Hardcore version of the latest Porsche 911 gets a power hike to 450bhp and sheds 40kg compared with its predecessor; set to be unveiled next March
16 October 2012

Porsche is stepping up development of its all-new 911 GT3, the most focused version of the ‘991’ generation of the iconic sports car yet. The new model is set to be unveiled at the Geneva motor show and the order books will open soon after that.

The new GT3 looks set to be powered by the latest evolution of Porsche’s motorsport-derived normally aspirated 3.8-litre flat six, rather than adopting the larger 4.0-litre powerplant used in the 997-generation GT3 RS 4.0.

Porsche insiders have hinted that the power output will be in the region of 450bhp in the new GT3 — some 15bhp more than in the outgoing model. That should translate to a 0-62mph time of less than 4.0sec and a top speed approaching 200mph.

The new GT3 is likely to have just the one transmission option: a PDK seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic. The 
lack of a manual option in the GT3 is sure to cause controversy among 911 purists, especially after the 911 switched to electric steering. The PDK transmission is also heavier than the manual, something at odds with the GT3’s lightweight approach. 

Nevertheless, insiders claim that about 40kg has been shed from the GT3 compared with its immediate predecessor, which had a kerb weight of 1395kg.

Although the choice of gearbox is heavier, Porsche has shaved off weight in the new GT3 by increasing the use of lightweight materials for the bodywork. Interior trim and equipment levels will also be reduced compared with standard 991 models and the rear seats will be deleted.

Visually, the GT3 will be easy to distinguish from the base Carrera and Carrera S models. The spy pictures reveal that the GT3’s bodywork has been totally overhauled compared with the standard models.

At the front, a new splitter has been added, as has a new, more sculpted front bumper. Wider air ducts also feature at the front of the car to improve cooling to the more powerful rear-mounted engine. There is an extra air intake between the bonnet and the top of the front bumper, too.

Wider sills and flared wheel arches also feature. Housed within the arches are larger, 20-inch alloy wheels, which 
are centre locking.

The most distinctive element of the rear is a large, fixed wing. The rear bumper has been reprofiled and twin rear exhausts sit in the car’s centre.

Insiders have confirmed 
that the even more hardcore 
GT3 RS will return in 991 guise, but not before 2015. Its power is said to be about 480bhp.

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6 June 2012

This could be the first 911 I seriously want. it looks amazing.

Love the smell of a V8 in the morning.

6 June 2012

I'm sorry Foilball, you'll be disappointed then because a V8 is what will most certainly be in any 911 in the near future.

I can see 997 generation buyers now being overjoyed as their purchase looks like it will be going up in value by the day. especially the GT3 RS 4.0 version which will now be the most sought after example. these new shenanigans Porsche is pulling will lose it its loyal customers instead of bringing new ones in. they should leave that job to their spied "supercar" and keep the 911 to its purebred roots.

I was sort of hoping they would at least keep the hydraulic steering for the GT3 versions..

so disappointed

7 June 2012

Correct me if i'm wrong, but,the 911 has NEVER run a V8.

Peter Cavellini.

7 June 2012

lol I meant will NOT be in any 911 soon

7 June 2012

Peter Cavellini wrote:

Correct me if i'm wrong, but,the 911 has NEVER run a V8.

Not from the factory, no.  However, there is a small outfit called Ruf who use a V8 in what's largely a 911. 

Now that Porsche have gone down the hairdresser route along with Ferrari and are only building the thing sans gearstick and clutch pedal, I'm afraid the Ruf garage is now where I'd head...  either for a new one, or a nice Yellow Bird ala Stefan Rossers Nurburgring antics...

2 October 2012

Peter Cavellini wrote:

Correct me if i'm wrong, but,the 911 has NEVER run a V8.

Certainly not in a standard car, Peter.  Hope they never do, either.  That wailing flat 6 is the soul of the 911, of whatever iteration.


6 June 2012

I think the GT3 is one of the better 911s porsche make, but i dont mind the having the PDK option but having it as the sole gearbox dosent make sense to me at all, some of the things porsche has done to this generation dosent make sense to me at all, etc 7 speed mannual instead of six, and now no 6speed in the GT3? think they may loose a few buyers over this

7 June 2012

450 HP? PDK only? 

Yawn....  Wake me up when it's 650 HP and the 7-speed manual.


7 June 2012

If Porsche does decide to only offer the GT3 with PDK, might create a niche business for a company able to retrofit either the new 7-speed manual or even a close ratio 6-speed.  Hmmm

7 June 2012

PDK and electric steering  - ouch! It will take some good test drive reports to help overcome that, but i'm sure the british motoring press will oblige as per usual.

I still think that rear spoiler tacked on the top of the duck tail looks a bit silly.


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