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Porsche 991 GT3 RS (2015) snapped by Instagram user

Published: 05 January 2015

Seemingly making a bid to become not only the most agile Porsche 911 road car yet but also the most scooped, here’s yet another set of unofficial, ahead-of-time pictures of the upcoming Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

We’ve had a peek at the new 991 RS before in spyshots from the Nurburgring, in patent photos and even in scale model form, but here’s what appears to be the finished article.

Snapped in a car park and posted on Instagram by a Stuttgart local under the username johan9ff (clearly a bit of a Porsche fan, then), unless we’re very much mistaken this is an undisguised 991 GT3 RS, the even more hardcore version of the already rabid ‘ordinary’ 991 GT3. Quite a spot given that the RS won’t be officially revealed for some time yet.

Watch CAR’s video of the regular Porsche 991 GT3 RS versus Ferrari’s 458 Speciale here

2015 Porsche 991 GT3 RS: vents ahoy!

Like the prototype spied at the Nurburgring, there’s a frankly enormous wing above a secondary ducktail spoiler at the rear and a snowplough-esque chin spoiler at the front, joined by some very serious looking vents on top of the front wheelarches, this time unfettered by disguise panels. A bit like those the old TVR Sagaris sported but had to be filled in because they threw gravel everywhere. No doubt Porsche has thoroughly engineered around that, though.

All the other bits we’ve learnt from the patent images and scale model are there too, like the raised sections of roof to accommodate helmeted heads and a dip in the centre of the bonnet.

Those wheels don’t half look light. You can see plenty of those track-ready brakes through the stick-thin spokes.

A power output of around 500bhp is anticipated from the 3.8-litre flat-six powerplant, trumping the 496bhp of the regular 991 GT3, and running through a seven-speed dual-clutch PDK ’box as the only transmission option.

Click here for more of what we know so far about the 2015 Porsche 991 GT3

Anything else we can learn from johan9ff?

According to his comments on one of his photos it seems the RS pictured was fitted with the steering wheel from the Porsche 918 Spyder trimmed in alcantara with a yellow top centre marker and similar seats.

The car appears wider than the regular 991 GT3, he says, and fitted with ultra-long side mirrors accordingly. Makes sense – sources suggest the RS shares the widest body in the 991 range with the Turbo, while the regular GT3 makes do with the middling-width Carrera 4’s shell.

Looks like an ‘incredible thing’, he concludes. We’re inclined to agree.

Read CAR’s review of the regular, non-RS Porsche 911 GT3 here

By James Taylor

CAR's deputy features editor, automotive design graduate, Radical champ

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