Money can’t buy you happiness, but enough of it can get you a 992-series Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (likely north of $200,000, if the current GT3 Cup is anything to go by). The upcoming race-ready twin to the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 is due to debut this March at the Porsche Carrera Cup North America race at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida. While Porsche’s mum on many of the details of its new rear-engined racer, the German brand is sharing images of the vehicle as it undergoes development. The lack of information comes as no surprise, really, given Porsche’s remaining pretty tight-lipped about the Cup’s street-legal GT3 counterpart, as well.
Predictably, the new GT3 Cup ought to improve upon the performance of its predecessor. Testing of the new car began in mid-2019 with the completion of the first test car, which Porsche promptly sent to its test track at its research and development center in Weissach, Germany.
One year later, and after thousands of miles of testing at various international tracks, Porsche built its first pre-production GT3 Cup car. This second car was tasked with completing long-run testing, presumably to ensure the car’s reliability over miles and hours of racing.
If the smattering of information our colleagues at MotorTrend gleaned during their ride in the 2022 911 GT3 holds true to its Cup counterpart, then we expect the latest iteration of the naturally aspirated Porsche racer to carry over its predecessor’s 485-hp 4.0-liter flat-six engine and six-speed sequential transmission. The big changes ought to affect the Cup car’s handling and aerodynamics. Like the 2022 GT3, the GT3 Cup surely welcomes the 911 RSR-derived multi-link front suspension of its street-legal sibling.
Images released by Porsche of the new GT3 Cup, meanwhile, show the racer adopting a variant of the 2022 GT3’s big rear wing, replete with stanchions, and ditching the ram-air-style deck lid scoop of yore for a duck-tail rear spoiler. Not everything about the GT3 Cup is analogous to the standard 911 GT3, and the track car sports distinct features such as rear-fender-mounted intakes, a NACA-style hood duct, even wider fender flares, and typical race car items like a full roll cage, a single racing seat, vented rear windows, and more.
Much like the 2022 911 GT3, the GT3 Cup promises next-level performance and driving-engagement from the latest generation of Porsche 911. In the case of the GT3 Cup, though, the experience is likely limited to the lucky individuals who have the means to afford and maintain a Porsche race car, or the on-track skills to earn a place behind the wheel of one.