Porsche takes their 911 GT3 from the track to the street and keeps much of its high performance dynamism.
Racing elements like a carbon fiber rear wing and lightweight front fascia and the front spoiler are designed to optimize airflow. The rear end with exhaust air openings and a new diffusor also aid aerodynamics and efficiency.
The impressive 911 GT3 has premium motorsport features in a street-legal whip. The 2018 911 GT3 boasts a naturally aspirated 4.0 liter flat six engine with a whopping 500 horsepower, 339 lb-ft of torque and a top speed of 197 mph!
The flat-six engine the same in all 911 race cars, including the 911 GT3 R and 911 RSR. With the standard seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (PDK) specifically constructed and tuned for the GT3, the 3,153 pound two-seater accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds.
The redesigned chassis with Rear Axle Steering and systematic lightweight construction is specifically tuned to produce superior driving dynamics in conjunction with the naturally aspirated engine. And the 911 GT3 has a power-to-weight ratio of 6.4 lbs/hp.
Porsche will also offer the 911 GT3 with a six-speed manual transmission. With this transmission, the 911 GT3 weighs in at 3,116 pounds, allowing it to achieve a top track speed of 198 miles per hour and hit 60 mph in 3.8 seconds.
The chassis of the new 911 GT3 benefits from Porsche motorsport racing experience, and it has been tuned for improved handling and driving dynamics. The chassis and active Rear Axle Steering offer superlative handling characteristics.
Depending upon the speed, the rear wheels are steered either in the opposite or the same direction as the front wheels, improving the vehicle’s agility and stability. The dynamic engine mounts and the rear locking differential, both fitted as standard, also boost the car’s driving dynamics.
The interior of the new 911 GT3 is designed to underscore the exciting driving experience. The GT Sport steering wheel was taken straight from the 918 Spyder. The Sport Seats Plus feature enhanced bolsters for increased lateral support.
There are two other seat options available for the 911 GT3. The Adaptive Sport Seats Plus offers an 18-way electric adjustment along with a power steering column and seat memory. Full Bucket Seats with electric height adjustment and a fixed carbon fiber reinforced backrest are also available. The rear seats are omitted on GT variants to save weight.
The 911 GT3 has the familiar Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system that includes a navigation system with real-time traffic information and the Connect Plus Module with Apple Car Play.
The Porsche Track Precision App is also standard allowing drivers to display, record, and analyze detailed driving data on a smartphone.
The 2018 911 GT3 goes on the sale in the US in the fall for $143,600. The new 911 GT3 will be manufactured on the same production line as the 911 GT3 Cup racecars.
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– 3/17/2017, Porsche US