The new Porsche 911 GT3 is still an incredible drivers’ car

2021 Porsche 911 GT3
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Test drivers in front of two 911 GT3s celebrating their Nurburgring lap record

Regardless of the number of supercars and track specials that are unveiled or released there’s always one which seems to trump them all for relevance and importance. That’s the Porsche 911 GT3 and they’ve just unveiled the 7th generation that promises to be everything you expect it to be: utterly fast, and utterly engaging.

There’s the headline figure: A 6:59.927 minute lap time of the Nuerburgring-Nordschleife by development driver Lars Kern, 17 seconds faster than the previous edition which is a lifetime, even for the Nordshleife. The 20.6-kilometre shorter track saw a time of 6:55.2 minutes while all sessions were run on the running the optional Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres.

Test drivers in front of two 911 GT3s celebrating their Nurburgring lap record

The other headline is it’s still available in manual, Porsche keen to satisfy customer demand, even if that demand is somewhat overshadowed by the demand for PDK. God bless Porsche! One thing they have done with PDK cars is give it back its shift knob, replacing the stubby selector found in every other PDK equipped 911. This gives drivers the chance to change gears through the selector which he’s of GT cars Andreas Preuninger actually prefers. 

And in PDK form the 0-100 kph sprint takes 3.4 seconds on its way to a 320 kph top speed with the manual taking slightly longer.

The 4.0-litre, 375 kW (510 PS—10PS more than the previous version) engine revs to 9,000 rpm with work done to ensure the sound emitted is not dulled by two particulate filters. Torque is up too from 460 Nm to 470 Nm. The combined consumption of the 911 GT3 is 13.3 litres/100 km (PDK 12.4).

Weight is virtually the same as the previous version, the manual car weighing 1.418 kilograms, and the PDK slighter more at 1.435 kilograms. Helping keep the weight down is a front bonnet made of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), lightweight glass windows, 408 millimetre brake discs (up from 380mm) up front weighing 17 percent less, use of a 10kg lighter battery, as well as lighter forged alloy wheels. The new sports exhaust with electrically adjustable flaps also sheds 10 kilograms.

The redeveloped double-wishbone front axle is said to offer higher camber rigidity allowing the shock absorbers to do their thing without disruption. At the rear, the five-arm rear axle and additional ball joints for the lower wishbones ensure the car can handle even higher stresses. Rear wheel steering is standard.

What about that huge motorsport derived rear wing? Well that helps the car achieve around 50 percent more downforce than the previous GT3 but when in the performance position, downforce can increase by as much as 150 percent at 200 km/h.

Inside it’s business as usual apart from the use of the displays either side of the rev counter which shows tyre pressures, oil pressure, oil temperature, fuel tank level and water temperature. There’s also a “visual shift assistant” with coloured bars which rise to alert the driver of when it’s at redline (if the sound isn’t enough!) and a Motorsport derived shift light.

2021 Porsche 911 GT3 interior with Porsche Design watch

Porsche are famous for their options list which customers inevitably go nuts on and they’ve now open up the ability for customers to configure through Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur as well as adding a few GT specific options such as an expose carbon fibre roof, exterior mirror tops made of carbon, darkened LED matrix main headlights and matching Exclusive design rear lights with an arc of light with no red components. A roll cage can also be specced.

Customers who purchase a 911 GT3 can also order a Porsche Design chronograph, thanks to Porsche Design. A GT3 Touring is also coming should you want the best of both worlds.

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