Porsche’s Race Car For The Street: The 911 GT3
At the top of Porsche's motorsport models resides the 911 GT3. The GT3 badge began life back in 2003 when Porsche was considering FIA GT racing in a class called GT3, hence its name. Porsche also developed an extreme version called the GT3 RS, homologated for racing and use on the race track.
The 911 GT3 is the more user-friendly, road-going version being less extreme in power and aerodynamic aids. The latest 911 GT3 (Type 992) is the sixth generation in a long line of GT3s and it is adorned with more aggressive aerodynamic addenda as modern aerodynamics begin to play an increasingly important role in helping the 911 GT3 achieve the quickest lap-time at the race track.
It might be a matter of taste but the added wings, spoilers and ducts can appear rather flashy and to this end, Porsche has made a pared-down version without the wings called the GT3 Touring. However, for the client who insists on having the maximum performance, the GT3 RS with its even larger wings and better performance is just months from being launched.
Though Porsche has embarked on the path to electrification, the latest 911 GT3 is not an electric vehicle (EV). Instead it represents the very height of development of the naturally aspirated petrol engine. The 4-litre flat-six engine is tuned to deliver 510 hp at 8400 rpm and makes a sonorous exhaust note that is unmatched by any turbocharged engine. It is the pièce de résistance of the GT3 and is the most enticing feature of the car.
Porsche has announced that the 911 model range will be the last to be electrified as it is a highly emotional ownership proposition thanks to the wonderful flat-six engine and PDK gearbox. Porsche has been constantly updating and developing its 911 line and the GT3 is representative of the best that can be achieved at the present time.
With the ability to reach 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds and attain a top speed of 314 km/h, the GT3 is a very serious sports car and it is not surprising that it has garnered a huge following over the years.
The latest 911 GT3 is now available at the local Porsche showroom and despite a substantial price tag of $724,888 before options and COE, it has not deterred enthusiastic buyers from placing bookings for this much sought-after 911.