The newly updated Porsche does come with quite a few changes in detail but let’s get to what you and I really want to know – Yup, this GT3 comes with a six speed manual gearbox!
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The updated Porsche 911 GT3 was unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show and was one of the cars that really caught my eye (Check the others out under the ‘Automotive’ tab on my blog).
This updated version features a classic Porsche rear mounted 4.0 liter flat six engine producing 493 BHP as opposed to the 3.8 liter older engine that produced 469 BHP.
“It is an absolute dream”, said Porsche GT head Andreas Preuninger, “It has the ability to rev explosively and this is a unique selling point.”
And he’s right. While the older version hit its rev limiter at 8250 rpm, the updated GT3 redlines at an impressive 9000 RPM.
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The valve train has been updated along with a stiffer crank, and low friction cylinder liners. The steering precision has been said to have improved with Preuninger claiming that “Porsche have made the new GT3 more comfortable on road and sharper on track.” This is very important because having the option of a manual gearbox brings in a whole new road going clientele.
The re-engineered chassis features rear axle steering, and dynamic engine mounts. The suspension has also been updated with the adjustable Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) dampers now having a wider operational range.
The PDK gearbox fitted version can do a top speed of 317 kph while the six speed manual owing to its lighter weight can carry top speed to about 320 kph.
Obviously, the 6 speed manual gearbox means a longer 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds while the 7 speed PDK with launch control on the new GT3 will do 0-60 in 3.4 seconds.
Let’s talk about aero..
The underbody aerodynamics on the new GT3 have been fine tuned through lessons learnt from the 911 R. The carbon fiber rear wing has been fitted 20 mm higher and 10 mm further back. This plays a role in drag reduction and now works very well with the diffuser and underbody vortex generators.
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The fact that downforce at top speed on the new GT3 has increased 20% overall without any drag increase whatsoever proves its mettle.
“No mean feat”, said Mr Andreas Preuninger. Yup.
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On the interior, the steering has been redesigned as I mentioned earlier. The sports seats come with a options of either 18 way electric adjustment with memory or fixed carbon fiber bucket seats. The updated GT3 also features the Porsche Communication Management System (PCMS) infotainment system that includes features such as Apple Pay and real time traffic navigation system.
What can I say to conclude? It’s the 911 GT3, man. I’ve been in love with this car long before I’ve ever had hair on my chest. And now it’s got a manual gearbox option.
You know that feeling when they take your favourite car and go and make it better? I’ve got it here.
(Feature image courtesy : caroto_gr via YouTube)
– Aditya Bhat.