Porsche revealed the new racing version of the recently introduced 911 GT3 for the new season of GT and endurance series. Succeeding the 911 GT3 Cup S, the new car promises better drivability and easier handling. GT3 R is powered by a four-liter six-cylinder boxer, which is tuned to deliver 480 bhp (353 kW), 30 more than the Cup model, and is equipped with a racing six-speed sequential gearbox.
The car is based on the based on the extra-wide body of the 911 GT3 RS, but it weights only 1,200 kg or 2,646 lb.The 911 GT3 has always been one of the coolest looking GT racers thanks to its wide bdoy, massively flared wheelarches, and the huge rear wing. The new model also gets LED rear light clusters, just like the production cars.
It features some new driving-aid stuff such as anti-lock brake system (ABS), traction control and an e-gas with “throttle-blip” function, so Porsche believes it will be easier for rookie drivers to get used to it.
The new Porsche 911 GT3 R is making its world debut on 14 January 2010 at the Birmingham Motor Show, and private teams may now place their orders for 279,000 euros plus local sales tax/VAT, but deliveries will start in Spring 2010.