The enriched 4.0-litre engine is expected to be teamed with another revelation for Porsche: a re-introduced six-speed manual gearbox that will be offered alongside a seven-speed PDK automatic.
It means the updated model will diverge from the current GT3, which is available only in two-pedal form.
In other Porsche news, Walter Rohrl, Porsche development driver and brand ambassador, has confirmed that a facelifted 911 GT3 will be revealed at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, packaged with a six-speed manual. He also alluded to the possibility of the 911 R receiving the 4.0-litre flat six unit, with a power output north of 372kW.
The source also claims the 2017 GT3 will come with a choice between a six-speed manual and seven-speed dual clutch PDK transmissions, a first for the GT3. We’ve known a manual version was coming for awhile now, and this news is reassurance you’ll be seeing them on the street soon enough. Provided that it’s a really wealthy street.