Porsche have decided to answer enthusiasts’ prayers by going all radical with the next generation 911 GT3 as it now comes with a 6-speed manual transmission, apart from the 7-speed dual-clutch PDK gearbox. If that’s music to your ears then the naturally aspirated 493bhp 4-litre flat, six-cylinder engine will certainly catch your attention as the powerplant remains unchanged from the 911 GT3 Cup racing car.
Coming straight to the point, i.e. performance, of course. The automatic version does 0-100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds and boasts a top speed of 318km/h. While the more engaging manual trim does 100 km/h from standstill in 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 320km/h. Well, these figures are very much expected from the 911 GT3 after all its power-to-weight ratio is 2.86 kg/hp.
Flying through bends and staying planted on straights is what the new 911 GT3 does best. Thanks to a redesigned chassis with rear-axle steering and lightweight construction, the new Porsche has even better driving dynamics and handling characteristics. The new two-seater sits around 25 mm lower than the 911 Carrera S. With dynamic engine mounts and the rear differential lock, this gives the 911 GT3 a boost in the driving dynamics department.
This road-approved sportscar has an imposing carbon rear wing, which increases its downforce. The lightweight front end and front spoiler have been optimised for an even better airflow. Further aerodynamic enhancements are very much noticeable on the lightweight rear end with exhaust air openings and on the new diffusor.
The new 911 GT3 sports steering wheel with a diameter of 360 mm, which is borrowed from the 918 Spyder. The Porsche Sports seats Plus get enhanced seat side bolsters and mechanical fore/aft adjustment. The seat height and backrests are adjusted electronically. Porsche offers three additional seat variants for the 911 GT3 : The adaptive Sports seats Plus boast electrical adjustment of all seat functions (18-way). The second option is sports bucket seats with folding backrest, integrated thorax airbag and manual fore/aft adjustment. The third variant is full bucket seats made from light carbon fibre-reinforced plastic in carbon-weave finish.
Now here comes the good news. If you really fancy the new 911 GT3 then you can order one right now before its September launch in India. The 911 GT3’s price starts from ?2.19 crore (ex-showroom, Maharashtra).