Porsche has used the glitz and glamor of the 2013 Geneva Motor Show to unveiled its all-new fifth-generation 911 GT3. For those who are not entirely familiar with Porsche’s current line up the GT3 model is the uber performance, track ready/inspired model. Which currently sits atop the 911 range and until the Porsche 918 Hybrid hits the market in a years time, the GT3 is also the top model for the brand.
2014 Porsche 911 GT3 – Front 3/4
This is the fifth model to wear the GT3 badge since the 996-series original. All the “right” parts are present and accounted for: the fixed rear wing, single-lock alloys, instinctive front bumper with air vents on the bonnet, wide rear wings (by 44 mm compared to the Carrera S). Under the skin, though, it’s very different from what has gone before.
2014 Porsche 911 GT3 – Up high from above
The 2014 911 GT3 arrives with a new 3.8L flat-six engine borrowed from 911 Carrera S, but with several mechanical improvements. Porsche upgraded most of the engine’s components, including titanium connecting rods and forged pistons, bumping power from 400 horsepower to 475 horsepower.
2014 Porsche 911 GT3 – Rear 3/4
A dual-clutch PDK transmission (no standard manual gearbox will be offered) with shorter gearing than lesser 911 models sends power to the rear wheels. Providing forward motion isn’t the only thing those rear wheels will be doing, as Porsche says the 2014 911 GT3 is fitted with the manufacturer’s first active rear-wheel steering.
2014 Porsche 911 GT3 – Interior
All of those performance goodies net a 0-100 time of just 3.3 seconds, 0-200 km/h and on to a top speed of 315 km/h (195 mph). Oh, and it laps the Nordschleife in “under 7:30”. That’s fast, if you consider that in Porsche-conducted tests, the GT2 recorded a 7:32.0 lap time and the Carrera GT 7:28.0, both with WRC champion Walter Röhrl behind the wheel.
2014 Porsche 911 GT3 – Stretching its Legs on the Track
Luckily for us or I suppose you the reader would be the fact that Evo magazine’s Jethro Bovingdon has already had the opportunity to sit down with and interviewed Porsche Motorsport manager Andreas Preuninger about the new GT3. Preuninger does a great job of explaining the justification of all of the cars new design and technology features.
2014 Porsche 911 GT3 – All lined up and ready to go
What’s more, he insists that, despite being an all-new car, it delivers the goods one has come to expect from the hardcore version of the 911. The 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 will arrive at U.S. dealerships later this year with a starting price of $131,350,