Geneva International Motor Show delivered us a boat load of awesome cars to look forward to, but one of the most talked about is this, the new Porsche 911 GT3. (We even put a video at the bottom of the article for you)
A car built to be as home on the race track as it is on the road, the new GT3 is packed with everything not just the Porsche enthusiast will love, but anyone who has high-octane running through their veins.
Weighing in at just 1,430kg with a full tank, the 368kW 4.0L flat-six will rocket you from 0-100km/h in just 3.4 seconds, thanks to the lightning quick PDK seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
But for those of us who like to live dangerously, we can opt for the traditional, albeit old-fashioned, six-speed h-pattern manual box. 0-100km/h slows to a measly 3.9 seconds, but you can still take it all the way to 11, and top out the speedo at a blistering 320km/h – 2km/h faster than the auto.
Whilst, as with most vehicles in the 911 range, the styling isn’t dramatically different to the Carrera, it’s the subtle things that make all the difference. The GT3 sits 25mm lower than the Carrera S. It has dynamic engine mounts and a rear diff lock. The giant carbon wing and front splitter have been designed to give optimal downforce and aerodynamic efficiency but the real party piece is the rear axle.
The GT3 comes with active rear axle steering. Porsche describe it “Depending on the speed, it steers either in the opposite or the same direction as the front wheels, thereby improving the vehicle’s agility and stability.” As Keanu Reeves would say, whoa…
So it corners like a go-kart, is fast enough to make your pores bleed yet it uses just 12.7L/100km. Not that fuel consumption matters when you are driving this car, unless you’re an accountant – but then you’d be driving and Audi.
Inside, it’s typical Porsche. The steering wheel comes from the 918 Spyder, there’s a giant tacho in the middle of the dash and the touch screen in the centre console comes straight from Audi, so you know it will work.
If you were wondering what options are available, let me tell you the important ones. The seats. There are only two so you don’t have to worry too much. You can have the standard Porsche Sports seats Plus, but they are a bit run of the mill. You could opt for the sports bucket seats with folding backrest, integrated thorax airbag and manual fore/aft adjustment. But if you’re a real track-going enthusiast who doesn’t mind a rough ride on their day-to-day journeys, you should tick the box for the full bucket seats, made from light carbon fibre-reinforced plastic in carbon-weave finish.
Oh, and don’t forget the app. It’s free when you purchase your GT3. In addition to the standard sat-nav, you also get the Connect Plus module and the Track Precision app. The Track Precision app enables you to display, record and analyse detailed driving data on your smart phone. CAMS timing officials are out of a job…
But what will all this cost you? Well, it will start from $327,100 MRLP* and go up from there – probably a bit if you choose the bucket seats. Porsche are taking orders now and deliveries are expected to begin late 2017 – just in time for Christmas!