Porsche South Africa has unveiled its 911 GT3 sports car, with the two-seater promising the perfect combination of racetrack and road driving. Internationally unveiled at Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, the changes on the new Porsche 911 GT3 include a new revamped chassis with rear axle steering and clever use of aluminium that has helped to reduce the overall weight of the car and further improve driving dynamics.
The race-spec version of Porsche 911 - GT3 gets an aggressive stance, sharp sloping roof and Porsche's family design language. The biggest noticeable difference from the regular 911 Carrera is the addition of an integrated carbon-fibre rear wing that helps with added downforce, which is a must on a sports car like 911 GT3. With the update, the GT3 now gets four-point LED headlamps and tail lights.
Unlike the regular Porsche 911 or the Turbo S, this car goes into battle without a turbo-charged engine. A fire-breathing naturally-aspirated 4.0-litre, flat-six engine lurks under the gorgeous rear end of this track-fanatic, putting out 368kw of power at 8,250rpm and 460nm of torque at 6,000rpm. That’s pretty much in line with that old adage - ‘There’s no replacement for displacement’. The engine is available with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed PDK automatic. Interestingly, the Porsche 911 GT3 is said to be the last of the 911 series that will be powered by the iconic naturally aspirated flat-six boxer engine.
The rear-engined rear-wheel drive PDK-equipped GT3 rockets out of the starting block to run the 0-100kph dash in just 3.43 seconds. As with all 911s, the engine weight over the driven wheels ensures perfect traction under launch. The benchmark quarter mile is covered in just 11.33 seconds at a speed of 207.04kph, while the 800m sprint is dispatched in an equally impressive 17.63 seconds, with the GT3 moving at a whisker under 250kph. The standing kilometer takes just 20.37 seconds, with it travelling at 260.53kph at it passed the 1km marker. That said, Porsche claim a top speed of 318kph for the GT3 equipped with the PDK, while that increases to 320kph if you opt for the manual. In gear tractability is strong as expected, with it taking just 6.88 seconds to get from 100kph to 200kph in 3rd gear.
As you would expect on a high performance machine of this kind, it rides on the stickiest form of streetable rubber, which is naturally the Michelin Pilot Cup 2s, measuring 245/35-20 up front and massive 305/30-20s are the rear. The wheels are center-locking in a proper motorsport fashion.
Something that isn’t usually a concern for Porsche 911 owners is fuel consumption. With a 64-litre tank, the GT3 has a fuel range of 504km, with claimed fuel consumption sitting at 12.7L/100kms. However, bury the loud pedal and average consumption will climb to well above 16.
The 2018 911 GT3 is no doubt a precision track tool rivalled by very few cars. The Beast of Green Hell, Mercedes-AMG’s GT-R is its closest rival to it, and there is the aging yet still brutal Nissan GT-R, and the brilliant Audi R8. The Porsche 911 GT3 comes with a 2 year / unlimited km warranty, as well as a 3 year / 90 000km service plan and is priced from R2 750 000.