Porsche 911 GT3 and GT3 Touring In-Depth Review


Positives-

Available with a 6-speed manual, The Engine is a masterpiece, Induction noise is Fabulous.


Negatives-

The front grille is not to everyone's taste, Very firm Suspension for the road, Expensive optional extras.


Exterior Design

The 992 911 GT3 isn't very different on paper than its predecessor the 991 GT3 but get In-Depth and you will see the changes. I will talk about the new aerodynamics and suspension in detail in a bit but let's first talk about the styling differences so the car gets a new front grille which is wider than before and new vents in the frunk, there are also new alloy wheel designs and a car is quite a bit larger than the car it replaces at the back you get a new rear wing and a completely different rear diffuser with central mounted exhaust pipes and the most important thing is the Central locking wheels and the front track is 48mm wider than the standard 992 Carrera s.

Otherwise, the car has all the same changes that the 992 Carrera s has which means it gets an all-new rear light bar that runs the entire rear length of the car, there are also all-new front headlights with matrix technology available as an option.

The touring model gets more subtle looks than the 911 GT3 with no big rear wing there is a small deployable wing which raises at braking other changes include a different front grille which is less in your face than the GT3 and there is also a chicken messed Design for the rear engine cover.


Interior Design

The interior is all-new for the 992 GT3 you get a completely different dash design which curves like the water-cooler 911s used to do there is also a brand new touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and android auto coming soon, changes front the standard 911 include a new gear selector for the PDK transmission with a proper stick rather than a small gear lever, there is also a lot more Alcantara to save weight because it is lighter than leather and the GT3 has less sound insulation than the normal Carrera models, otherwise, it's pretty much the same which means it's decently practical and there is also a huge change than other 911 models which are the incredible 918 spyder bucket seats with Alcantara in the middle they hug you tight in the corners and are extremely well-bolstered and they look quite cool too. There are no rear seats like the standard model to keep the weight down which means it's only a 2+0 seater. If you get the touring model of the GT3 model then you get more leather and you configure the color of leather you want from the Porsche individual program not only that you can choose your color and also the color of the stitching on the dashboard and the seats.


Boot space

The GT3 and the touring has the same front boot also known as fruit as the standard GT3 which is 132 liters which is good enough to carry 2 airplanes sized suitcases, there are no rear seats but there is some space there to put maybe 1 more airplane sized suitcase which is pretty decent for this segment of car.


Aerodynamics and Weight Saving materials

There are so many more aerodynamic bits in the 992 the main thing is the new rear wing with the Swan wing design in which the handles come to the top of the wing rather than under it which helps create more downforce but also creates less drag which helps the top speed there are also new vents on the frunk and a larger grille upfront for cooling the radiators faster there are also new aero under the car to improve the airflow, there is also a new rear diffuser which is larger and also creates more downforce which means a 124 mph or 200 km per hour it creates 50% more downforce than the old GT3 and if you adjust the wing at its most aggressive setting it creates a total of 385 kg of downforce which is 150% more downforce than the 991 GT3. but the biggest talking point of the GT3 is its front suspension its no longer the old mc-Phusion struts all-new Double wishbone suspensions have come straight from the GT3rsr race car. As I told you earlier that the car is quite a bit larger than its predecessor so you expect the weight to increase dramatically right, but it's not the case here Porsche has done various ways to keep the weight as low as possible as a result its only 5kg heavier than the 991.2 generation. The way they were able to keep the weight down was because they have used thinner glass for the rear window which saves 5kg there is an all-new stainless steel exhaust system which saves 10kg there is the all-new carbon-fiber roof which is all-new for the GT3 it saves 2.5 kg the carbon fire front boot cover saves 3kg, as a result, the car weights 1420 kg which is pretty good for a modern-day performance car and the touring also weights the same.


