Launched! Porsche’s new GT3


You gotta love the Geneva Motor Show! It’s “unveilings” galore. Porsche took the wraps off its latest GT3, with its new aerodynamic body inclusive of a more aggressive front bumper, additional air intakes and fixed carbon fiber rear wing.


Using the Carrera S 3.8-liter engine as a basis, the GT3 receives 468bhp (39bhp more than its predecessor) and 324lb-ft. The car is also capable of redlining at 9000rpm, which is 500rpm more than the outgoing GT3. How fast to 100km/h from a standstill? 3.5 seconds. All this power moves the rear wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, which can be actuated via steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. There will sadly be no manual option.


Technology will have more input in this model than the previous GT3, definitely a sour point for some enthusiasts. Porsche is introducing a 4-wheel steer system that angles the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the front wheels at speeds of up to approx. 50km/h assisting with quicker corner entry. At speeds above 80km/h, the rear wheels steer in parallel to the front wheels to help improve stability.


With a Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time of under 7 minutes and 30 seconds, the GT3 is a force to be reckoned with. Before, it was all up to the driver to make it happen. Now, you have a computer aiding your shifts and helping you steer. Though it might not be for the purists, you know this 991-model GT3 is going to open up a whole new market for Porsche.

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