Facelifted Porsche 911 GT3 receives subtle styling updates to its front and rear, and gains the option of a manual gearbox. It goes on sale in 2017
Sam Sheehan
2 September 2016

New spy pictures of the 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 at the Nürburgring show that the car will get redesigned tail lights and a new rear bumper.

The images come just weeks after computer generated images of a 911 GT3 were leaked onto a Dutch blog (shown in the gallery). The test car looks to have the same exterior as the CGI car, suggesting the leaked images were accurate.

As shown by the latest spy pictures, the 2017 car will also get a revised front end, with more aggressive air intakes in the front bumper, a redesigned front spoiler, air intakes and new LED indicators, along with a new diffuser at the rear. 

The rest of the car’s styling looks to be largely carried over from the current model, including the slit grilles at the front and back, large rear wing and central twin exhausts.

Other changes to the facelifted 911 GT3 will include a manual gearbox option for the first time since production of the 997 911 GT3 ended in 2011. GT3 guru Andreas Preuninger confirmed the option of a six-speed manual gearbox at the launch of the 911 R earlier this year. The GT3's 'box will be identical to that car's.

Despite the rest of the 911 range now being turbocharged for added efficiency and reduced emissions, the facelifted car will maintain the naturally aspirated 3.8-litre engine of the current generation GT3.

The current 911 GT3 pumps out 468bhp and 324lb ft which, combined with its 1430kg kerb weight, equates to a 0-62mph sprint of just 3.5sec and a top speed of 196mph.

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Like its predecessors, the new 911 GT3 has been developed to provide a platform for Porsche’s lucrative clubsport division

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28 April 2016

Smart move, Porsche! There is maybe only a small sliver of true driving enthusiasts, but they are the ones keeping your fame alive. Besides, I am sure you've seen the prices of manual 997GT3/GT2s.

No manual - no fun

14 July 2016

Perhaps show the old version so we may spot the difference

14 July 2016

I wish they would hand responsibilty for the Beetle to these designers

14 July 2016

Designer ' "Here's the new design boss"
Boss - "Looks just like the last one, well done"

14 July 2016

He was quoted as saying that a 911 looks like a Beetle that got hit on top of its head. Anything truly exciting about this car is always underneath its very prosaic skin. Even the Prius gets more change in its styling than this does!

TS7

14 July 2016

...it'll be sold out already then.

14 July 2016

is the interior and specifically all those blank buttons. Feels cheap. 997 interior was far nicer in that respect.

14 July 2016

is the interior and specifically all those blank buttons. Feels cheap. 997 interior was far nicer in that respect.

22 July 2016

I won't say anything until we get the car down under and we can do a proper review of the car. I've never been someone to look at external façade over internal power under the hood!

17 August 2016

Who cares about what it looks like, the big question is...turbocharged or not? I can't imagine that Porsche would put a turbo in a GT3 but at this point who can say for sure...

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