With the introduction of the 991 generation 911 GT3, Porsche had a real winner on their hands. The car looked good, had a fantastic engine, and delivered startling performance, especially when considering its price. It was a car loved by critics and consumers alike, many of which struggled to find significant faults. The only major complaint was the lack of a manual transmission, as the only option was Porsche’s 7-speed PDK. Now, as the 991 generation 911 has received a thorough refresh, the GT3 has also received some noticeable updates. This is the new, better than ever 991.2 Porsche 911 GT3.
The GT3 is powered a 4.0 liter, naturally aspirated flat-six engine. This is a step up from the previous 3.8 and boasts a redline all the way up at 9,000 rpm. This GT3 is capable of 493 horsepower and 339 lb ft of torque which is sent to the rear wheels through either a dual-clutch or manual transmission. 0-60 happens in 3.2 seconds for the PDK and 3.8 for the six-speed as the car rockets towards its 198 mph top speed. Porsche has a habit of nailing it with their GT-series cars, and this new GT3 is shaping up to be another hit.
On the styling front, the 991.2 GT3 features a variety of tweaks that distinguish it from its predecessor. The front bumper has a more aggressive setup than before, and the wheels now feature an optional pin striping. The rear wing dominates the car’s back end, and is now larger than ever. New fixed intakes below the wing feed air into the rear-mounted engine to maximize cooling. The new look is driven by aerodynamics in the endless pursuit of higher performance. Also aiding performance are features like four wheel steering and a limited-slip differential.
This GT3 seems to tick every box on the checklist. It looks good, it’s fast, it’s capable, and it seems destined to provide a thrilling driving experience. For $145,000, there are very few cars that will provide the same fix of adrenaline and excitement. I’m very excited to see these hit the streets later this year. For the rest of the Geneva Motor Show’s big reveals, stay tuned to Oh So Lofty.