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Published on February 17th, 2021 | by Subhash Nair

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Porsche’s New 911 GT3 Comes With A Huge Rear Wing

A 992-based Porsche 911 GT3 debuts with a different suspension system than the standard Carrera model.

Since 1999, the 911 GT3 has represented Porsche’s best work on track put directly into something that’s road legal. By 2004, the 911 GT3 was able to complete the Nürburgring Nordschleife in under 8 minutes – a rare achievement at the time. With every successive generation, Porsche manage to push performance limits.

This time around, the 911 GT3 is capable of completing the Nürburgring Nordschleife in under 7 minutes, putting it closer to the performance delivered by hypercars like the 918 Spyder than to any standard 911 Carrera.

To achieve these insane numbers, Porsche started with the heart of the beast. The same 4-litre naturally-aspirated flat 6 that powers the 911 GT3 Cup race car is found here. This engine is also found on cars like the 911 Speedster. It sends 502 hp and 470Nm of torque to the rear wheels via a 7-speed PDK, though a 6-speed manual is available to order as well.

Porsche mentioned that the reason the 7-speed PDK was used over the newer 8-speed was for weight savings. In fact, the new 911 GT3 weighs just 5kg more than its predecessor. 0-100km/h is achieved in 3.4 seconds and the top speed is 318km/h with this transmission.

Here are other modifications Porsche made to create this new GT3 versus other related 911 models.

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  • new front fascia with integrated cooling intakes, adjustable front spoiler lip and an adjustable front diffuser
  • new side skirts
  • huge new adjustable rear wing and large rear diffuser
  • in road setup, aerodynamic downforce is up to 50% more vs preceding 911 GT3
  • in track setup, downforce increases by up to 150% 
  • front track width increases by 4.826cm
  • Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) hood, rear wing, and fixed rear spoiler underneath the wing
  • lightweight, noise insulated glass on all of the windows
  • completely different suspension from standard 911 Carrera models
  • double wishbone front axle from 911 RSR and 911 GT3 Cup cars
  • rear-axle multi-link suspension features more ball joints
  • 28mm larger cast-iron brake discs in front versus the previous 911 GT3
  • 17 per cent lighter cast iron brakes versus 911 Turbo due to use of narrower friction ring
  • Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) with 410mm and 390mm discs available weighing half as much as cast iron brakes
  • special cooling channels in the brake discs and new highly efficient ventilation of the brakes
  • GT-specific forged alloy wheels
  • 20” and 21” staggered setup
  • front wheels are half an inch wider vs the previous GT3
  • rear wheels are an inch larger vs the previous GT3
  • new wheels are 1.6 kg lighter in total vs the previous GT3
  • custom pin striping on wheel in either Shark Blue or Guards Red optional
  • custom ultra-high-performance summer tires available
  • street-legal track tire previously limited to RS models now available
  • 360mm GT3 Multifunction Sport steering wheel wrapped in Race-Tex
  • steering wheel-mounted drive mode switch
  • four-way Sport Seats Plus are included as standard
  • 18-way Sport Seats Plus and carbon fiber Full Bucket Seats
  • Specially designed gear selection lever
  • GT-specific “Track Screen” function with bare essential information, including persistent tyre pressure and water temperature information
  • Chrono Package adds an analog stopwatch and a digital stopwatch with Lap Trigger support

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