German performance juggernaut Porsche has unwrapped the latest iteration of its road-devouring sports coupe, the 911 Carrera GT3. Built as part of a celebration of the German automaker’s 50th anniversary, the GT3 was designed to be the most advanced road-going Porsche yet.
This fifth generation of the GT3 is an entirely new car from the ground up. The car features a brand-new engine, chassis, body and transmission, all designed for pure speed. The aforementioned engine is a newly developed 3.8-liter 6-cylinder Boxer engine that produces 475 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque and doesn’t hit the redline until a stratospheric 9,000 RPM.
These improvements were made possible by several changes to the GT3’s engine design, including a direct injection system and a large reduction in weight, and allow the GT3 to rocket from 0 to 60 in 3.3 seconds and to hit 124 mph in less than 12 seconds, as it keeps accelerating up to its top speed of 195 mph. Porsche engineers claim that the car can lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife, widely regarded as the most difficult track in the world, in under 7 minutes and 30 seconds.
All this power is sent to the rear wheels by a completely redesigned 7-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. The transmission is capable of shifting gears in less than 100 milliseconds, a time that has traditionally been the preserve of advanced motorsport. Although the transmission is designed to be controlled by the two steering wheel mounted paddles, it can also be controlled with the shifting stalk in a manner reminiscent of a true sequential transmission.
Much of the GT3’s speed around the track can be attributed to the car’s new rear-wheel steering system. At speeds up to 31 mph, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction of the front wheels to drastically shorten the car’s turning circle. At speeds above 50 mph, the rear wheels turn in the same direction as the front wheels, allowing for much more precise handling and increasing high-speed stability.
Befitting these hardcore changes, the exterior of the GT3 has been completely redesigned to emphasize the coupe’s aggressive nature. The car’s most distinctive feature is its enormous rear spoiler, designed to impart maximum down force so that the car’s power is continually transferred to the road, no matter how hard it is being cornered. The GT3 also receives larger wheels and a lower overall wheelbase to improve its traction and aerodynamics, while large wind scoops assist in maintaining stability as well as helping to cool the car. The front of the car is festooned with completely new LED lights and a large front spoiler as well.
The GT3 is expected to go on sale in the USA later this year and will cost $130,400 for those lucky enough to be in the position to buy one.