As a company, Porsche has always been about making small, but consistently measurable and crucially, effective changes in their cars. Their last biggest revolutionary change within the 911 model was when the brand went water-cooled with the 996 engines way back in 1998. Today, Porsche takes both a revolutionary and evolutionary step to unveil their latest, greatest masterpiece yet from Zuffenhausen: the 992 GT3.
Track pundits will be hapy to know that the new model is 17 seconds faster around the Nurburgring’s 20.8 kilometer Nordschleife (Northern Loop) than its predecessor 991 GT3, with an official time of six minutes and 59.927 seconds.
Despite being slightly bigger in every direction, the 992 GT3 remains similar in weight at 1435kg. The front hood, roof and engine cover are made of carbon fiber to reduce both weight and lower the center of gravity. The engine remains the same dry-sump 4.0 liter naturally aspirated six-cylinder direct-injected alloy block with individual throttle bodies, similar to the previous model, but even more similar to the Porsche Carrera Cup race car engines. Andres Preuninger, Director for the Porsche GT Program is proud to say that their flat-six engine never went through any acoustic or sound engineering: the sound is mechanical, exciting, and pleasant to fans and purists world-wide. It differs only from the racing engines on two as[ects: the engine control unit, and the exhaust system. Atmospheric engine makes a very linear and pure 502hp and 470 Newton-Meters of torque, driving the rear wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission.
So far, all di rigueur of any new Porsche GT model; faster, leaner, more efficient. All evolutionary, tweaking, honing and perfecting the same formula to an almost obsessive state. The revolutionary aspect though shines through with the following: first is the front suspension. A first for any 911 road car is a double-wishbone front suspension setup lifted form the 911 RSR factory race cars from the World Endurance Championship, replacing the normal Macpherson-strut front suspension of the older and regular 911’s. The new front suspension gives far better grip, stability and improved turn-in and overall traction. The front track width is also a shade under 50mm wider than before, and houses equally wider 255/35R20 tires. The rear gets wider 315/30R21 tires. Michelin developed a new compound of their infamous Sport Cup 2R road legal track tires in conjunction with Porsche for the GT3 and was the tire of choice on their record-breaking Nurburgring lap. These tires will be one of many tire options available for the GT3.
The aerodynamics are equally revolutionary: the 992 GT3 gets adjustable aerodynamics, a first for a 911 GT road car. The front diffuser and rear swan neck style GT wing have multiple settings to deliver varying levels of aero grip. In their highest down-force setting, the GT3 develops 150% more down-force than its predecessor. The engine’s underside is also fully covered by a new functional rear diffuser that helps generate even more down-force without adding drag, another first in a 911 GT road car.
Changes have also been made to the inside: the bucket seats on the Club Sport package (a no-cost option) have been redesigned to give more shoulder support, with a new micro-fiber that should help ventilation and cooling as well as improve grip on your back-side. The interior carpet has also been reduced in weight by 3kg.
For Porsche, every little thing counts.
Are you excited yet? With its shark blue hue, the new 992 GT3 is a true track and tarmac predator waiting to be unleashed.
A car enthusiast through and through, Botchi Santos believes that different people have different needs. He tries to find the best car for a specific audience, and spruces things up by delving into car culture, helping make the local car community vibrant and enjoyable for all. His passion for motoring is built around a belief that cars are among the top three life purchases.