It’s back and it’s hot. At Geneva 2013 the Porsche 911 GT3 has been unveiled and the package is a hard one to go past. There’s a lighter, stiffer body, more technology and the manual gearbox is gone with the PDK taking its place.
The new 911 GT3 isn’t a slouch either with a brand new Carrera S – but spiced up – flat-six which will deliver 475bhp. Here is what makes it special and able to achieve a 9,000rpm redline: Forged titanium con-rods, forged pistons, individual fuel pumps for each cylinder, dry sump lubrication and hollow valves. Yes, in that list you read that the GT3 is direct injected for the first time. Oh and it gets from 0-100 in 3.5seconds.
A big thing which Porsche has done in the 911 GT3 however is the implementation of four-wheel-steering. This essentially shortens the wheelbase of the GT3 virtually meaning it can curve faster. Up to speed of 50km/h that virtual shortening can be up to around 150mm. Which is huge, particularly when trying to fit into tight spaces and that extra bit of swing would help.
Now if you’re in the market for a 911 GT3, be prepared to pay a little bit more for this generation compared to the last one. We don’t have exact pricing for Australia, but in the UK it has crept into six-figure territory. However, for a car which can lap the Nurburgring-Nordschleife in 7min30seconds. For some, it’s worth it.