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Published on November 1st, 2017 | by Subhash Nair

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The 911 GT3 Makes South East Asian Debut in Kuala Lumpur

Sime Darby Auto Performance just gave the Porsche 911 GT3 its Malaysian AND South East Asian debut. Porsche enthusiasts in Malaysia finally have a glimpse of the radical new generation 911, and if you’re quick, you can see it at Bangsar Shopping Centre.

The new 911 GT3 bridges the gap between everyday driving and the racetrack. This supercar for the road sports a naturally aspirated, high-revving 4-litre six cylinder engine. No need for turbochargers to produce 500hp. This is virtually the same engine that goes into the 911 GT3 Cup racing car. Its power to weight ratio is 2.86kg per horsepower, with a performance-tuned 7-speed PDK as standard.  0-100km/h happens in just 3.4 seconds and it’ll keep climbing to 318km/h if you let it.

For most Porsche GT owners, the 911 GT3 offers an unbeatable 2-in-1 package, being able to switch between everyday driving to racetrack-ready performance on the fly. The best part is that THIS version of the 911 GT3 comes with a six-speed manual gearbox too. This pushes the top speed up to 320km/h at a slight off-the-line disadvantage. You just can’t match the PDK’s quick shifting speed for acceleration.

The chassis of the new 911 GT3 benefits from Porsche’s motor racing experience and its tuning has been reworked for enhanced driving dynamics. The new two-seater sits around 25mm lower than the 911 Carrera S. In addition, the chassis has been dynamically enhanced thanks by the inclusion of rear-axle steering.

This steers the rear wheels in the same direction as the front wheels at high speed and steers them in the opposite direction at low speed. This makes the 911 GT3 drive fantastic at speed and manoeuvre well in the city. The dynamic engine mounts and rear differential lock also boosts the car’s driving dynamics.

When it comes to appearance, the 911 GT3 leaves little doubt as to its purpose. The dominant carbon rear wing emphasises the car’s look is all about aerodynamics. The lightweight front end and front spoiler have been optimised for better airflow. This extends to the rear, which now has exhaust air openings on the new diffusor.

The interior of the new high-performance sports car is tailored to the 911 GT3 driving experience. The GT sports steering wheel with a diameter of 360mm originates from the 918 Spyder. Both the driver and passenger experience the dynamics thanks to Porsche Sports Seats Plus with enhanced seat side bolsters and mechanical fore/aft adjustment. The seat height and backrests are adjusted electronically. As the 911 GT3 is traditionally a two-seater, the seat pans in the rear are covered.

Porsche offers three additional variants in the seats:

Adaptive Sports Seats Plus (with 18-way eletrical adjustment)

Sport Bucket Seats (with folding backret, integrated thorax airbag and manual fore/aft adjustment)

Full Bucket Seats (made from light carbon fibre reinforced plastic in carbon-weave finish

Porsche Communication Management (PCM), including online navigation with real-time traffic info is standard equipment. So is Connect Plus and the Track Precision app, which will keep you informed of detailed driving data while on the racetrack.

The 911 GT3 starts from RM1,700,000 including all duties, but excluding road tax, insurance and registration fees.


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