Facelifted Porsche 911 GT3 receives subtle styling refresh, and gains the option of a manual gearbox when it goes on sale in 2017
Jimi Beckwith
14 July 2016

The Porsche 911 GT3's design has leaked in a series of images. 

Revealing the full design of the car from multiple angles, the images first surfaced on a Dutch blog after being discovered by a reader. The pictures show a revised front end, with more aggressive air intakes in the front bumper, along with a new diffuser at the rear. 

Porsche, as is often the case with pre-release images of its products, would not confirm the authenticity of the images, but the images appear to show the same design tweaks as the prototype GT3 we've seen in spy shots. 

The 911 GT3 was also spied testing during development, showing a subtly refreshed front-end.

The test mule wore very little disguise, so it's clear to see that the deep, redesigned front spoiler, air intakes and new LED indicators are the only things to change, with the rest of the car’s styling carried over from the current model, including the slit grilles at the front and back, large rear wing and central twin exhausts.

The 911 GT3's manual-only, driver dynamics-focused sibling, the 911 R, was revealed at the Geneva motor show, where it was also revealed by GT3 guru Andreas Preuninger that the facelifted 911 GT3 would gain the option of a six-speed manual gearbox when it goes on sale in 2017.

The test mule was also running on what appear to be new wheels with a multi-spoke design. However, the closely related 911 R still uses the same alloys as the outgoing GT3.

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.

Porsche couldn’t give any further details on the upcoming 911 range-topper, but we do know that the 911 R will share its manual gearbox with the 911 GT3. 

 

Our Verdict

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

Latest 911 GT3 is big and brutal; despite this Porsche has made it faster, more responsive and more user-friendly than ever

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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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