The mid-engine race machine should be ready for Daytona 24 Hours in January next year.
We are eager to find out if rumors for a mid-engine monster from many different sources are true. Word on the street says the vehicle will receive a biturbo, flat-six engine, but we will have to wait two more days to see if that’s the case.
Last month we saw the vehicle testing at the Sebring International Raceway, where Porsche was putting the finishing touches. The spy video revealed we will be dealing with a wide race car with no rear window, and a new twin exhaust system which will replace the center-exit exhaust on the current racer.
Earlier this year, back in May, the 911 RSR was tested at the company’s Weissach headquarters, where multiple drivers got behind the steering wheel.
“It is definitely unusual to put several drivers behind the wheel at a rollout,” then commented Porsche's GT project manager Marco Ujhasi. “But since all of our works drivers are involved in the development of the new car, the ones who could fit it into their schedules came to Weissach and turned a couple of laps.”
While the visual changes might seem minor, according to reports, the new aerodynamic package should create far more downforce, despite the less aggressive rear wing.
Porsche is successfully keeping all the details in secret until the big premiere, and the only thing we know for sure so far is that the track debut of the 911 RSR will happen in January at the Daytona 24 Hours. Shortly after, it will be available in North America’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series, and the Asian Le Mans Series.
Porsche is going to reveal the 911 RSR on November 16 at 10:00 AM (PST time) together with the Panamera Executive models, so stay tuned.
Gallery: Porsche rolls out 911 RSR successor for 2017
World premiere of the Panamera Executive models and the 911 RSR
Stuttgart. At the Los Angeles Auto Show (November 18–27), Porsche is set to light the touch paper for the next stage of the Panamera. At the end of the year, four Executive models will celebrate their world premieres: the Panamera Turbo Executive (404 kW/550 hp), Panamera 4S Executive (324 kW/440 hp), Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Executive (340 kW/462 hp) and Panamera 4 Executive (243 kW/330 hp). One innovation is the basic engine of the four-door models. The fully redesigned 3.0-litre V6 turbo engine is the new entry-level model for the Gran Turismo class, and is used in the Panamera 4 Executive, the Panamera with rear-wheel drive and the Panamera 4 with all-wheel drive. Porsche will also unveil the 911 RSR racing car, yet another world innovation that will compete in the international arena in 2017.
The sportscar manufacturer will present the new, highly luxurious versions, with a wheelbase extended by 150 millimetres, at the Porsche press conference to be held in the Petree Hall at the Convention Center on November 16 at 10:15 a.m. (Pacific Standard Time; 7:15 p.m. CET).
The USA remains one of Porsche’s main sales markets. Up to and including October 2016, the sportscar manufacturer delivered 178,314 vehicles around the world, representing a three-percent increase over the same period in the previous year. This success can be attributed to the excellent reputation the company enjoys among its customers: In 2016, Porsche once again triumphed in the overall classification of the renowned J.D. Power APEAL study conducted by the US market research institute J.D. Power. In addition, the Porsche 911, Boxster and Macan achieved first place in their respective categories.