Porsche celebrates 50th anniversary with track-hardened 911 GT3

Porsche celebrates 50th anniversary with track-hardened 911 GT3

Porsche has taken the wraps off the next 911 GT3, which for the first time will only be available with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

The GT3 has a purpose-built 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine developing 475bhp – an impressive feat in itself given that the unit is naturally aspirated – and 0-60mph is dealt with in 3.5 seconds. Top speed, meanwhile, is a heady 196mph.
Porsche revealed that the GT3 will tackle the famous Nurburgring circuit in under seven and a half minutes – around the same time managed by Nissan's GT-R, and something Porsche says is crucial to win over the GT3's track-loving customer base.

A seven-speed "PDK" dual-clutch gearbox, complete with paddle shift, is also new – and developed specifically for the GT3. Porsche says that its characteristics were "inspired by the sequential gearboxes used in motor racing": yet another nod towards the GT3's track intentions.

As is tradition, the GT3 is rear-wheel-drive only, but Porsche has included a clever "active rear steering" system for the first time that adds grip through corners.

Depending on the speed of the car, the system actively points the rear wheels in the opposite (or same) direction to those up at the front – something that is said to improve both "stability and agility".

The GT3 will cost from £100,540 when it arrives in Porsche Centres later this year, but option-list-tickers can price the racy 911 way beyond that without too much difficulty.

Opt for Porsche's LED "dynamic light system" and expect to part with £1,926, while ceramic brakes come with a £6,248 price tag.

First right-hand-drive deliveries will start from November.

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