As planned, Porsche has just revealed the new Porsche 911 GT3. The seventh edition of this sports car has been developed in close collaboration with Porsche motorsport, the brand’s competition department. The transfer of true racing technology to a series production model is greater than has ever been done before.
The overlapping dual wishbones scheme on the front axle and sophisticated aerodynamics, with a large gooseneck anchored rear spoiler and massive diffuser, come from its successful track brother, the 911 RSR.
In addition, the six-cylinder four-liter boxer engine, with a power of 510 hp (375 kW), is based on the one used in the 911 GT3 R, extensively tested and improved in endurance racing.
The character that distinguishes the 911 GT3 is based on the sum of all its special features. With a maximum speed of 320 km / h (318 km / h with PDK), is even faster than the previous 911 GT3 RS, and accelerates 0 to 100 km / h in 3.4 seconds. Porsche also offers the new model with a six-speed manual gearbox, to make the driving experience even purer.
With sophisticated aerodynamics that benefits from racing experience, the GT3 generates much more downforce with little effect on its coefficient of wind resistance. In the maximum performance position, the manually adjustable spoiler and diffuser significantly increase downforce in high-speed corners. This configuration is reserved for the track only, as that is where the 911 GT3 can show its full potential.
From Porsche we have been told that in mythical Nürburgring Nordschleife, the model has set an impressive record: during the final phase of its tuning, the 911 GT3 has become the first series production model with a naturally aspirated engine to drop below the seven-minute mark. Development pilot Lars Kern scored attime of 6: 59.927 minutes in a complete lap of the 20.8 kilometer track.
Footwear with optional tires Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R, the new model demonstrated its excellent performance over several laps, with Jörg Bergmeister.
With a wider body, larger wheels and other technical extras, the weight of the new GT3 is the same as its predecessor. Equipped with the manual gearbox it weighs 1,418 kilograms, while with the PDK transmission it remains at 1,435 kilograms. The front hood made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), lightweight glass windows, optimized brakes and alloy wheels keep weight at bay, as does the rear seat compartment cover. The sports exhaust system also reduces the weight by around ten kilograms.
The combined fuel consumption of the 911 GT3 is 13.3 liters / 100 km (PDK 12.4).
The interior maintains the line of the current generation models. A new element is the track display: at the touch of a button, it reduces the digital panel located to the left and right of the central rev counter (which reaches the 10,000 rpm mark), to display information such as the tire pressure, oil temperature and pressure, fuel level and water temperature, all essential for driving on the track. It also includes a visual gear change assistant, with a colored bar that lights up from left to right of the tachometer, a further element derived from competition.
The new 911 GT3 also has the wide range of options it offers Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, and which is completed with some specific ones for this vehicle, such as the lightweight roof made of exposed carbon fiber. Other highlights include the carbon upper part of the exterior mirrors or the darkened matrix LED main headlights, matching the Exclusive design taillights, with a light arc without red components.
The final price of the new Porsche 911 GT3 is 192,134 euros. Deliveries will begin in May 2021.