Porsche’s naturally aspirated rear-wheel-drive supercar killing track weapon is back with a whole new body and has the performance figures to back it up. Yes, we can only be talking about the all-new 992 generation 911 GT3, and if we’re being honest, it scares us just as much as it excites us!
The GT3’s Performance
The naturally-aspirated flat-six 4.0L engine mounted in the rear puts out a staggering 503 BHP and 347 lb. ft of torque, all revving to a hypnotic limit of 9000rpm This all means that the GT3 goes from 0-60mph in a claimed 3.2 seconds (testing showed it’s much quicker) if equipped with a seven-speed PDK automatic gearbox, or 3.7 seconds for those equipped with the optional six-speed stick shift (when equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires). The manual variant does beat out its automatic brother with a top speed of 199mph and 197mph respectively.
Let’s cut to the chase. If you’re interested in any of Porsche’s GT cars, the most important thing to you is performance, so we’ll start there.
Built Like a Racecar
Under the body of the 911 GT3 you’ll find the usual blend of weight-saving tricks such as deleting the rear seats and using minimal sound-absorbing materials. This leads to the heaviest variant of the GT3 (the PDK automatic) weighing just 3203lbs, down from a standard 911’s 3770lbs.
What’s more surprising about this weight, is that the GT3 keeps the new four-wheel steering system found in other 992 911s. The new wing style, now mounted with a set of swan neck pylons, coupled with some very clever diffusers is claimed by Porsche to offer a 150% increase in downforce over the 991 GT3. However, you will need to pull out your toolbox and manually adjust the front and rear diffusers as well as the wing into the full race spec.
It’s not all stripped-down racecar in the interior. The GT3 keeps its luxury feel by using a beautiful mix of leather and alcantara. The gauge clusters still feature a centralized gauge cluster, with screens on either side. With current legislation stating all-new car’s need to feature a reverse camera, it would have been easy for Porsche to include a cheap radio connected to a screen, but rather the 911 GT3 is equipped with the standard 992 10.1-inch radio which features Apple CarPlay, with an update to include Android Auto in 2022. There will be an option to upgrade the sound system to a full Bose system.
The GT3’s Pricing
Probably the least exciting number attached to the GT3 is the price. Like the 991 GT3, the 992 will be offered in regular GT3 trim, with a starting price of $152,500 for the standard 7-speed PDK automatic, and GT3 Touring trim, with a base price of $183,450.
The GT3 touring loses the aggressive wing and diffusers for an electric spoiler from the 911 turbo and adds some more sound deadening and refinement to the cabin. Porsche has announced that a 992 GT3 RS is in development but has not released any details surrounding it. As soon as we know more, we’ll make sure you do too.
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