Porsche 911 GT3 is capable of all the excesses – like spinning at over 300 km/h or generate enough downforce aerodynamic to move the curves more pronounced – will certainly appear superfluous on our roads, but not on a circuit, where some 80% of its owners the bring.
A race car homologated for the road. Here it is, summarized in one sentence, the essence of the GT3. In short, a car not to be put between all the hands. This is not so much because it is difficult to drive, since you can use it to make your market if you like. But this Porsche will reveal its true potential to the one or to the one who has the desire and the ability to drive sportingly. Otherwise, it is better to give up.
This word of caution is necessary in the measure in which the price charged for this GT3 might seem affordable. For a Porsche 911 GT3, hears, and for a car that is able to attack the S of Senna on the circuit Gilles-Villeneuve (1) with as much relish as the tight turns of the parking multistage of the Rockland Center. It is a self application of safe hands, expert, and especially a lot of judgment and maturity.
Porsche 911 GT3 does shakes ever really his driver, but if it so requests, it responds with a very short response time. From standstill, Porsche 911 GT3 reaches 100 km/h in just over 3 seconds, and top speed (318 or 320 km/h according to the box) is not throttled. The flat motor of 4 litres loaded to propel this Porsche has several interesting innovations. Starting with a lubrication circuit unpublished, which allows to reduce by 40% the oil flow and maximum required, and therefore the consumption of energy connected with it. Other developments, the barrels of the cylinders are now receiving a treatment by plasma spray of iron, while the solid lifters are lighter, more compact and requiring no adjustment for the life of the engine have been integrated.
On the tachometer, it is necessary to push up to 8500 turns to tease the red zone. A position sport is used to stiffen even more suspensions, but this feature is reserved only for circuits. The steering direct and precise, contributes to the behaviour on the road reassuring to this car the seats of which perfectly hold the two occupants in place. And in the back? No, weight reduction requires, the Porsche 911 GT3 is a private foundation back.
Incredibly stable at high speeds, the Porsche 911 GT3 also surprised by its agility to negotiate the curves tormented.
Unfortunately, unless you travel on a circuit, the gain obtained on the aerodynamically could find no justification. Thus, the profile minutely studied of the rear spoiler or scoops gracefully carved into the front fascia will not change the behavior of a Porsche 911 GT3 on the roads of Quebec. On the other hand, the presence of a system with four-wheel steering, though. Alone, it stabilizes the car at high speed and makes it incredibly more alert on a winding road.
The Porsche 911 GT3 is first and foremost addressed mainly to a clientele that frequent assiduously the circuits, but also – and this is new – to a chapel of purists who are struggling to accept the technical developments, recent or not, that are made to this model in the name of security, the environment, or even the effectiveness.
To satisfy all the requests
By offering a number of variations almost as high as that of Ford for its F-150 pickup, the direction of Porsche, seeks to meet the demands, even if it sometimes goes against its own decisions. The reinstatement of the manual transmission in the catalog of this model is a good example. On the previous generation, the German manufacturer has imposed on its customers the automatic PDK, under the pretext that the latter was more rapid. Perfectly true for a use in competition, but some guests would have preferred a manual transmission for better “feel” the reactions of the car on the road. Porsche did not have the choice to review its decision, and recognizes, not without surprise, that nearly a third of its european clients, this proportion is likely to be equivalent, or even more importantly, in North America) prefer “the feel of a clutch pedal”.
Less fast, this six-speed manual transmission makes it possible nevertheless to appreciate even more the Porsche 911 GT3 in the context of road use. The firmness of his order to double, however, a precise guide, which makes it difficult – with happiness – the-task at the wheel. The manual transmission adds salt to the conduct of this racing car, and an additional difficulty which will be far from displeasing to anyone who has a horror of the conduct sanitized, almost automated, cars the modern.