• Last of a Dying Breed? This is the Porsche 911 GT3, And It Represents The End of An Era

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You know what’s amazing? The sound of a naturally-aspirated, four-liter, six cylinder boxer engine that can rev up to 9,000 rpm and makes a whopping 502 horsepower. And it’s under the hood of the all-new, 2022 Porsche 911 GT3. And that’s what we’re here to talk about today – this amazing engine and how Porsche managed to make yet another non-hybrid, non-electric supercar in a world where everybody else seems to think electrons are the way of the future.

Oh, and did I mention that it has a manual gearbox and it lapped the Nurburgring in under seven minutes?

So this is it, ladies and gentlemen. The first car made by Porsche’s GT division that’s based on the 992 platform, and it’s simply amazing. Let me just get the facts and figures out of the way quickly, so everybody’s on the same page.

We’re talking about a four-liter, naturally aspirated, six-cylinder boxer engine that revs to 9,000 rpm and makes 502 horsepower and 346 pounds feet of torque. It has six independent throttle bodies for extremely sharp throttle response and and, according to the press material, it’s basically identical to the engine found in the track-only GT3 Cup race car.

2022 Porsche 911 GT3 specifications
Engine 4.0-litre six-cylinder boxer
Horsepower 502 HP
Torque 346 LB-FT
Transmission seven-speed PDK
0 to 60 mph 3.2 seconds
Top Speed 197 mph
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It features a dry-sump lubrication system with an external oil tank and is mated to a standard seven-speed double clutch automatic transmission or an optional six-speed manual.

It’s rear-wheel drive only, and it can get from zero to sixty miles per hour in just 3.2 seconds with the PDK transmission and, more importantly for some of you stat nerds out there, it already lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife in six minutes and 59 seconds, which is more than 17 seconds quicker than the previous 922 GT3.

Under the skin there are suspension components from the 911 RSR and 911 GT3 Cup, with the biggest change being the new, wider front axle that’s fitted with a multilink suspension setup - a first for the 911, which Porsche says will allow for better steering and higher cornering speeds. And, well, that Nurburgring time tells the whole story, doesn’t it?

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At the back, there’s a wider rear axle than on the standard 911 Carrera, with multilink suspension and rear-wheel steering. Ultra-high-performance tires are standard, while a street-legal R-compound track tire is optional.

And now about that rear wing. It appears to be mounted upside-down, which makes it more aerodynamically efficient and provides more downforce - specifically, in street setting, it generates 50% more downforce than the more traditional wing found on the previous 911 GT3, while the more aggressive setting, combined with the fixed rear spoiler and manually adjustable front lip spoiler can increase downforce by about 150 percent compared to the old car.
And that’s massive.

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If that huge wing isn’t your cup of tea, Porsche is already working on a Touring version of the new GT3, which will feature a more subtle rear-end.

Inside, the all-new 911 GT3 features a lack of rear seats, thinner window glass, a slightly smaller steering wheel compared to the 911 Carrera, and a GT3-specific track screen function for the instrument cluster.

Four-way sport seats come standard on the GT3, but Porsche will sell you 18-way Sport Seats or carbon-fiber bucket seats that shave 26 pounds from the new 911 GT3’s curb weight.

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It’s basically the best car in the world for people who think battery-powered vehicles can wait a little longer before they invade our lives. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but you can expect a starting price of around 170,000 dollars when it goes on sale in the fall of 2021.

And with ever-increasing limits on CO2 emissions and gasoline-burning engines, this will probably be the last of the traditional 911 GT3s. So if you can afford it, go ahead and treat yourself.

Iulian Dnistran
Loves cars since he was a toddler. Learned how to drive when he was 6. Born and raised in a small Romanian mountain town, he had a radio show with two buddies when he was 14, and continued his love affair with radio until the end of high school. Got a Master's degree in journalism in 2013 and started to write about cars the same year, when he got a job at the largest motoring website in Romania. Since 2016, he's a videographer and photographer and sometimes he still gets the chance to drive cool cars and write about them.  Read full bio
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