2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Specs and Price

The driver’s Porsche 911 returns with a manual Transmission

Sold out since early 2015, the current Porsche 911 GT3 has eventually returns to dealers with an update similar to 991.2 911. Launched at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the 911 set up by the track was re-created after almost two years with a revised style, retuned chassis, and more importantly the new drivetrain.

Not surprisingly, the race coupes do not change much in and out, and most new items are borrowed from the regular 911 which is upgraded in 2016. However, the revised chass brings new dynamics, while the troublesome 3.8-liter flat-six is ​​replaced by a 4.0-liter unit that is slightly larger than the GT3 Cup race car and the GT3 RS range. The huge news about the new GT3 911 is that Porsche finally brought the manual transmission back, giving fans a new reason to celebrate.

Developed on the same test track and manufactured on the same production line as the 911 racecar, the GT3 returns to a market that has a new competitor, the Mercedes-AMG GT R. Launched in 2016, the AMG GT R is the first Car to be auctioned for absolutely competing in the same niche, something that has not happened in recent years. Will the 911 GT3 continue to dominate this demanding segment? Let us find out in the review below.

2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Specs and Price

2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Specs and Price

2018 Porsche 911 GT3  Exterior

Just like the other 911 lineup, GT3 has been updated to the newly introduced 991.2 design. Needless to say, there is not much to talk about here because more updates about nip and fold, but most of the changes are visible. While the front fascia wore the same nose and headlamps, the bumper was revised with great focus on aerodynamics. The intake is significantly greater, while the additional wing ventilation side sports to improve downforce.

Not much to talk about here because more updates about nips and folding, but most changes are visible.

It does not look like Porsche modifies anything on its sides, but the rear gets a new rear light and a redesigned diffuser. The lamp unit is taken from the latest Porsche 911 and has a sharper design and new LED layout. The diffuser does not differ radically from the outgoing model, but minor changes provide optimal airflow. The carbon fiber wings also play small changes, the number plates have different shapes, while the side air vents are significantly larger.

All told, the new 911 GT3 is not so new, but I can not say that I expect big changes. Porsche rarely took a revolutionary route on his car, so it is far from surprising that there is not much detail to set new models and get out.

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2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Specs and Price

2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Specs and Price

2018 Porsche 911 GT3  Interior

Just like the exterior, the interior brings styling-wise mostly unchanged. As before, it uses a sport steering wheel based on 918 Spyder and a standard sports seat with forward / rear adjustment and high adjustment and electronic backing. No rear seats are provided as a weight-saving measure and to emphasize the driving orientation of the car tracks.

The standard equipment list also features the Track Precision application, which lets drivers display, record and analyze detailed driving data on smartphones.

Porsche offers three additional seat variants for the new 911 GT3. There is an Adaptive Sport seat tave Plus with electric adjustment of all seat functions (18-way) and sport bucket seats with folding backrest, integrated thorax air bag, and manual forward / back adjustment. Finally, customers can choose a full bucket seat made of carbon fiber-fiber plastic in carbon finishing solutions for the ultimate racing car experience.

So far, in addition to the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system that includes an online navigation module with real-time traffic information, the standard equipment list also features the Connect Plus module and the Track Precision application. The latter allows 911 GT3 drivers to display, record and analyze detailed driving data on their smartphones.

2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Specs and Price

2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Specs and Price

2018 Porsche 911 GT3  Powertrain

The average 3.8-liter engine was previously replaced with a larger 4.0-liter unit.

This is where new places emerge into the spotlight. For starters, the previous 3.8-liter flat-6 engine was replaced by a larger 4.0-liter unit. This swap is far from surprising, as 3.8 liters caused some problems on the previous model, prompting Porsche to issue a massive recall after several engines were on fire.

The 4.0 liter flat unit is divided by GT3 Cup racing car and rated at 500 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. It is 25 horsepower and a 15 pound-foot increase from the previous GT3 and makes the new sports car as powerful as the GT3 RS. The seven speed acceleration and dual clutch transmission stays standard and drives the 911 GT3 from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, a tenth of a second faster than the outgoing model. The top speed has increased from 195 to 197 mph as well.

2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Specs and Price

Asked for years by purists, the manual finally made a comeback on GT3.

However, the huge news is an optional six-speed manual. Requested for years by purists, the manual finally made a comeback on GT3 a few years after Porsche said it was impossible to offer a high spec11 911 with three pedals. But before there is puritan pop champagne, you should know that the GT3 manual is slower, takes 3.8 seconds to reach 60 mph. The top speed, on the other hand, is slightly higher at 198 mph.

Another feature that distinguishes both is curb weight. While the PDK version comes with a price of 3,153 pounds, the manual model lightweight 37 pounds, resulting in scales at 31116. There must be a good reason to get the manual if you want to get the road car as close as possible to the GT3 Cup rider.

The new 911 GT3 also drives a redesigned chassis with a newly introduced rear steering wheel.

On top of getting a new engine, the new GT3 911 also drives a redesigned chassis with a newly-introduced rear steering wheel. Particularly tuned to the new engine output, the chassis profits by the Porsche motor racing knowledge and gives better driving dynamics. The rear steering wheel system is also responsible for enhanced characteristics. By directing the steering in the opposite direction or equal to the front wheel depending on the speed, it also increases the vehicle agility and stability. Finally, the dynamic rotating engine and rear differential lock also improve the dynamics of the car, making it faster on the track compared to the previous GT3 911.

2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Specs and Price

2018 Porsche 911 GT3  Price

The new GT11 911 is sold when we speak and the first shipment is scheduled to begin in June 2017. Prices start at € 152,416 in Europe, including VAT and state-specific equipment, and from $ 143,600 in the United States. As a reference, the 911 GT3 is $ 24,600 more expensive than the GTS, but the price is $ 41,300 lower than 911 R.