The track-ready supercar wrapped up in a bewigged carbon fibre package, has clocked a time around the Nürburgring-Nordschleife of 6 minutes 59.927 seconds, making it 13 seconds quicker than the 991-gen GT3 and six seconds quicker than the GT3 RS.
Described as “a highly athletic road car fit for high-performance driving on track balanced with the demands of everyday use”, its 503bhp is the same as the limited-run 911 Speedster and 10bhp more than the GT3, allowing the car to hit a top speed of 199mph (198mph with the PDK gearbox) – higher than the last GT3 RS. Capable of 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds. Porsche quotes combined fuel economy figures of 21.7-21.9mpg, with CO2 at 283-304g/km, depending on the car’s specification.
The 911 GT3 benefits from extensive exterior upgrades aimed mostly at enhancing aerodynamics. The most significant addition is a ‘swan neck’ rear wing and diffuser inspired by the 911 RSR racing car. Both features are manually adjustable in case you want to head down to a track day. The rear spoiler manually adjusts through four different settings, offering up to 160% more downforce than the previous 911 GT3.
Carrying on with the exterior, Porsche has also fitted a deeper front bumper with cleaner sides and a large central intake, plus further airflow-enhancing ‘nostril’ vents on the front bonnet. One GT3-specific optional extra is a roof made of exposed carbon fibre. Unsurprisingly, a number of customisation options via the Porsche Exclusive range are available, including carbon mirror tops, darkened headlights, a redesigned rear light cluster and Guards Red or Shark Blue paintwork for the edge of the wheel rims.
The standard wheel choices are 20” at the front and 21” at the rear, with 255/35-profile Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres at the front and 315/30 items at the rear. The 911 GT3 can also be had with optional, more track-focused Michelin Cup 2 R tyres.
The result of years of development work, the new Porsche 911 GT3 is a brilliant driving machine: efficient and emotive, precise and high-performance. Idyllic for track days and everyday use.