One of the most hotly anticipated unveiling at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show is the 991 GT3 and BMWBLOG was there.
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With a 3.8L flat-six that produces a prodigious 475 hp at 8,250 rpm and sports a 9000 rpm redline. It can sprint 0-62 in 3.5 seconds. It comes with new forged alloy center-lock 20” wheels. The all-new 991 GT3 laps the Nürburgring Nordschleife in under 7:30 minutes. It is a drop dead gorgeous car and promises to be wicked fast. It’s been a mad house at the show and it’s hard to get some good pictures but here are some live ones and we’ve included the Porsche press release photos too.
As an admitted Porschephile, the GT3 has been the best Porsche I’ve ever been fortunate enough to drive. It’s a car I pine for. It is truly a race car for the road. And now, just like a 1990 Honda Prelude it comes with four wheel steering. I am stunned. It has no manual transmission available. No metzger flat-six motor and it’s got electric steering. Again, I am stunned. Yes, yes I am sure it’s going to be faster than the 997.2 GT3.
However, the last gen GT3’s manual transmission and driving experience to me defined driver involvement. Many have said that it has the best steering feel of any automobile. Sure the 997.2 GT3 could use some more bite on initial turn it, but that gives it more character. Perhaps Porsche is trying to attract a broader market with this car, but why? They sell so many variants of the 911. We will be anxiously awaiting reviews once people start driving it. I cannot wait to see what Chris Harris thinks of it, but for now we’ll just have to wait.
In the mean time, enjoy the pics and the press release and a great Q&A from EVO TV. It is after all a stunning looking car and it is a GT3.
The new Porsche 911 GT3 premieres this week at the Geneva International Motor Show. The completely-redeveloped fifth generation of the 911 GT3 occupies the top position among Porsche sports cars with naturally-aspirated engines. With an impressive lap time on the Nürburgring Nordschleife of under 7:30 minutes, the 2014 911 GT3 benefits from a new engine, transmission, body and chassis. The car now sprints from zero to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds on its way to a top track speed of 195 mph. The 2014 911 GT3 will go on sale in the United States late in 2013 and will be priced from $130,400, not including a $950 destination charge.
As a technical highlight, the 911 GT3 features the first active rear-wheel steering in a production Porsche, as well as optional full LED headlights. The new GT3 brings to everyday driving many of the properties of a sports car developed on the track, and preserves the highly emotional fun factor.
The powertrain of the new 911 GT3 is composed of a 3.8-liter boxer engine yielding 475 hp (125 hp/liter) featuring a 9,000 rpm redline and a specially developed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK) which drives the rear wheels. The six-cylinder engine is based on the same engine as the 911 Carrera S, although they share only a few common parts. All other components, particularly the crankshaft and valve gear, were specially adapted or designed for the GT3. For instance, Porsche designed titanium connecting rods and forged pistons for this engine.
The Porsche dual-clutch transmission in this application has been specially developed for the 911 GT3: the characteristics are based directly on a sequential gearbox from racing, thereby providing further performance and dynamic advantages to the driver. Highlights include shorter gear ratios with closer spacing, even faster shifting, and shift paddles with shorter travel and increased tactile feedback, which now allow the driver to place the PDK in neutral simply by pulling on both paddles at the same time.
For the first time, Porsche is employing active rear wheel steering to achieve even higher steering precision and improved lateral dynamics. Depending on the speed, the rear wheels steer in the same or opposite direction of the front wheels, improving stability and agility. Other new features that improve driving dynamics are an electronically controlled, fully variable rear differential lock and dynamic engine mounts. Contact with the road is made by new 20-inch, forged alloy wheels with center-locking hubs in place of conventional wheel bolts.
The 2014 911 GT3 is based on the light yet stiff body of the current generation 911 Carrera, which employs a hybrid steel and aluminum construction; however, it comes with unique front and rear parts specific to the GT3. In addition, the 911 GT3 is 1.7 inches wider than a 911 Carrera S in the rear. Another distinctive feature is the large, fixed rear wing, which contributes to the exemplary aerodynamics.
By combining low air resistance with even more power, the 2014 911 GT3 sets new performance standards. At full acceleration from standstill, the 60 mph mark is reached after just 3.3 seconds, and on the track 124 mph is reached in less than twelve seconds.