Fear not, Porsche GT fans: There will indeed be a new Porsche 911 GT3 RS coming, and it’ll be here next year. Unfortunately, it seems that—like the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3—will only come with a PDK gearbox.
The news—both good and bad—comes from no less of an authority than Andreas Preuninger, the man in charge of Porsche’s GT series production cars. (Jealous?) “The RS is always three-quarters of a year behind the GT3,” Preuniger told England’s CAR. Before it comes out, though, Porsche has to officially reveal the 918 Spyder (which will be this fall) and the new 991-series 911 Turbo (which, hopefully, may come out as soon as this spring). So with the GT3 having been revealed in March 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show, expect the GT3 RS at, oh, the Detroit Auto Show in January 2014.
As for the gearbox news, well, Preuniger said the dual-clutch gearbox will be the only choice for the GT3 RS, just as it is for the new 911 GT3. According to CAR, he told them the paddleshift ‘box is more involving than the manual. They couldn’t go back to the stick even if they wanted, so they say: “There’s no chance of a manual. We don’t want to offer too many options on our GT cars. And if you’ve got a manual and a PDK you’ve got to have different set-ups for the suspension, the aero, the tires, everything.”
That said, with the 2014 911 GT3′s supposed increased usability over the old generation, Preuniger said they have room to make the new GT3 RS even more extreme than the previous car. The general styling is reportedly already frozen—”It’s pretty spectacular. It’s beautiful,” Preuniger said—with an even larger ass-wing than the 997.2 GT3 RS. Weight savings won’t be all that extreme—they’ve already cut a ton of weight from the regular GT3, but expect the GT3 RS to be a bit lighter—but power should be at least around the 500 pony output of the 911 GT3 RS 4.0. Well, the reported output, at least; Preuniger told CAR that while the 991-series 911 GT3 is rated at 475 horses, it actually makes closer to 500. Which means the GT3 RS will probably make more like 525…[via CAR]