The hardest ever 911, the new Porsche 911 GT3, has been unveiled.
Due to make its debut at the Geneva motor show in March, the new Porsche 911 GT3 has more power, a bigger engine and a suite of new electronic driver aids (all of which, Porsche says, can be properly switched off).
The capacity of Porsche’s six-cylinder boxer engine has been increased from 3.6- to 3.8-litres, so it’s now producing 435bhp. That’s 20bhp more than the outgoing GT3.
Importantly, Porsche claims that it’s boosted the engine’s mid-range torque, improving its characteristics at real-world speeds. This has been achieved by improving the cylinder head gas flow.
For the first time, the exhaust camshafts as well as the intake are controlled by Porsche’s VarioCam system. It’s one of a number of alterations aimed at making the GT3 slightly more useable day-to-day.
The bottom line, though, is that the new GT3 is faster than the old one. It will sprint from 0-62mph in 4.1 seconds, pass 99mph at 8.2seconds and top out at 194mph, says Porsche.
For the first time, the GT3 comes with a specially programmed version of Porsche Stability Management. This helps it comply with new EU rules that will make electronic driver aids mandatory in the future. Traction control and stability control can be turned off individually, in separate steps.
Porsche Active Suspension Management is also fitted, with the company claiming that it has delivered improved comfort in ‘normal’ mode and greater high-speed stability in ‘sport’ mode. Subtle aerodynamic tweaks also help keep the GT3 pointing in the right direction at speed.