Porsche recently facelifted the 991-generation 911, so now it's time for the company to start bringing out new versions of its 911 racers. Everyone's waiting for its new GTE race car–which is rumored to be mid-engined–but the new 911 GT3 Cup is the first one to debut. The GT3 Cup isn't the top-flight 911 racer, but it's Porsche's most popular, so a new one is a big deal.
The New 911 GT3 Cup, which replaces the , had its world premiere at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The Cup gets a new look to reflect the 911 Carrera road car's (somewhat) new face, but it also gets a new engine, a 4.0-liter, naturally aspirated flat-six. Previously, the GT3 Cup's 3.8-liter engine produced 460 horsepower, but the new one makes 485.
Porsche also says its made internal improvements to the motor that contribute to better reliability and more affordable maintenance. The giant rear wing remains unchanged from the previous GT3 Cup, but new front- and rear-facias help generate more downforce than before. A larger rescue hatch in the roof makes driver extrication easier, in case of a potential accident.
Total weight for the GT3 Cup is just 2646 lb, and it costs $220,000. Porsche plans to debut this car next year in its various 911 Cup series held around the world, with wider availability in 2018.
Now, Porsche just needs to show us the GTE. Hopefully it'll arrive soon.