The Porsche 911 GT3 continues to define what a driver’s car truly is. Today, it celebrates 20 years of setting the standard.
The first Porsche 911 GT3 was revealed to the world on the Geneva Motor Show stage back in March of 1999. It had big shoes to fill as it became the spiritual successor to the legendary Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7. As we all know, it did not fail in its task.
When a car is touted to be co-developed by two-time World Rally Champion Walter Röhrl, we immediately assume that the car will be fantastic. And we’re right. Mr. Röhrl played an important part in bringing the Porsche 911 GT3 to the masses but he wasn’t alone.
A gentleman by the name of Roland Kussmaul, now retired, was a rallye driver, race engineer and head of the Zuffenhausen performance department for Porsche. He may not be as well known as Röhrl but we suggest you scoot on over to his Wikipedia page and read up on him. Not only did he work on the GT3 but also developed a car you may have heard of: The Porsche Carrera GT.
Back in 1999, the 996 generation of the Porsche 911 served as the basis for what was to become the first in a long line of some of, if not the, best driving cars in the world. The 996 GT3 featured a water-cooled 3.6-litre flat 6-cylinder boxer engine that produced 360PS. That guy, Röhrl, had lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in less than eight minutes before the car hit the market. The Porsche 911 GT3 legend was already born.
Since then, the 911 GT3 has returned with every subsequent generation of the 911 starting with the water-cooled 997 GT3. Its power grew to 381PS and the car could now be spec’d with the company’s Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB). Power, performance and handling have shot up with every new iteration of the GT3. The latest generation 991.2 GT3 boasts a normally aspirated 500PS 4.0-litre flat 6-cylinder boxer engine and unmatched dynamics.
The 992 Porsche 911 GT3 will be with us shortly and we expect nothing short of the best-of-the-best for this highly-prized road-going race car.
Fun fact: Roughly 80% of all Porsche 911 GT3s built and sold since 1999 are regularly driven on a track.