Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

GT3 Emergency Call ; NEW CAR REVIEWFor True Drivers, Porsche's Latest 911 GT3 Needs No Introduction. Andy Enright Checks It Out

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

GT3 Emergency Call ; NEW CAR REVIEWFor True Drivers, Porsche's Latest 911 GT3 Needs No Introduction. Andy Enright Checks It Out

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THE Porsche 911 GT3 is to many serious drivers a deity amongst sports cars. It's the car they'd have and never sell, the most capable combined road and track car that's ever been offered for sale.

BEHIND THE WHEEL It's customary to talk about how quickly the GT3 laps the Nurburgring at the hands of Walter Rohrl, and while Porsche is quietly confident that it's quicker than even the banzai 911 GT3 RS 4.0 that sent the 997 Series Porsche 911 out on such a high, how relevant is it to us mere mortals? Not so much. We already know it's ludicrously rapid. With 462bhp developed at 8,250rpm, a redline set at 9,000rpm and 440Nm of torque at 6,250rpm, it was always going to be thus.

With all that rear-wheel drive traction and a built in launch control mode enabled, 62mph arrives in just 3.5 seconds and 124mph (200km/h) in just 11.4 seconds. There's even a special 'doughnut mode' that Porsche has engineered for this car that disengages the clutch when you pull both paddles towards you and brings it back in sharply when you release them, simulating the clutch-kick that skilled drivers use to bring the rear of the car into play.

For those who think this is a mildly breathedon 911 Carrera engine, rest easy. Only the crank case, the cylinder head bolts and the chain drive are shared. The brakes utilise steel discs although carbon ceramic rotors are on the options list if you're feeling flush.

A NEW TWIST For the first time, the GT3 bodyshell is based on a wide body, this distinction previously distinguishing GT3s from their even harder-edged GT3 RS siblings.

The body is a development based on the 991 Carrera with extensive use of aluminium in the front and rear body, as well as the floor assembly, roof, wings, front boot lid and doors, which reduces the shell weight by around 13 per cent over the previous model.

Nevertheless, a 1435kg GT3 is still around 15kg heavier than a Carrera with a PDK gearbox. …

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