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Porsche’s new 911 GT3 beats predecessor around Nurburgring by 17 seconds

Pricing starts at $184,850 with deliveries beginning in May

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How quick is Porsche’s newest 911 GT3? More than 17 seconds faster than its predecessor on a lap around the Nurburgring Nordschleife, Germany’s famed 12.7-mile race track-turned-sports car development circuit.

The new and seventh-generation GT3, deliveries to being in May, lapped the historic circuit known as “Green Hell” in 6:59.927. Development driver Lars Kern was at the steering wheel, and speaking of wheels, they were equipped with the optional Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires, and with the rear wing and the car’s diffuser elements manually set for high cornering speeds.

The latest 911 GT3 “transfers pure racing technology into a production model even more consistently than ever before,” Porsche proclaimed, listing such things as “the double-wishbone front axle layout and sophisticated aerodynamics with swan-neck rear wing and striking diffuser (that) originate from the successful GT race car 911 RSR,” as well as the 510-horsepower 4.0-liter 6-cylinder boxer engine “based on the drivetrain of the 911 GT3 R, tried and tested in endurance racing.”

“The result is a brilliant driving machine: efficient and emotional, precise and high-performance – perfect for the circuit and superb for everyday use.”

Porsche claims a top speed for the car of 320 km/h (198 mph) and a sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds. 

The car will be available with a 6-speed manual or Porsche’s PDK automatic transmission.

911 GT3, Porsche’s new 911 GT3 beats predecessor around Nurburgring by 17 seconds, ClassicCars.com Journal
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911 GT3, Porsche’s new 911 GT3 beats predecessor around Nurburgring by 17 seconds, ClassicCars.com Journal

“Despite a wider body, larger wheels and additional technical features, the weight of the new GT3 is on a par with its predecessor,” Porsche notes. “With manual gearbox, it weighs 1.418 kilograms (3,126 pounds), with PDK 1.435 kilograms (3,163 pounds).”

Weight-saving comes from such things as carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic hood, lightweight windows, brake discs, alloy wheels and exhaust system.

Among the car’s new features is a track setting for the digital dashboard that includes a visual “shift assistant” featuring colored bars and a shift light.

Optional equipment includes a lighter carbon-fiber roof, Guards Red or Shark Blue-painted wheels, Sport Chrono stopwatch and seatbelts in body color.

Pricing starts at €152,416 ($184,850).

For more information, visit the Porsche website.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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