Porsche 911 GT3: Rasant without turbo
Porsche has given the 911 GT3 a facelift, but left it a decisive feature: the suction engine. In addition, there is the racing car with road registration now again with a six-speed manual gearbox.
Not everything is new to the new 911 GT3. Most of him – and about him – is well-known: among other things, the thoroughly sympathetic circumstance that he was the only one within the Porsche product range not yet subjected to the turbo dictation, but as his ancestors still compete with conventional suction engine technology may. It is also known that he dominates the bridging between racing and road like hardly any other of his genre. He celebrates what has long been an overwhelming demand: a systematic and light-weight construction, fitted with racing sports technology, in favor of an unfiltered, high-dynamic dynamic.
GT3 owners, not only the benevolent values, which have become happy with the last variant on the basis of 991, know that the exploration of the border area is less dependent on the physical nature of their subsoil, but rather on the place of deployment and, moreover, on their willingness And can itself. In this respect it seems at first glance boldly to the stimulus of a GT3, as we have learned so far, with a few more-PS want to increase. But Porsche creates this with a regularity, which must marvel only in the ignorance of the market situation and with the disappearance of the human psyche: In its now presented second stage of development the probably only insider as a re-established GT3 to be identified top athletes of the 991 series with 500 PS – 25 hp and 20 Newtonmeter of torque more, than the previous, until the end of 2015 to the man, respectively the woman brought forward variant.
Base price: 152.416 Euro
And yet, the run on the youngest offspring from the Weissach GT department is so great that one rubs his eyes in astonishment. According to reports, the order intake was already a little more overwhelming shortly after presentation of the new GT3 variant. No bad deal, with a basic price of 152,416 euros. With a few additional gimmicks, which you would like to do without a knowledgeable GT3 enthusiast – lift system for the front axle, LED headlights including Dynamic Light System Plus, leather / Alcantara seats and a reversing camera to name a few But it is good and happy 180,000 euros, which must be blown for the dream of the new unfiltered sports pleasure on the 911 GT3.
Whether it is the new, standard-mounted rear-axle steering system, which boosts the desire so, or the option to choose an alternative, and at no extra charge, a mechanical six-speed transmission instead of the previously available double clutch transmission PDK, nobody knows so exactly. It is certain that the abbreviation GT3 stands for a promise, the fulfillment of which promises great satisfaction. The question, however, is: How would Porsche’s project manager Andreas Preuninger have prompted him to develop his driving dynamics so much that Wunderdingen is already amazed by his hand? Under 7.20 minutes on the Nürburgring Nordschleife should be in it. The new would then be about ten seconds faster than the predecessor. A similarly significant improvement is to be expected on the small course in Hockenheim. And with an additional output of only 25 hp?
Powerful Porsche with suction engine
The included “Porsche Track Precision App”, a smartly transmitted, smart instructions for the imitation of the ideal round. It will not be alone. For the driving dynamic quantum leap, Weissach leads the following points:
The engine: Now with 500 hp and a maximum torque of 460 Newtonmeter it is the most powerful suction engine with direct injection, which Porsche has ever built.
The performance curve of the four-liter boxer culminates at 8,250 revolutions per minute and the maximum torque reaches its peak at 6,000 rpm.
The maximum speed lies at a remarkable 9,000 revolutions. There has not yet been any closer reference to racing. The engine operating with a rigid valve control, that is to say with toothed levers without hydraulic balancing elements and therefore with extremely low friction losses, is identical to that of the racing version 911 GT3 Cup. Both motors are produced on the same production line.
Maximum speed up to 320 km / h
The power-to-weight ratio: With only 2.83 kilos per horsepower, that of the manual, nominally only 1.413 kilograms GT3 variant is the cheapest. Compared to the PDK version (1,430 kg), she is still slightly behind the wheel. With 3.9 seconds it is half a second slower to 100 km than the version with double clutch transmission. This is indicated with 3.2 seconds. The PDK variant decides on the sprint to just 200 km / h: 11.0 vs. 11.4 seconds. The difference in the top speed – 318 km / h with PDK, 320 km / h with the manual switch – is explained by the Different translation ratios. The newly developed dual-mass flywheel and automatic intercooler-equipped GT sports gearbox, in contrast to the seven-speed PDK gearbox, makes one gear less available. Unlike the PDK, the power is passed on to a mechanical rather than an electronically controlled rear axle interlock. This will satisfy the technical purists as well as the possibility of sorting the aisles by their own responsibility.
The PDK transmission: In the shift programs, a new revised version, according to Porsche, is an even more beneficial alliance with the six-cylinder boxer than before. With all the sympathy for the perfect manual gearbox that works with short, crisp gearshifts, the new PDK gearbox in the automatic mode has so perfectly internalized the optimum gearshifting points and / or rotational speeds that it is extremely difficult for him to be the same. As hard as it is to accept the technological advances: With the aid of the PDK gearbox, which is in every respect ingenious, you are not only traveling faster, but also has considerably higher safety reserves. There is no trace of traction interruptions, such as are forcibly occurring during manual shifting. Load cycle reactions are also not a topic, the risk of the interlocking also not.
Aerodynamics: The characteristic feature of the GT3, the rigid carbon tailgate, is now 20 millimeters higher in the airflow than its predecessor, which according to Porsche slightly increases the downforce without harming the drag coefficient. In addition, the bow and stern parts are optimized both in terms of weight and aerodynamics.