It's hard to believe, but the 992-generation Porsche 911 has been with us for nearly five years now. Soon, there will be a facelift version, the 992.2 in Porsche speak, and after the Carrera and Turbo models debut, there will be a new GT3. We may not see the new GT3 for another year or two, but Porsche is already at work testing the new car on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
In fact, it's been testing this car on the Ring since at least June, but we will never skip the opportunity to talk about the newest version of one of the best sports cars on sale. It appears Porsche is testing one new 992.2 against the old 992.1, and there are a couple of small but noticeable differences. The front and rear bumpers appear to feature new aero elements, and there are new rear taillights, too. Otherwise, the new car doesn't look too different than its predecessor.
It sounds to us like the new car uses the same basic 4.0-liter flat-six that debuted back in 2017 with the 991.2 GT3. This naturally aspirated engine has undergone a number of revisions over the years both to boost performance and to meet increasingly stringent emissions targets. In the new 911 GT3 RS, it has both independent throttle bodies and new camshafts that boost high-RPM performance. Perhaps we'll see these revisions here.
Porsche usually likes to take a decently large step with GT3 facelifts, and the transition between 991.1 and 991.2 was a big one. The new car saw the introduction of the mighty 4.0 and the reintroduction of the manual gearbox. We're curious to see if this car will take a similarly big leap. Regardless, it should still be one of the best sports cars on sale.
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