It retains the services of the naturally-aspirated 4.0-litre 6-cylinder Boxer engine.
It’ll clock sub-7-minute Nürburgring Nordschleife laps all day.
This is the closest the 911 GT3 has ever been to its racecar roots.
Porsche has the toughest and easiest job in the world. The Porsche 911 is arguably the most iconic sports car of all time which means the basic formula cannot change, it can only evolve. Within the 911 family, there are a few versions which must remain sacred at nearly all costs. The GT3 is one such iteration which must remain true to its origins and mercifully, it has.
The easy part of the job is pleasing Porsche’s troves and legions of fans the world over. Now, while the Carrera, Targa, and Turbo, to name these, are all fascinating and desirable, the GT cars hold a special place in 911 lore. None more so serves as the 911’s performance driving flagship like the GT3.
Unlike the remainder of the 911s, which all call upon boost for power and efficiency, the 992 GT3 does not. And this is where Porsche separates itself from the countless other supercars as the new GT3 is, once again (hopefully not for the last time…) powered by the incredible naturally-aspirated 9,000-rpm 4.0-litre 6-cylinder Boxer engine which produces 510 horsepower and 347 lb.-ft. of torque, an increase of 10 and 5 respectively.
On so many levels, this could be enough to worship the very existence of the car, which we do, but Porsche did not stop there with the new GT3. Those who crave involvement in the driving experience can still opt for the 6-speed manual transmission (with auto-blip function for the heel & toe challenged…) or the available 7-speed PDK transmission, for when speed is all that matters. With this transmission, the as-always rear-wheel-drive GT3 will crush the 0-100km/h sprint in only 3.4 seconds and reach 200km/h in 10.8 seconds.
While there are sports cars currently available that are as fast, none will sound as knee-jerkingly good as the GT3. None, if less than a handful, will be capable of keeping up with the 911 on a track. For the first time ever, the GT3 will feature the double-wishbone front axle developed for the Le Mans-winning 911 RSR. Its higher camber rigidity isolates the dampers from disruptive transverse forces enabling agile turn-in behaviour and predictable drivability. As well, the front axle also include a lift system to save the expensive carbon fibre front aero.
This is not the new Porsche 911 GT3’s only handling trick. As standard, it will be fitted with rear-wheel steering for higher cornering speeds and increased agility. The technology can turn the rear wheels by up to two degrees in the same or opposite direction to the fronts, depending on driving speeds. Also attached to the rear wheels is a five-arm rear suspension complete with additional ball joints for the lower wishbones and specific shock absorbers.
With more power and speed comes a need for stronger stopping abilities. The 992 GT3 includes 408mm front discs (28mm larger than previous) but the real good news is that they weigh 17% than the smaller old ones. In fact, everything about the new GT3 is lightweight. As Porsche puts it, “each excess pound is one too many.” Everything about the 911 GT3 is lightweight, from the wheels, the glass for all windows, exhaust system, as well as the battery.
The entirety of the new Porsche 911 GT3’s body is now composed of more carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) to go along with aluminium and steel. A CFRP bonnet, rear wing, and spoiler are standard while the roof can also be made of the stuff. The bottom line is that the GT3’s power-to-weight ratio is 2.8 kg/PS for the manual-gearbox car (1,418kg, with PDK 1,435kg).
Aerodynamics are also improved on the 992 over the 991.2 predecessor. Specifically, thanks to the functional rear diffuser and front diffusers, wide swan-neck-mounted rear spoiler, and other components, the new GT3 generates approximately 50% more downforce overall than its predecessor. And finally, the Clubsport package, a no-cost option, adds a certified roll-cage, a six-point harness for the driver, a handheld fire extinguisher, and a battery disconnect switch.
The first Porsche 911 GT3 came about with the 996-generation 911 in 1999. Since then, the GT3 has become the ultimate expression of the 911 and the new 992 is true to form. And finally, how fast is the new GT3 around the Nürburgring Nordschleife? 6:59.927 minutes is all the GT3 required for a lap of the circuit, and this wasn’t part of a record-breaking event.
The new 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 is expected this fall in Canada for the 2022 model year. Pricing and order availability will be announced at a later date.