Review by Veeno Dewan
“The GT3 has introduced over two decades ago and is an icon for factory-developed road/race/track cars. If you want numbers—how about this? The GT3 can do the 0-100 kph dash in 3.4 seconds with a 318 kph top speed.”
When it comes to the Porsche 911 GT3, the question is—can you improve on one of the finest Sports cars in the world?
The GT3 is the point-to-point ultimate road-going race and track car, and it is essentially lightened hardcore version of the iconic 911. The GT3 has introduced over two decades ago and is an icon for factory-developed road/race/track cars. If you want numbers—how about this? The GT3 can do the 0-100 kph dash in 3.4 seconds with a 318 kph top speed.
For 2022, the GT3 arrives with a few changes. First up is an all-new double-wishbone front suspension adapted from the 911 RSR that Porsche says delivers more excellent cornering stability and mid-corner control. The brakes are more extensive, and more lightweight materials feel their presence in the construction. The 911 GT3 differentiates itself from the standard Porsche 911s in many ways. The most noticeable feature is the extensive rear aero wing and additional air openings in the front, and a lightweight hood made from carbon fiber.
For 2022, the GT3 comes standard with LED headlights, and unique forged central locking staggered alloy 20-inch with 21-inch at the rear. The two central exhaust tailpipes at the rear have a black finish. GT3s can also be ordered with carbon-ceramic brakes and black calipers, costing a whopping $10,110! In the quest for lightness, the hood, front spoiler, and rear spoiler are carbon fiber reinforced plastic, and lighter glass is used all around. You can also order lightweight total carbon-fiber bucket seats.
On the engineering front, there are a few significant differences between the regular 911 and the GT3. The GT3 has its own dedicated 4.0 Liter flat-6 engine and either a 6-speed manual transmission, or you can, of course, opt for the 7-speed PDK automatic transmission, but why would you!? That manual gearbox is not available on other 911s. The GT3 is also the only 911 that doesn’t have a turbocharger; its naturally aspirated flat-six engine makes 502 horsepower@ at 8400 rpm and 346 pound-ft of torque at 6100 rpm.
Despite the emphasis on performance, the GT3 is not an uncomfortable bare-bones racer on the inside. The GT3’s interior is very similar to the 911 with a neat, uncluttered cabin that is pure Porsche. It also offers optional lightweight buckets designed to reduce mass and increase support. The infotainment system found on the regular 911 is also present in a 10.9-inch touchscreen. All in all, it’s a complete driver-focused interior with heavily bolstered but not uncomfortable seats. Driving ergonomics are nigh on perfect.
“It goes without saying more, the Porsche GT3 is the absolute driver’s car, offering insane speed and incredible handling at any velocity. Best of all, the GT3 has impeccable road manners on normal streets and highways.”
We drove the 7-speed PDK transmission version and were, as usual, thrilled by the lightning-quick acceleration and the supple assured ride. The steering is incredibly responsive with quick reflexes and a nice light feel. The upgrade on the GT3 with its new control-arm front suspension, combined with standard adaptive dampers and sticky Michelin tires, means the chassis offers an outstanding cornering grip.
On-centre feels it is excellent, no skittishness, just precise and instantaneous response to throttle and steering inputs. There is a notable absence of body roll and dive, under hard braking or acceleration, just incredible road feedback. The overall balance is neutral, and the rear end remains firmly planted without squirming at racetrack speeds. Yes, the ride is undeniably firm, but not enough to be super-uncomfortable. The brakes are another revelation. The carbon-ceramic combo offers easy modulation and remains fade resistant no matter how hard you push the car. The GT3’s unique engine and transcendent chassis make it the purest and most rewarding 911 to drive.
It goes without saying more, the Porsche GT3 is the absolute driver’s car, offering insane speed and incredible handling at any velocity. Best of all, the GT3 has impeccable road manners on regular streets and highways. Yet, it can handle racetracks with full-on performance. The best overall everyday sports car on the planet? Most probably!
2022 Porsche GT3 Priced from $180,300
More info at Porsche.ca