We know the 911 GT3 is quicker than the 911 Carrera. The question is, by how much?
Around a racetrack, the track-focused GT3 will, without a doubt, smack the 911 Carrera like a cherokee drum. But how big really is the difference, in a straight line?
The Porsche 911 (992) Carrera
This particular example is very close to the base model, with only a few options. In the US, a similarly-equipped Carrera will set you back just over $100,000. Its turbocharged flat-six also has more low-end torque than the normally-aspirated GT3
The Porsche 911 (992) GT3
Like the Carrera, this particular GT3 is close to the base version. In the US, a similarly-equipped GT3 will set you back around $175,000. Its high-revving, normally-aspirated engine can rev to a whopping 9,000 RPM
The Porsche 992 Carrera is down on power and has more weight
Its 3.0-liter, twin-turbo flat-six makes 385 hp and 331 lb/ft. It sends power to the rear wheels through an 8-speed PDK gearbox. The car weighs 3,318 lbs
The Porsche 992 GT3 is lighter and more powerful, but will that aggressive aero slow it down?
Not really. Its 4.0-liter, normally-aspirated flat-six makes 510 hp and 345 lb/ft high in the rev-range. Power goes to the rear wheels through a 7-speed PDK
Surprisingly close in the first half of the race
On a 1/4-mile putting down the power is just as important (if not more) than how much of it you have. The Carrera consistently launched perfectly, while the GT3 struggled for traction in the beginning
Regardless, the GT3's extra power and less weight came into play once it gained traction
This resulted in the GT3 winning twice, taking 11.4 seconds for the 1/4-mile vs the Carrera's 12.1
The rolling races and brake test were surprisingly close
While the GT3 gearbox kicks down quicker, in manual mode, Carrera's low-end torque allows it to keep up with the GT3. However, the latter has more RPMs to play with, which allows it to win
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While the 911 GT3 is, without a doubt, a much more capable track car, it's not what you call relaxed, on the street. In real life, even the base Carrera proves to be more than sufficient, as a package, while still delivering joy