Porsche may delay GT3 RS launch after 911 GT3 recall image

Porsche AG, the maker of the iconic 911 sports car, may delay the introduction of the 911 GT3 RS top version, after the company started to recall all of the 911 GT3 vehicles from the current model year.

Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller refused to rule out the possibility of moving the launch date.

“We want to make sure that there is no other problem with these engines first”, Mueller said in an interview with Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport magazine.

The upcoming 2015 Porsche GT3 RS is expected to include weight reduction, more power – but for the moment is not clear if the Germans will continue to a manual gearbox in the new GT3 RS. According to some media reports, the new top of the line model is expected to hit 100 km/h in under 3.3 seconds.

Just last week the automaker said the company will replace the engines in all 785 high-performance 911 GT3 models – after two of these vehicles caught fire following an engine failure. Looks like the problem comes “from a loosened screw joint on the connecting rod.”

The loose connecting rod, damaged the crankcase of the vehicle, which in turn resulted in oil leaking and then – fire!.

The 911 GT starts at 137,303 euros ($188,000) in Germany and $130,400 in the U.S.