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Porsche 911 GT3 (2021): It costs, it offers!

Porsche is relaunching the 911 GT3. The good news first: the 911, which is suitable for the race track, remains with the tried and tested concept and also relies on a naturally aspirated engine with the change to the 992 series. The fourth generation of the GT3 is the well-known four-liter, six-cylinder boxer 510 hp. More on this in the engine chapter. The remaining ingredients of the GT3 also make sports car fans happy: Comprehensive lightweight construction and aerodynamic enhancements make the GT3 even faster on the racetrack. Racing driver Lars Kern cracked the seven-minute barrier on the 20.8 kilometer long with the new 911 GT3 Nürburgring-Nordschleife (6: 59.927 minutes). The plus in technology is also reflected in the price: The new 911 GT3 will be available from dealers for at least 167,518 euros from May 2021 – regardless of whether it is ordered with PDK or as a manual switch. This means that the new one costs a good 15,000 euros more than its predecessor.
Porsche 911 (992) GT3

With a lot of lightweight construction, the weight of the new GT3 remains at the level of the old one.

Four-liter vacuum cleaner for the 992 GT3

No turbocharging in the GT3: the well-known high-revving four-liter boxer six-cylinder from the 911 Speedster works in the rear of the new one. The performance of the GT3 has increased by ten hp compared to its predecessor and is now 510 hp, the maximum torque also climbs by ten units and culminates in 470 Nm. In addition, the 4.0 (as in the Speedster) now also has one in the GT3 Single throttle valve system, which is supposed to fuel the willingness of the flagship engine to turn again. The maximum speed is still 9000 tours. Shifting takes place via the PDK dual clutch transmission with seven gears or – puristically – with a six-speed manual transmission, whereby the power goes to the rear wheels regardless of the selected transmission option.

● Engine: six-cylinder boxer naturally aspirated engine
● Displacement: 3996 cc
● Maximum power: 510 hp at 8400 rpm
● Maximum torque: 470 Nm at 6100 rpm
● Transmission: seven-speed double clutch transmission PDK or six-speed manual transmission

Longitudinal acceleration at the level of its predecessor

The longitudinal acceleration corresponds to that of the old GT3: With PDK it goes from 0 to 100 in 3.4 seconds (Hand switch: 3.9 seconds). The top speed values ​​of the GT3 are also unchanged: 318 km / h with PDK, 320 km / h with the manual transmission.

0-100 km / h: 3.4 s (PDK); 3.9 s (hand switch)
0-200 km / h: 10.8 s (PDK); 11.9 s (hand switch)
Vmax: 318 km / h (PDK); 320 km / h (hand switch)

Porsche 911 (992) GT3

Lightweight construction at the front too: The front hood is made of CFRP – but this can only be seen on the underside.

New front axle for the 992 GT3

Without an innovation on the chassis, the sub-seven-minute time on the Nordschleife would probably have been impossible: The 992 GT3 gets a completely independent front axle with double wishbones. Thanks to the higher camber stiffness, it should be able to implement steering commands even faster and thus have increased directness. An update ensures that the rear axle can keep up with the new front axle: On the one hand, an adaptation to the larger wheels (21 inches) and new shock absorbers, on the other hand a larger steering angle for the rear axle steering (2.0 instead of 1.5 degrees) . In contrast to its predecessor, the engine is designed as a load-bearing part, which means that the adaptive engine mounts are no longer necessary and even more direct driving can be assumed. The GT3 comes with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires as standard (front: 255/35 ZR 20; rear: 315/30 ZR 21). Porsche also offers the extra-grip Cup 2 R as an option.

Porsche 911 (992) GT3

The wing of the GT3 not only generates more downforce, it also saves weight. Reason: It’s made of carbon.

Gooseneck spoiler or touring package

The new front apron and the cooling air outlets are easy to recognize. No more exhaust air slot in the apron, but large nostrils directly in the standard carbon front hood – The short overhang of the 992 made it necessary to redesign the cooling air flow. In addition, the underbody is covered and ends in the diffuser with three pronounced fins each on the right and left of the classic, centrally located tailpipes. Result: The diffuser provides four times as much downforce as the 991.2 GT3. Above that, the rear is adorned with a rump made of carbon and the controversial issue Rear wing with the gooseneck suspensions. They encourage airflow to the underside of the wing. A positive side effect: Thanks to the better flow, the wing does not have to be adjusted any more, which means that the drag coefficient (0.34) is said to have hardly deteriorated despite more downforce. All in all, the new GT3 is already generating in the factory setting, 50 percent more downforce than its predecessor. Both the front spoiler and the rear wing can be adjusted in four stages – depending on the preferences of the driver or the racetrack. If the spoiler work of the normal GT3 is too offensive to you, you can probably rely on the 992 generation again Touring package put – then at least the large rear wing is omitted and the GT3 retains its classic 911 line. AUTO BILD expects the touring package to be submitted in the summer of 2021.

Porsche 911 GT3 Erlkönig

The GT3 in the touring package version is already in the test phase. Instead of the gooseneck wing, it has an extendable spoiler.

Thanks to a lot of carbon and lightweight construction, the GT3 doesn’t add any fat

So that the new GT3 does not become sluggish despite the wider and heavier body of the 992, the engineers have relied heavily on lightweight construction: We have already got to know the carbon front hood and trunk lid. Additionally are the three rear panes made of polycarbonate, as energy storage a lightweight lithium iron phosphate battery (minus 10 kg) on ​​board Plastic dry sump and a redesigned exhaust system (Kat and OPF sit directly behind the manifold instead of the pre-silencer) further reduce the weight. If you want it to be 1.2 kilograms lighter, you can order the GT3 with a carbon roof in the future – and thus also make your account a little lighter. So Porsche can proudly announce that the GT3 has just gotten a little heavier – supposedly even a bit lighter when the equipment has been adjusted. 1418 kilos empty weight for the handset or 1435 kilos for the PDK version are worth all honors in 2021!

Porsche 911 (992) GT3

Customers can order the clubsport package with roll bar, fire extinguisher and six-point seat belt free of charge.

Correct PDK selector lever with shift function instead of 911 stub

There are no big surprises in the interior. The dashboard corresponds to that of the current 992 series. But there are a few GT3 peculiarities. This includes the instrument cluster adapted to the sports model, which now has a reduced “track” display that only shows the really relevant information in the heat of driving. A yellow shift light is also displayed to the right and left of the analog rev counter from around 6000 tourswhich flashes blue from 8700 and urgently reminds you to change gears. In the case of the manual switch, this is done either using the classic interaction of left foot and right hand or – and this is also only available on the 911 in the case of the GT3 – by pulling on classic, towering PDK selector lever. Of course, the shift paddles on the steering wheel are retained as a shift alternative.

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