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2013 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racer revealed

Not exactly sexy, but certainly functional...

Porsche has officially revealed the 2013 911 GT3 Cup at the company's "Night of Champions” celebration.

Forming the basis for the upcoming 911 GT3, the Cup features an evolutionary design with a new front bumper that has a front splitter and carbon fibre canards. There's also a massive carbon fibre rear wing, a centre-mounted dual exhaust system and single-piece racing wheels with wider Michelin racing slicks.

We’re not sure if it’s just the graphics used on this example, but the rear end looks very badly proportioned to us - very low and flat. Luckily the road car can’t have anywhere near as flared arches so it should look much better.

The driver-focused cockpit has a flat-bottomed steering wheel, an angled centre stack and a digital instrument cluster. There's also a newly-developed racing seat, an improved roll cage and a roof "rescue hatch" that allows for easy extrication of the driver in the event of a crash.

Power is provided by a development of the old Metzger 3.8-litre flat-six engine that develops 460 bhp. It is connected to a six-speed transmission, operated via steering wheel-mounted shift paddles. Interestingly the 911 GT3 road car won’t use the legendary Metzger engine, instead a variation of the normal 911’s engine will be used for the first time. Also, for the first time the PDK gearbox will be offered – we hope as an option, not as the only choice.

According to Porsche works driver Timo Bernhard, “The new 911 GT3 Cup is much easier to drive at the limit. The car is excellently balanced. The new axle geometry is enormously positive for the handling. Apart from that, the new Cup 911 is great fun to drive.”

The 911 GT3 Cup will be priced from €181,200 (excluding VAT) and will compete exclusively in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in 2013.

Images and video courtesy of Porsche


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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more