The lightly camouflaged prototype snapped by CarAdvice’s photographers shares much with the recently released GT3, including its aggressive front and rear bumpers, deep side skirts and fixed rear wing.
While wider front and rear guards can clearly be seen, along with large air intakes for the likely twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre flat-six engine, the GT2 also employs a twin-exit exhaust system mirroring the naturally aspirated GT3 rather than the 911 Turbo’s split quad-pipe design.
Power is expected to be boosted past the Turbo’s 383kW and Turbo S’s 412kW to closer to 420kW.
Though this will still be sent solely to the rear wheels – following GT2 tradition –the employment of the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission used exclusively in the new 911 Turbo and GT3, will mark the first-ever non-manual version of the model that began with the 993 GT2 in 1999.
While jettisoning the Turbo’s four-wheel-drive system can reduce overall grip, it also reduces weight. This should help the GT2 pip the Turbo to 100km/h, likely hitting three figures in less than three seconds.
A speculated top speed of around 325km/h would also give the 911 GT2 the edge over its sibling.
With the Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S models due on Australian shores later in the year, followed soon after by the GT3, expect to see the new GT2 in 2014.