Porsche 911 GT3 - A Complete History
Porsche is known for continuously bringing race-bred technology into its road cars. The Stuttgart-based manufacturer that has been perfecting the rear-engine formula for over five decades now is also famous for its homologation specials, road-worthy counterparts built by Porsche to race thoroughbred competition machinery in production-based classes of sports car racing. 20 years ago, Porsche introduced the latest model that would spawn a myriad of racing versions: the Porsche 911 GT3, a track-oriented 911 that could be used as a daily driver (if you dared). It came at the same time as the not-for-the-purist 996 generation but, in spite of this, can you now imagine a world without the 911 GT3 in it?
Where were you in 1999 when Porsche unveiled the 996.1-generation Porsche 911 GT3? Well, you probably weren’t at the Geneva Auto Show where Porsche took the wraps of what was, in essence, the road-legal version of the newest Porsche 911 Cup car that would compete in the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany and later in the Porsche Supercup sharing the bill with the Formula 1 World Championship. The first 911 GT3 looked a bit tame but, as years rolled by, it evolved, growing bigger, more aggressive, and more insane and overshadowed with ease the 911 GT2, a model we originally thought it’d replace before Porsche decided to continue making GT2 models, somewhat as even more extreme versions of the 911. This is the story of the GT3, a model more famous than all of the track-focused 911s that have come before it, even the Carrera RS 2.7 of 1973.
Best April Fools Gags 2021
April Fools pranks are still a thing and it’s not just for kids. Automakers try to pull pranks on the enthusiasts at times, too. Some happen to be a hit and some a miss. There was one by Volkswagen this year where it said it’s renaming itself as ‘Voltswagen’ in the States. It sure got a little more controversial than the automaker would’ve wanted. Heck, we pulled off some awesome, super-cool, fun, pranks this time for you guys which were definitely a hit. No doubt about that. (Modesty? What’s that?)
Anyway, there were a few more gags that automakers tried to pull on us this year, and here are some of the best ones.
This 1981 RUF BTR Is Every Porsche 911 Fanboy’s Wet Dream
RUF is one of the select few automotive institutions in the world that can take a Porsche, tear it apart, tweak it, glue it back together, and the result is a better car than the stock vehicle. The Pfaffenhausen-based company’s lineup saw no shortage of extreme builds over time, but few can surpass the RUF BTR.
2021 Porsche 911 DLS by Singer
Singer is one of those companies that take something, already magnificent and recreate it in their own modern way. Anyone who is familiar with Singer’s work knows of their impressive work on classic Porsche 911 models. Their latest resto-mod resulted in the company’s “Design and Lightweighting Study” (DLS). Although the enhanced 964 was first introduced in 2018 that was a development car. Fast-forward to nowadays and the first customer version of the Porsche 911 DLS is now a reality.
Porsche and Ford Team Up to Build a New Luxury Pickup Truck
As if the world hasn’t been turned upside down as it is, we’re now receiving word that Porsche is actually developing a pickup truck through its newly announced partnership with Ford. This pickup truck will actually be positioned in the lower range of Porsche’s offerings and is expected to slot somewhere below the Macan – and you thought 2021 couldn’t get any worse.
This Ultra-Rare Porsche 930 Turbo "Rinspeed R69" Redefines Custom
It might look like the lovechild of a Ferrari Testarossa and a Porsche 911 but the two car manufacturers never worked together on such a project. It also looks like something concocted in an obscure workshop on Thailand, but it’s not that either. Meet the extremely weird Rinspeed R69, a car that used to be a perfectly fine Porsche 911 930 Turbo.
2022 Porsche 992 GTS Targa
The Porsche 911 is probably the most versatile sports car ever made. It’s not only considered one of the most usable on a daily basis, but there’s also a version of the rear-engine Porsche for everyone. From the base Carrera to the very exclusive GT2 RS, which is yet to appear for the 992 generation, there are more than a dozen versions, without counting limited editions like the Speedster or Anniversary editions. With this in mind, the 992 generation is about to add another of the well-known versions to its lineup – the Targa GTS. Here’s what we can expect.
This 1996 Porsche 993 911 Turbo Gemballa GTR 600 Redefines Bespoke Design
The Fate of the Porsche 718 Draws Near As Porsche’s Decision Makers Weigh Options
After news that the fabled Porsche 918 Successor is delayed until at least 2025 because the technology isn’t there yet, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Porsche is on the fence about pushing the 718 Cayman and Boxster into EV territory too. The good news is that we’ll know in the next few months, but the bad news is it will still be a while before it actually happens if it happens at all.
A Porsche Electric Hypercar Is Certainly Possible, But The Wait Might Kill You
The Porsche 918 Spyder was originally showcased at the 2010 Geneva motor show as a concept and was introduced in production form at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show as a production mode. Only 918 examples were destined to be built, and by December of 2014 each and every one of them had be spoken for. Not a bad run for a car that started out at $845,000 or $929,000 with the Weissach Package. With that in mind, it’s not surprising that Porsche promised in that very announcement that the 918 Spyder would be succeeded by an even better model. Yet here we are in 2021, and not even a concept has seen the light of day. So when is a successor to the 918 Spyder going to happen? Well, not before 2025, and that is something you can take to the bank.
