Porsche 911 GT3: Type 997
By Jay Williams - 30/January/2009
Porsche 911 GT3: Type 997
The facelifted Porsche 911 GT3 is tailor made
for the race track, but is also a road legal coupe
The Porsche GT3 is a stripped down, light weight,
sports car created to deliver a visceral experience
As well as being fast, the GT3 looks awesome
The GT3's engine propels it from 0-100km/h in 4.1secs
That's a nice looking rump
Stuttgart, Germany – Bringing a bit of German firepower to Switzerland, Porsche's new
track devil will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2009.
The new-look Porsche 911 GT3 will be showcasing many of the subtle exterior updates the 997 models have received.
with a revised front bumper that comes with a lower diffuser, modified
bi-xenon headlights and some huge air intakes, the new model looks
Move to the rear of the car you will notice the
redesigned LED taillights, a new rear bumper and a massive rear spoiler
which sees the Porsche GT3 gain increased grip and stability at high
speeds thanks to the added downforce.
aspirated flat-six engine has gained 200cc and is now pounding out
320kW, up almost 15kW over the previous model. I know this doesn't
sound like much power (the FPV GT-P makes almost as much grunt with its 315kW) but the key to the 911 GT3's speed is it's light weight.
It's been on a diet of carbon fibre, aluminium and ceramic composites, so that each one of the 320 kilowatts is put to good use.
spinning rear-mount boxer engine sends this track demon from 0-100km in
just 4.1 seconds, with a top speed of 312km/h.
is no mention of the dual clutch PDK gearbox for the
new rear-wheel drive GT3 model in the press release. It was
probably too heavy to be included in this model so it seems like it's a
6-speed manual or nothing (which pretty much adheres to its race-track
With its eye-watering power-to-weight ratio, Porsche has also updated the stability and traction
control systems to help keep all that power on the ground, rather than
being spun up in a smokey conflagration of burnt rubber (but you can
turn it off if you want).
Porsche's new Stability Management
gives the driver the ability to change the GT3 from your daily driver
to a track going race car by the simple push of a button as "For the
first time, the 911 GT3 comes with a particularly sporting variant of
Porsche Stability Management (PSM), offering the facility to deactivate
both Stability Control (SC) and Traction Control (TC) in separate
The press release adds "And to give the driver
unrestricted, individual control over the driving dynamics of his car,
these functions are not reactivated automatically even underthe most extreme driving conditions."
the GT2 delivers twin turbo power, this naturally aspirated 911 GT3
version is the purists choice, putting the power down without any nasty
It's a super hot 44° in Melbourne today (and the air
conditioning in our building has broken down due to burst water mains
in the city - hurrah!) and my brain is hurting, so here's the full
Top performer on the road with ambitions on the track - new Porsche 911 GT3 to debut in Geneva
new Porsche 911 GT3, which will make its world debut at the Geneva
Motor Show on March 3 2009, is the latest evolution of an iconic sports
car. Embodying the essence of more than 23,000 Porsche racing
victories, the 911 GT3 is the ultimate integration of driver and car
and arrives in the UK this autumn.
developing the second generation of the Type 997 911 GT3 into the most
sporting and dynamic road-going 911 ever with a naturally-aspirated
power unit, Porsche has applied a wide range of know-how gained in
motor sport. Indeed, this is precisely why the new GT3 is truly
impressive not only on the road, but also on the race track.
911 GT3 offers an even higher standard above all in two key areas:
performance and driving dynamics. The proven six-cylinder naturally
aspirated power unit now develops a maximum output of 435 hp (320 kW),
up 20 hp over its predecessor. This results first and foremost from an
increase in engine capacity by 200cc to 3.8-litres and from improved
cylinder head gas flow: now not only the intake, but for the first time
also the exhaust camshafts, are adjusted by VarioCam.
further important point is that, through its upgraded power and
performance, the flat six ‘boxer' engine also offers a
significant increase in torque at medium engine speeds, a benefit of
particular significance in everyday motoring. Clearly, this also means
a further improvement in performance; the new GT3 accelerates from a
standstill to 62mph (100km/h) in 4.1 seconds and reaches 99mph
(160km/h) in 8.2 seconds. Top speed is 194 mph.
second emphasis in developing the 911 GT3 to an even higher standard
was to further improve the car's driving dynamics. For the first time,
the 911 GT3 comes with a particularly sporting variant of Porsche
Stability Management (PSM), offering the facility to deactivate both
Stability Control (SC) and Traction Control (TC) in separate steps. And
to give the driver unrestricted, individual control over the driving
dynamics of his car, these functions are not reactivated automatically
even under the most extreme driving conditions, but only at the touch
of a button.
The new GT3
offers increased grip and stability at high speeds, courtesy of
specific modifications to the car's aerodynamics which have increased
downforce front and rear to such an extent that the overall air
pressure pushing down on the car is more than twice as great as on the
former model. At the same time, the new ‘Aerodynamics Package'
gives the GT3 a distinctive appearance which is further accentuated by
new Bi-Xenon headlights, LED rear light clusters, and modified air
intakes and outlets.
Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) fitted to the 911 GT3 has
enabled Porsche engineers to make the springs and anti-roll bars
stiffer yet again, thus ensuring even more precise handling in the PASM
‘sports' mode. However, the PASM ensures appropriate ride comfort
suitable for everyday use when in the ‘normal' PASM mode. The GT3
rides on new, lighter wheels in a racing-inspired design - with a
centre locking nut - fitted with ultra-high performance (UHP) tyres.
Tyre pressure monitoring is fitted as standard.
driving dynamics and performance increasing to an even higher level,
following Porsche tradition the braking system has also been enhanced
accordingly on the new 911 GT3. The brakes now feature larger friction
discs and an aluminium cover to reduce un-sprung weight further still.
Brake ventilation has been improved, which guarantees a higher level of
consistent stopping power over long periods. As an option, the GT3
comes as before with an exclusive version of the Porsche Ceramic
Composite Brakes (PCCB) made specifically for this model.
the car even more suitable for the race track, the new 911 GT3 will be
available with the option of new and highly innovative Porsche Active
Drivetrain Mount (PADM) engine mountings. These special engine mounts
recognise a particularly sporting, race-like style of driving, making
the normally ‘elastic' engine mounts harder and particularly
resistant. This retains all the motoring comfort of the GT3 in everyday
traffic, while on the race track the effect of the mass forces coming
from the engine is much reduced, particularly in fast bends and on
winding tracks. Yet a further advantage is improved traction when
accelerating from a standstill.
new feature is the optional lift system for the front axle which is
able to increase the ground clearance of the car, at the touch of a
button, for driving on bumpy surfaces or steep gradients - for example
into an underground garage - by 30 millimetres (approx 1.2 inches).
new Porsche 911 GT3 goes sale in the United Kingdom and Ireland from
autumn 2009, priced from £81,914. Further specifications and
technical details will be confirmed nearer to launch.
to every 911 GT3 is a Porsche Vehicle Tracking System (VTS), a
sophisticated vehicle security package approved to Thatcham Category 5
standard, and customers will also be able to explore the potential of
their new car by participating in a complimentary course at the new
Porsche Driving Experience Centre, Silverstone.
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