Chassis

The chassis differences are also quite substantial from the standard Carrera s first of all the car is lowered by 20mm, the spring rates are twice as stiff as the Carrera s they have also tweaked the rear suspension and fitted the car with racing-style rose joints and you can also adjust the two and the camber angle of the wheels and also the adjustable anti-roll bars and all-new adaptive dampers specially made for the GT3. There is also Rear-wheel steering which makes the car more agile through the corners and also improves high-speed stability. Overall the chassis is quite stiff and great for track days. The GT3 touring has the same chassis and the same rear-wheel steering system. The tires have also been upgraded with Michelin pilot sport cup 2r tires.


Engine and Gearbox

The engine is the same one as the old GT3 which is a fantastic thing that means it is the motorsports-derived 4 liter flat-6 Naturally Aspirated engine with direct fuel injection, all new individual throttle bodies, and a lot more witchcraft from Weissach to make 510 horsepower at 9 thousand rpm and 470-newton meter of torque at 6 thousand rpm the stats are the same for the GT3 touring as well, both cars are available with a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed Pdk gearbox which is faster shifting than before. The acceleration times are identical to the old 911 GT3 that meaning 0 to 100 in 3.4 seconds with the Pdk and 3.9 seconds with the manual but of course Porsche are conservative about their 0 to 100 times and people are getting 2.8 seconds with them and a standing quarter-mile in 10.8 seconds which is very impressive numbers indeed. The top speed for the Pdk variants is 318 km per hour and the manual trims are 320 km per hour. The GT3 touring has the same top speed.


Driving Experience (On-Road)

So let's talk about the dynamics of the new 992 911 GT3 on the road first so first of all let's start with the ride quality as you know the 911 GT3 has a brand new suspension as I talked about it earlier so the ride quality is not that good on bad roads the suspension is very jittery and even on perfect roads the suspension never seems to be settle but if you want to drive on the mountain roads and your favorite roads occasionally then the suspension is very good because it is firm you get to feel the road and the chassis is extremely playful with rear-wheel steering and the curb weight of 1420 kg it is extremely fun and the Gearbox whichever you pick both are fabulous the Pdk is fast and very smooth, but it's the Manual Gearbox to pick it is so tactile and gives you a better connection to the car and combined with the extremely light but delicate and gives you a lot of feedback. Now let's see how good it is on the track where it matters the most.


Driving Experience(On Track)

The 911 GT3 chassis is fabulous but the star of the show is the Engine that flat 6 just revs and revs and revs for days and the Manual Gearbox is so tactile and mechanical to use and even if it is slower than the Pdk transmission but not everything instant is good. The new suspension and the aerodynamics also make a big difference with the double-wishbone suspension upfront makes the car glued to the road like insane and the tires give acres of grip the Michelin Pilot sport cup 2r tires are not very good when they are cold but once they get warm they are just insane. The steering is very light but hyperactive and gives you a lot of confidence. When approaching through the corner you have to brake very hard to shift the weight to the rear axle and then just floor it. The Rear-wheel steering makes it very agile through the corners. Yes, there is some understeer first when you approach the corner So you have to balance the rear of the car.


Optional Kit

There are many optional kits you can choose for the car and many which are not necessary so let's start the list with the Clubsport package which includes a road-legal Rollbar which is a free option, There are 918 spyder carbon fiber backed bucket seats for ₹10,098,100, there are special paints available for ₹732,100, the Carbon fiber roof is ₹729,600 and for the Touring model, you can opt for Manufacturer Designo leather package where you can choose the color of stitching, Color of leather in the seats and many more for ₹24,50,500. The last option I will recommend you for the car if you do track day is PCCB which is Porsche carbon-ceramic brakes which is a ₹10,00,000 option.


Final Verdict and Competition

So let's start with the competition for the GT3 in India there are quite a few big hitters like the Amg Gtr, Aston Martin Vantage F1 edition coming soon, and F Type P-575. So what is my final Verdict on the 992 Porsche 911 GT3 is that its a fantastic track car and for driving on your favorite roads and at the price of ₹2.49 Cr it's very well priced too, So the main question GT3 or competitors well If you don't drive your car on the track then the F TYPE is a better car because it is more comfortable and the power is more accessible but I would buy the GT3 because it has a manual transmission and I want to track my car but if you want an automatic sports car you don't take to the track then yes, the F type is a better package overall



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