Porsche’s latest “precision tool for the race track” is detailed in the latest clip filmed on the company’s test track in Weissach. The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup was officially unveiled today, and the Porscheophiles they will be pleased to have yet another different 911 variant as we are well on our way to top the 21 models created for the 6th generation of the car. The new edition of the 911 GT3 Cup is the motorsports version of the future 911 GT3 and as such is the first race car that is based on the seventh generation of the sports car. The 911 GT3 Cup will be run exclusively in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in 2013.
The GT3 Cup provides us with a very good idea of what the series-production version of the 911 GT3 will look like. It makes use of the clean lines of this 991-generation and is relatively easily differentiated from its 997-based predecessor. The race car is powered by a naturally aspirated 3.8-liter flat-six that produces 460 hp at 7500 rpm. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels through Porsche’s own six-speed manual transmission, which is operated by paddle shifters rather than the traditional stick. Does this mean that the road going, series-production GT3 will get a similar transmission? No. Our intelligence tells us that it will get a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic instead; the 911 Carrera’s seven-speed manual could be offered as well, but no six-speed stick.
Porsche has yet to confirm when the street-legal version of this racecar, the 911 GT3, will go on sale. Teams looking to get their hands on one of these new GT3 Cup cars must first come up with around $250,000 Canadian bucks, which is not bad for a race car of the 911’s DNA.
Learn all about the GT3 Cup cars features and how they parallel the street legal version of the car in the below video.