A matter of choice: The new 2018 911 GT3
The 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 delivers track-bred performance, systematic lightweight construction and an unfiltered driving experience. In the new generation of the 911, the connection between everyday driving and the racetrack is even more intense.
The centerpiece of the latest 911 GT3 is the new naturally aspirated 4.0 liter flat-six engine which produces 500 horsepower and 339 lb.-ft. of torque. This new, high-revving powerplant is based on the one now used in the 911 GT3 Cup race car. The redesigned chassis with rear-axle steering and systematic lightweight construction is specifically tuned to produce superior
driving dynamics in conjunction with the naturally aspirated engine.
An optional six-speed sports manual transmission is also available for the first time in addition to the standard Porsche PDK transmission.
The four-liter naturally aspirated engine produces 500 hp horsepower and 339 lb.-ft of torque. This represents an increase of 25 hp and 15 lb.-ft. in compared to the previous 911 GT3. Specifically optimized for higher engine speeds, the six-cylinder
engine can reach up to 9,000 rpm and is well-suited for spirited driving.
The power-to-weight ratio of 6.4 pounds per horsepower approaches motorsport levels. The high-performing 911 can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.2
seconds with PDK. The manual version takes 3.8 seconds to reach 60. Its top track speed stands at 197 miles per hour with PDK, and 198 miles per hour with the manual transmission. Powertrain The standard seven-speed PDK transmission is optimized for use on the track. If preferred, a lighter, six-speed manual transmission is available. Both trans- missions are combined with a locking rear differential. Chassis Optimized spring and damper tuning improves grip and handling. The Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) shock-absorber system delivers the perfect balance of ride comfort and sharp handling. The rear axle steering improves agility in corners, while also ensuring stability during high-speed lane changes.
Design and Aerodynamics
The carbon fiber rear wing – a characteristic, iconic feature of Porsche GT sports cars – is situated 0.78 inches (20 millimeters) higher than on the previous model. Combined with the
rear underbody diffusor, downforce is up 20 percent compared to the last 911 GT3. The front and rear fascia have been aerodynamically optimized and are constructed from
lightweight polyurethane to reduce weight.
The GT sports steering wheel and Sports seats Plus with extended side bolsters deliver the true 911 GT3 driving experience. Full Bucket Seats with a carbon fiber reinforced backrest are optionally available.
The Porsche Track Precision app, included as standard, is accessible via a smartphone and provides drivers with detailed performance data about lap times, for example. The Porsche Communication Management system (PCM) can access the
Internet via the Connect Plus module – also delivered as standard – and offers access to Porsche Connect services.
The 911 GT3 is developed on the same track and manufactured on the same production line as the race cars.
Pricing The 911 GT3 has an MSRP of $143,600, not including the $1,050 delivery, processing and handling fee. It will reach U.S. dealers in fall 2017