Porsche 911 GT3
A truly ultimate driving experience
Prices start £100,540
When you buy a new Porsche 911, it’s important to be clear about exactly what kind of 911 you are looking for. Take a look at Porsche’s website and you’ll find twenty five different variants of the 911 to choose from.
Each is different in character and performance, so choose carefully according to your needs. If that happens to be ‘a need for speed’ then the new 911 GT3 strikes that fine balance between seriously hard core driving and normal day to day use.
Pause for thought though, for even the basic entry-level 911 is a seriously honed high performance car with exceptional handling and performance by any standards; the GT3 you see here is the ‘serious one’, the one for the committed driver, exceeded in driving purpose only by the recently launched no-compromise GT3 RS.
Don’t you just love it though – blessed with the DNA of know-how, race-bred performance, and quality; it’s seductive ‘no messing’, yet subtly understated looks evolve more on account of this heady combination of credibility rather than the romanticism of design.
The GT3’s USP shows the minute you lift your bum ‘over and into’ the specially crafted sports seats, hugging you tightly, their limited adjustability a reminder that driving (hard) is the primary purpose of this tool. Ahead is a surprisingly (but appropriately) large diameter alcantara wrapped sports steering wheel with additional functions limited only to horn and paddle shift. The dashboard is outdated by today’s standards, and thoroughly in need of a new eye, but 911 dashboard designs are traditionally retained for many years, whilst 911 engineering development moves on at a pace. Us driving enthusiasts have no problem with that do we?
The engine is a given; very powerful, raucious and fast (see spec). Great as the engine is, it is the handling of this car, the grip from those amazing Michelin Cup 2 tyres, and the seamless magic of the seven speed sequential gearbox that turn this GT3 from ‘very good’ to ‘brilliant’. This formula combined enables the GT3 to eat fast B roads and race circuits as if each were made only for this car, and it does both with absolute brilliance and mastery. It is the GT benchmark for the requisite combination of grip, power, and agility that make for a truly ultimate driving experience; involving, emotional, precise….exciting.
And before you ask, yes of course there are faster cars, the amazing Ferrari 458 Speciale being one of them, but then Porsche’s answer to that one is the new GT3 RS. All we can say is, Supercar owners have never had it better…
Engine Type: 6 cylinders. Engine Capacity: 3,799 cm3. Maximum Power: 475 hp @ 8,250 rpm. Maximum Torque: 440 Nm @ 6,250 rpm. Transmission: 7-Speed PDK. Weight: DIN Unladen 1,430 kg. Max Permissible: 1,720kg. Top Speed: 196 mph. 0-62 mph: 3.5 secs. Fuel Consumption: Urban 15.0 mpg (18.9 l/100km) Extra Urban 32.0 mpg (8.9 l/100km) Combined 23.0 mpg (12.4 l/100km). CO2 Emissions: 289 g/km
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