Now that we’ve shown you Ferrari’s new race car for the 2023 FIA Cup Grand Touring Cars Championship World Touring Cup – the 296 GT3, it’s time to check out what Porsche has in its stable. The 2023 911 GT3 R is developed to compete in some of the world’s most prestigious events.

Among those indicated are the 2024 24 Hour of Le Mans, the FIA WEC World Endurance Championship, and the North American IMSA series. The racer draws influences from the 992-generation of the 911 but touts a bigger engine, aggressive aerodynamics, and optimal handling.

Its power plant is a 4.2-liter water-cooled flat-six which is five percent more than the displacement of the outgoing mill. Testing shows that the peak output is somewhere along the range of 557 horsepower. Furthermore, Porsche tunes the 2023 911 GT3 R’s torque and power curve for outstanding performance.

The German carmaker pairs the engine with a six-speed contest-mesh sequential gearbox from the current 911 GT3 Cup. Its advanced double-wishbone features a multi-link rear axle and KW shock absorbers. 2023 911 GT3 R owners have five adjustment settings available that do not need realignment.

Lighter is always better when it comes to a race and Porsche understands what they need to do. Hence, the 2023 911 GT3 R uses an aluminum-steel composite design. While Ferrari’s 296 GT3 opted for their signature red with black elements, Porsche goes for the opposite with a blackout exterior and red trims.

Inside the cockpit is a six-bolt carbon racing seat with a six-point safety harness. “The new 911 GT3 R has big shoes to fill,” says Sales Director at Porsche Motorsport Michael Dreiser. “Its forerunner has won almost everything there is to win in the GT3 scene in four seasons since 2019.”

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