Porsche unveils 2012 911 GT3 R

After recently revealing its new 911 GT3 Cup car, Porsche’s 2012 GT3 R race car, also based on the outgoing generation, has now surfaced. Receiving a few nips and tucks for next season, the GT3 R’s 4.0L flat-six unit gets a 20 hp hike, up to 500 hp (368 kW).

Flappy paddles control the six-speed sequential transmission, which receives revised ratios to match the new power output, while an automatic throttle blip control has been added to the car’s software, making it virtually impossible to miss a gear and over-rev the engine.

The chassis has been refined thanks to a slightly softer anti-roll bar on the front axle, which helps to reduce that dreaded understeer.

Priced at € 304,500 (excluding taxes), the new GT3 R will be delivered to teams around the world from November. Owners of 2010 and 2011-specification Porsche 911 GT3 R cars can be upgraded to the 2012-spec. The upgrade kit is available from Porsche Motorsport for € 43,100.

[Source: Porsche]

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