next will be the GT3, which our source says could debut in the summer.

The current GT3 made its debut almost exactly three years ago and proved quite controversial due its standard dual-clutch transmission. There was also the little issue of engines needing to be replaced in some of the earlier models.

That hasn’t stopped the car from being extremely popular, especially in RS trim, so understandably Porsche won’t be looking to rock the boat with the update. Look for a few visual tweaks, changes to the suspension and perhaps some extra horsepower under the hood. We hear the 6-speed manual transmission from the latest 911 R may also be made available.

2017 Porsche 911 GT3 facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2017 Porsche 911 GT3 facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

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At present, the prototype is only sporting changes at the front. We can see a new bumper with enlarged intakes and a new design for the indicators. Heavy cladding at the flanks may indicate a new set of air curtains or canards.

There will be some minor tweaks inside, too. Expect the latest Porsche Communication Management infotainment system complete with 7.0-inch display, smartphone integration and updated navigation with real-time traffic info and Google Earth/Streetview functionality.

The good news is that Porsche won’t be adding turbocharged power to the GT3, which it has been doing to most of the other models in the 911 family, including the base Carrera. The current GT3’s engine is a 3.8-liter flat-six with 475 hp on tap.

Note, Porsche is already driving test mules of its next 911 and there's also a GT2 version of the current 911 testing on public roads.

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