After much anticipation, Porsche has finally taken the wraps off new 911 GT3, and that is not all. The seventh edition of the high-performance sports car, which was developed in close collaboration with Porsche Motorsport, is actually available for pre-order at Porsche Centres nationwide.
Powering the 992-gen GT3 is a naturally aspirated 4.0-litre flat six engine which produces 510 PS, which makes it the most powerful 911 GT3 to date. With a top speed of 320 km/h (318 km/h with PDK), it is even faster than the previous 911 GT3 RS. Capable of accelerating from zero to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds, the new model also comes with a six-speed manual transmission.
Despite having a wider body, larger wheels, and additional technical features, the weight of the new GT3 is on par with its predecessor. The front bonnet made of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), lightweight glass windows, optimised brake discs and forged light-alloy wheels ensure weight discipline, as does the cover for the rear seat compartment.
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.
And then we have the lightweight sports exhaust system with electrically adjustable flaps which reduces the weight by no less than ten kilograms, the double wishbone front axle layout, the swan neck rear wing and striking diffuser taken from the 911 RSR, as well as the manually set wing and diffuser elements.
During final testing, it lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife, traditionally the ultimate proving ground for all sports cars developed by Porsche, 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”.
Inside, the cockpit is almost identical with the current 992 model generation. A new feature is the track screen, which, at the touch of a button, reduces the digital displays to the left and right of the central rev counter, and display information such as tyre pressure indicator, oil pressure, oil temperature, fuel tank level and water temperature, which are essential when driving on the circuit.
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 Motorsport.
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.
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.