Stop what you’re doing. Porsche has posted a ‘Ring time for the new 911 GT3, and it’s quick. 7 minutes, 12.7 seconds, set by Porsche test driver Lars Kern in a “standard trim” car equipped with the PDK ‘box, Michelin Pilot Sport 2s and optional rear-wheel steering.
That storming time equates to a 12.3s gain over its GT3 predecessor around the circuit, which is some considerable margin. We’re told on the day, the air temperature was eight degrees, while the track itself was 14 degrees: “ideal” for Kern to go full throttle.
“A few years ago,” explains Andreas Preuninger, Porsche’s GT boss, “lap times like this could only ever be achieved by thoroughbred racing cars with slick tyres. The new GT3 can now achieve this with comparatively modest power, but is still fully suited to everyday use.”
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The engine is the only major difference between this new GT3 and the car it replaces – the 4.0-litre, naturally aspirated flat-six gives that higher red-line and 24 more horsepower.
“If you can drive fast on the Nordschleife,” Frank-Steffan Walliser, Porsche’s VP of Motorsport said, “you can drive fast anywhere in the world.”
Hit play on the video above for the full, blood-curdling run. The noise that 4.0-litre makes at the very top end is quite intense.
The new Porsche 911 GT3 is better than you, and it’ll let you know when it gets bored by becoming a machine made of pure anger. But it won’t bite unless you’re a colossal moron.
Some things in life simply aren’t fair. I’m short, started balding before I hit 30 and don’t get on well with cheese. Those things aren’t fair. Nor is the fact that I’ll likely not get a 991.2 Porsche 911 GT3 of my own, because it is simply brilliant. It’s not without flaws, sure, but there’s no Photoshop in the real world and nothing should be perfect anyway.
Porsche’s GT cars are always a bit special. From their genesis, the 2.7 liter RS of the 1970’s, to the electrifying 991.1 GT3 RS and the unjustly brilliant Cayman GT4, they’re uncompromising speed machines designed to get around circuits faster than the other guy with as little fuss as possible. The latest iteration of 911 GT3 is of the same ilk, which means it’s a 911 plus. It’s the car from fifty years ago with fewer toys and more grunt.
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