“The youngest member of the 911 GT family” Porsche refers to the new GT3, its latest star on the track, which we will soon see in the world premiere live. The Zuffenhausen brand tirelessly teases him, and members of the media were invited to jump into a prototype that is almost in production last year. Everything will be revealed today.
In a world of shrinking turbochargers and electrification, the new 911 GT3 could look like a dinosaur to non-car people. A large 4.0-liter engine with six atmospheres and atmosphere will be at the heart of Porsche’s latest GT toy, along with a choice between an old-school manual transmission and a PDK. The three pedals in the sports car are also becoming a rare sight, and we’re glad Porsche is keeping moving the stick for the 992-gen model.
Using engine development installed in the 991.2 Speedster, the new GT3 has screaming red lines of 9,000 rpm. When Porsche invited us to ride a shotgun in the prototype, the NA engine showed “a bass, a rich tone at low revs that changes into an exciting scream when that red hash on the tachometer is reached.” There are some differences between the European and North American models, as the latter will work without a particle filter, resulting in an enhanced soundtrack.
Since Porsche wants to give people what they want, other than DIY gearboxes, it should come as no surprise that the new GT3 will also be available as a Touring model. It will avoid the fluttering rear wing of the regular model in favor of a more subtle rear design, although that could come later. Improvements to the chassis and suspension should remove a few seconds from the time of the Nürburgring lap, which is really important when it comes to a machine focused on tracks.
The 911 GT3 isn’t the only new GT model introduced this year, as we’re also patiently waiting for Porsche to introduce the Cayman GT4 RS as the flagship version of the “entry-level” sports car.
Meanwhile, a live broadcast of the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 will begin at 9:00 a.m. / 2:00 p.m. GMT.