Here’s another piece of news of a car that will be available here soon. Porsche has a new 911 GT3 to top its previous version. The latest one is the seventh edition of its high-performance sports car. It is also developed in close collaboration with Porsche Motorsport, blending racing technology into a production model even more consistently than before.
For example, the double wishbone front axle layout, and swan neck rear wing and diffuser originate from the successful 911 RSR GT race car. The 4.0L 6-cylinder boxer engine, with 510 PS and 469 Nm, is based on the drivetrain of the 911 GT3 R, tried and tested in endurance racing. This acoustically impressive, high-revving engine is also used practically unchanged in the new 911 GT3 Cup.
With this drivetrain, and the improvements applied, the new 911 GT3 is even faster than the previous 911 GT3 RS. It can do a 0 – 100 km/h sprint in 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of 320 km/h (318 km/h with PDK). Yes, Porsche is offering the new model with a six-speed manual transmission for the purists, though I find that the PDK is no second fiddle in many circumstances.
Porsche Motorsport had contributed its racing knowledge and experience to the aerodynamics of the 911 GT3. One of the notable designs is the swan neck rear wing that generates significantly more downforce without impacting the car’s drag coefficient. In the performance position, the manually set wing and diffuser elements significantly increase the aerodynamic pressure for high cornering speeds. This is, however, reserved strictly for outings on the circuit.
During final testing, it lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife by over 17 seconds quicker than its predecessor. Development driver Lars Kern took just 6:59.927 minutes for a full 20.8-kilometre lap. The shorter 20.6-kilometre track, which had previously served as a benchmark, was completed by the 911 GT3 in 6:55.2 minutes. Running on the optionally available Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres, the new model consistently delivered its performance over several laps in the expert hands of Porsche brand ambassador Jörg Bergmeister. For Bergmeister, it is “by far the best production car” that the experienced professional driver has ever driven in the “Green Hell”.
Despite a wider body, larger wheels and additional technical features, the new 911 GT3 weighs similar to its predecessor. With manual gearbox it weighs 1,418 kg, and with PDK 1,435 kg. Weight savings is done with the use of carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) for the front bonnet, lightweight glass windows, optimised brake discs and forged light-alloy wheels. The lightweight sports exhaust system further reduces the weight by no less than 10 kg. With infinitely electrically adjustable exhaust flaps, it harmonises a highly emotional sound experience with the Euro 6d ISC FCM (EU6 AP) emissions standard. The combined consumption of the 911 GT3 is 13.3 litres/100 km (PDK 12.4).
The cockpit of the 911 GT3 is in line with the current model generation. A new feature is the track screen: at the touch of a button, it reduces the digital displays to the left and right of the central rev counter, which reaches up to 10,000 revs, to supply essential information such as tyre pressure, oil pressure, oil temperature, fuel level and water temperature. It also includes a visual shift assistant with coloured bars to the left and right of the rev counter and a shift light derived from Porsche Motorsport.
Especially for the Porsche GT models, customers are increasingly requesting customised equipment. For this reason, the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur range is also available for the new 911 GT3 and is supplemented by GT 3-specific options such as a lightweight roof made of exposed carbon fibre. Other highlights include exterior mirror tops made of carbon, darkened LED matrix main headlights and matching Exclusive design rear lights with an arc of light with no red components. Guards Red or Shark Blue painted wheel rims enhance the black alloy wheels. In the interior, equipment details such as the dials for the rev counter and Sport Chrono stopwatch, seatbelts and trim strips set elegant accents in the body colour or other desired colour.
As exclusive as the 911 GT3 itself is the individual chronograph that Porsche Design offers exclusively to customers of the high-performance sports car. Like its motorised role model, it boasts a dynamic design, consistent performance and high-quality workmanship. Its housing reflects its Motorsport genes. Just like the connecting rods of the GT3 engine, it consists of robust, lightweight titanium. The timepiece is powered by an individual winding rotor reminiscent of the wheels of the 911 GT3. The coloured ring of the dial can be customised in the paint colours of the 911 GT3.
The new 911 GT3 is now available for pre-order at all Porsche Centres nationwide.