Porsche unleashes new 911 GT3
GENEVA, March 6 — Now in its fifth generation, the Porsche 911 GT3 shows no signs of losing its crown as one of the world’s greatest driver’s cars.
It may look like a standard Porsche 911 and it may have a ridiculously large rear spoiler that gets in the way when trying to reverse park, but unlike the standard car on which it is based, or pretty much any other car, come to think of it, this little two-seat performance coupe can get around the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in under 7 minutes and 30 seconds.
Like each of the GT3s that have come before it, the latest incarnation is a stripped out serious sports racer. There’s a cross bracing where the rear seats should be and if an owner so wishes, it can be configured with a full racing roll cage and multi-point racing harness restraints rather than seat belts.
But Porsche has managed to save so much weight through prodigious use of aluminium in everything from the body panels and engine block to the suspension set up that the German carmaker is able to offer one or two creature comforts, such as air conditioning and a touch-screen multimedia interface without impacting performance.
However, make no mistake, this is an out-and-out track car that can be driven legally on the road. Its 3.8L flat-six engine can produce 475 horsepower, rev to 9000rpm, propel the car from 0-100kph in 3.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 315kph and all without the help of a turbocharger — a remarkable engineering feat.
Keeping this power in check is active rear-wheel steering. The GT3 becomes the first Porsche in history to feature the technology. When the car is travelling at speeds of up to 50kph, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to the front wheels to aid cornering speed, and once the car is travelling at 80kph or more the rear wheels turn parallel to the front wheels to enable the driver to hold on to more speed in the bends without losing control.
Also helping this dynamism is a more aerodynamic body that sits 30mm lower than the standard 911. Thankfully, one of the many optional extras is a “raise kit” that will allow owners to lift the body at the point of the front axle when the car meets a speed bump or other uneven road surface so that the terrain doesn’t snap off the chin spoiler or side skirts.
1The 911 GT3 makes its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 7 but Porsche is already accepting orders. The base model is expected to cost €117,000 (RM468,000), but as the overwhelming majority of existing GT3 owners are serious track car enthusiasts, the true cost will likely be much greater once the cost of items such as ceramic composite brakes are factored in. — AFP/Relaxnews