Porsche Won’t Build the Renndienst Minivan Because Sports Cars
Concept cars are tricky to digest. On one hand, they delight the eyes as they preview a carmaker’s (often spectacular) path for the future and on the other, they most often than not leave us disappointed at their lack of fruition. Most concept cars do not get turned into road-going cars. Sadly, that is the case of the Porsche Renndienst minivan. And the reason is simpler than you would imagine.
This Ruf 911 CTR "Yellowbird" On the Nurburgring is Pure Gold
If you’re a Porsche 911 fan, you’re definitely familiar with Ruf Automobile, modified 911s and the iconic CTR Yellowbird. If you haven’t heard about Ruf and the Yellowbird, it’s time to grab a seat and check this out, because you need watch and hear one of the greatest 911s built outside Porsche’s factory.
What is the Cheapest Porsche?
The cheapest Porsche currently for sale in the United States is the Macan, a luxury compact crossover SUV that starts from just $49,900 before you add all the extra taxes and charges and any dealer premium. The entry-level Macan is fitted with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, enough for a 0-60 mph time of 6.3 seconds without the Sport Chrono package and a top speed 141 mph. The Macan arguably bests all of its rivals in terms of the driving experience but it’s also more expensive than its peer with a Range Rover starting at just $42,650 and an AWD X2 setting you back some $38,400.
The cheapest sports car that Porsche currently makes is the 718 Cayman with a base MSRP of $56,900. With 300 ponies at its disposal from the turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-four engine, the 718 Cayman needs under five seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the manual transmission while the top speed is 170 mph. While cars like the Toyota Supra cost under $50,000, the 718 Cayman isn’t the most expensive car in its segment and it counters with great performance, great feeling behind the wheel, and a well-sorted cabin.
What is the Sportiest Porsche?
The sportiest Porsche out there is the model that spearheads the 911 lineup, the mighty GT2 RS - a track-oriented beast that’s somehow allowed to be driven on the road too. The 991-generation GT2 RS is motivated by a 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged boxer six-pot that develops 690 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 553 pound-feet of torque at 7,200 rpm. It goes from naught to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds en route to a top speed of 211 mph but still pulls 21 mpg on the highway!
The GT2 RS is monstrous even compared to other ultra-fast Porsches such as the last 991-based GT3 RS with its 4.0-liter boxer capable of 520 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of twist. The GT3 RS will be left in a speck of dust by the GT2 RS on an unrestricted bit of the Autobahn as the GT3 RS doesn’t surpass 193 mph but it’s also significantly cheaper with a 2018 MSRP of $187,500 compared to the $293,200 price tag of the GT2 RS. It’s hard to make the case for spending over $100,000 more on the GT2 RS but Porsche still sells its Nurburgring-devouring car quite well Stateside.
What is the Most Popular Porsche?
Porsche sold a total of 57,202 vehicles in the US alone, a far cry from the early days when craftsmen in Gmund, Austria, were barely able to finish a few dozen cars a month. Porsche thus ended 2018 as its ninth year of continuous growth and the best-selling model in its lineup is, coincidentally, the cheapest. No less than 23,500 Macans were delivered in 2018, more than double the total amount of Cayennes sold last year (10,733, down by some 2,000 units compared to 2017).
What may surprise you is that the third best-selling Porsche is not the Panamera, but the legendary 911 of which 9,647 units were sold over the 12 months of 2018, over 1,000 more than Panamera. This solidifies the 911’s status as a favorite among Porschephiles. The 911 is also, undoubtedly, a favorite of many gearheads as one of the best drivers’ cars money can buy and the company’s symbol.
What is the Most Expensive Porsche?
The most expensive model is the 911 GT2 RS that starts at $293,200. As far as base models go, the most expensive Porsche is the new 992-generation Porsche 911 that starts at $97,400 (for a 911 Carrera) making it $6,300 more expensive than the outgoing 991.2 911 Carrera that’s still available Stateside.
What is the Fastest Porsche?
The fastest Porsche is also the one that’s the sportiest and the most expensive - the 911 GT2 RS. With its 211 mph top speed, it’s 18 mph faster than the GT3 RS and almost 30 mph faster than the 992-generation 911 Carrera. To put it into context, the 911 GT2 RS is as fast as the 918 Spyder, Porsche’s last mid-engined supercar, and 6 mph faster than the Carrera GT.
Are Porsche Cars Reliable?
In 2015, a survey conducted by British outlet WhatCar? in conjunction with WarrantyDirect found out that Porsches were the second least-reliable luxury cars in the UK, just pipping Bentley in terms of reliability. Having said that, the most recent J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study stated that Porsche is the third most reliable brand, trailing only Lexus and Toyota in the study that looks at the dependability of three-year-old cars. Porsche surpasses in this study luxury segment stalwarts like BMW or Mercedes-Benz.