Porsche 911 GT3 Speed kept things “simple” with this new GT3: take the engine from the old GT3 RS. The result is a 35 hp boost for the GT3, which increases to 510 hp. Details for the mechanics depend on performance as the coupe arrives at the Nürburgring in less than 7 minutes.
Before that, one of the rare 911s in the series had to drop below the 7-minute mark at the legendary Nürburgring. This happened most recently with the 911 GT3 RS. This time, the GT3 speed test was “easy” with a top speed of 6 minutes and 59 seconds. As you can imagine, Porsche had to resort to a grand scheme to show the time on a chronograph.
The Porsche 911 GT3 Speed uses the now famous 4.0 six-cylinder atmospheric engine that inherits some peculiarities: a 6 throttle inlet and an ultra-light exhaust duct, despite the two particulate filters. The block is capable of accelerating up to 9,000 rpm and gaining a lot of torque (+ 10 Nm to 470 Nm).
A true old-fashioned mechanic without a breathing apparatus, which almost forgets the flexibility and enormous torque for high performance at high revs. A long way from 1999 and the first GT3! Remember: at the time it was powered by 3.6 atmospheres with 360 horsepower. 22 years later, it gains 150 hp without exploding its displacement.
The six cylinders are connected to a six-speed manual transmission or a PDK automatic transmission. The rear axle is equipped with an electronic differential that is controlled by torque vectoring, which is now quite normal with this performance.
Running gear from the race
New Porsche 911 GT3 landing gear went a long way with the advent of double triangulation resulting from competition at the top. The Porsche 911 GT3 took over the work of the 911 RSR to develop an ultra-rigid joint that eliminates the lateral force typical of the classic McPherson pseudo-chassis.
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Another big innovation is the introduction of a directional multi-link rear axle. Wheels are steered and can be turned up to 2° against the direction of travel to increase agility at low speeds.
The new Porsche GT3 992 is fitted as standard with very classic steel disc brakes, internally ventilated and generous: 408 mm at the front, 380 mm at the rear. Customers can optionally choose a 410mm / 390mm carbon-ceramic disc. Also carbon in the roof (optional). The brakes are hidden behind the forged 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels, which went through a certain weight-loss drug because they lost 800 grams compared to the previous model.
The Porsche 911 GT3 Speed comes with semi-digital instrumentation as standard: an analog tachometer and a small TFT display with lots of useful information like oil pressure. The 10-inch center screen combines the infotainment elements. With the Porsche 911 GT3 facing the track, that doesn’t stop Porsche from offering a range of options sometimes associated with other less extreme models, such as the Matrix LED headlamps.
In general, however, most customization options are limited to letters, dots, color choices, and insets. Also noteworthy is the presence of the “Club Sport” pack, which includes an approved cage arch, six-point safety belt, battery circuit breaker control, and fire extinguisher. This package is free.