The wraps have only just come off the new 2014 Porsche 911 GT3, the track focused version of the latest 991 family of 911 models, but already we have details on its more hardcore cousin, the 911 GT3 RS.

From the Carrera RS 2.7 of 1973 right up to the Type 997 911 GT3 RS launched in 2010, Porsche’s ‘Rennsport’ models have held the reputation for being some of the best examples of race cars built for the road.

They’ve also continued to carry their outlandish paint jobs, with the most recent model offering color combinations such as bright orange and black or matte gray and red.

Speaking with CAR, Andreas Preuninger, the head of Porsche’s GT production car department, said work was already well underway on a new 911 GT3 RS and that we could expect to see the car as early as next year. This suggests we’ll see it launched for the 2015 model year.

“The RS is always three-quarters of a year behind the GT3, so we’ve already begun,” he said.

While there were some hoping to see a proper three-pedal manual offered on this model, Preuninger revealed the car will stick with Porsche’s PDK dual-clutch transmission.

However, while the PDK in the new 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 shifts gears in about 100 milliseconds, the unit in the 911 GT3 RS could be tuned for even faster shifts. On top of this, the electronic steering may also be tweaked so that it matches the brilliance of the previous GT3 RS 4.0 limited-edition model, which came with regular hydraulic steering.

Preuninger explained that the slightly tamer nature of the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 meant that its RS variant could be made even more extreme to help further differentiate it. Expect a lighter curb weight, more aggressive aerodynamics and increased output from its engine. A figure of around 500 horsepower is likely.

Stay tuned for an update.