The Porsche 911 GT3 runs on pure adrenaline

The Porsche 911 GT3 runs on pure adrenaline

Six flats won’t quit

Porsche refuses to give up its 4.0-liter flat-six engine, and for good reason. Try to find another motor that provides more than 500 HP with no forced induction and no electric motor to help it. The flat-six in the GT3 has 502 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque in the standard or Touring model. The same engine produces 518 horsepower in the RS version. Perhaps most impressive is the 9,000 rpm spindle speed limit. The GT3 RS has a top speed of 199 mph and you can achieve 0-60 mph in just 2.7 seconds. This is about how long it takes to get out of a bull named Fu Man Chu.

The 911 GT3 is a great touring car

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There is no rear spoiler on the GT3 Touring to distinguish it from the more cheerful model. At 49 mph, the rear wing extends automatically to provide downforce on the Touring. Even without the massive rear spoiler, the PDK-equipped Touring is said to have a top speed of 198 mph, while the manual transmission is 199 mph. Other aerodynamic elements are the same across the two cars, such as the paneled underbody and the rear diffuser. The GT3’s black trim has been replaced by Touring silver window surrounds as well as the body-color front grille.

Sure, the $163,450 Touring GT3 engine sounds as good as the naturally aspirated flat-six in the 911 GT3, but you want the volume down. Otherwise, you’ll get the same sound and fury in a (slightly) finer package for the same price.

The aerodynamic prowess of the 911 GT3 RS

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The 2023 911 GT3 RS produces 518 horsepower, making it the second most powerful naturally-aspirated 911 – an improvement of just five horsepower over the GT3. Porsche’s engineers were not interested in producing a car with a lot of power as they were in controlling the airflow around the engine. Performance is measured by how efficiently an object moves through the atmosphere, not by how quickly it consumes it. Every body panel is unique to the RS, including the carbon-fibre doors. The scraping, turning, splitting and spoiling the air around the body is responsible for much of a car’s aerodynamic performance. As a result, the pneumatic upgrades appear to be the work of an unlicensed plastic surgeon. If you want precision, get the GT3 Touring.

More downforce from Viper ACR

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At 124 mph, the GT3 RS produces nearly 900 lb-ft of downforce, and at 177 mph on the Döttinger Höhe directly at the Nürburgring, the downforce is 1,895 lb-ft. With twice the downforce of its predecessor and three times that of the current GT3, the new GT3 RS is one of the greatest aero beasts on the road. The Dodge Viper ACR gains 1,700 pounds of downforce at 177 mph, while the McLaren Senna gains 1,775 pounds of downforce at 155 mph. Porsche states that the new GT3 RS is comparable to the GT3 race car in terms of reduced drag and straight-line performance. On the fly, it will be faster.

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Downforce in this case requires a completely different suspension setup. When a vehicle with high compressive strength has a high degree of incline or dive, the center of pressure moves greatly, resulting in instability. Porsche says the 911 GT3 RS leans just five mm forward under maximum braking from top speed, compared to 12 mm with the GT3. A very stiff aero platform is required as well as handling with significant downforce. Front and rear spring rates have been raised by 50 and 60 percent, respectively.

The bosom of the Nürburgring

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Porsche must fully book the Nürburgring to set a new lap record, so the Nürburgring will have to wait until October. However, Porsche is not bothered by the fact that the weather will be cooler because the engine will breathe better. It’s anyone’s guess when the GT3 RS will post, but the GT3 ran 6:55:2, and deployed the 2022 GT3 RS 6:56:4 on the 12.8-mile “Sport Auto” track in Nordschleife. (The Nürburgring time method includes T13 in a row, which adds a few seconds to the cycle. It’s hard to compare current times with those in years past, since this method only existed for a short time. It would be simple for a new RS to post 6:40 times, If not faster.)

The widest tire ever for a 911

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The GT3 RS has the largest tires ever installed on a 911. The 21-inch rear wheels and 20-inch front wheels, which have increased sidewall height, come with 335/30R21 tires in the rear and 275/35R20s in the front, as well as providing a wider contact patch. The new GT3 RS uses Pirelli P Zero Trofeo RS tires, while the previous version had Michelin Cup 2 tires. Pirelli has the P Zero Trofeo R tire for dry track driving, which is found in high-performance cars such as the Audi RS3 and McLaren 620R.

The first production F1 DRS style car

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The Porsche 911 GT2 RS is the first production car to feature the F1-style Drag Reduction System, or DRS. The front wing flap and swan neck spoiler close under braking like an air brake and open under acceleration to reduce drag in high-speed sections, thanks to the hood. Drivers can activate the cover with the push of a button on certain parameters set by Porsche. The highest point of the rear spoiler sits above the roof for the first time in a Porsche. A mechanical wing with a variable height blade is located on the rear spoiler as part of the DRS that is larger than the previous 991.2 GT3 RS wing in all dimensions.

Seven-speed PDK or six-speed manual transmission

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The latest GT3 is the first 911 to offer a PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission as an alternative to the manual unit, which costs the same. The automatic 911 GT3 PDK features seven gears versus the standard eight on less powerful 911s. It also includes a large mechanical transmission, rather than a small electronic paddle shifter, instead of the lever. Although you can hook the lever to the shift knob and long for a six-speed manual, it’s your decision now. The new PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission is half a second faster to 60 mph than the manual transmission. The PDK-equipped GT3 Touring version can do the quarter-mile in 11 seconds at 127 mph.

GT3 is worth every penny

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The Porsche GT3 is offered in three different versions. The standard GT3 will cost you about $172,450, while the GT3 Touring version without wings will cost you $172,850. Both have the same 502 horsepower and two transmission options. However, the GT3 RS version will save you $225,520. It has a lower top speed of just 184 mph, but it has a higher horsepower of 518. The RS is not meant to be faster in a straight line. It is designed to take corners and brake like Formula 1 cars. The Porsche GT3 is a pure driving machine. It seems the designers channeled their inner child and the bosses didn’t say no.

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