While waiting for the next-gen model to arrive early next year, chew on this fine selection of Porsche 911 GT3 tuning packages.
With news emerging that a new 911 GT3 is set to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show this March, we thought it apt to look back at some of the top tuning jobs for the track-focused sports car from Stuttgart; something to tide you over until the new GT3 is unleashed, expected to arrive with 450 horsepower sent to the rear wheels via a dual-clutch transmission. From funky decals to serious boosts in power, the following aftermarket packages have transformed the already radical Porsche 911 GT3 into something even more desirable.
German tuner Magnat seemingly drew inspiration for its high-contrast 911 GT3 from a storm trooper, so it's only fitting it dubbed its upgrade package the "Snowmobile". Features include the black stripe that extends from the hood to the tail, decals above the side sills, 19-inch OZ Ultraleggera HLT CT rims and a sports exhaust system with suction tubes.
MR Car Design's sub-brand REIL Performance delivered a solid aftermarket program for a Porsche 997 GT3 including a lightweight Akrapovic exhaust which boosts power to 455 hp output and gives the 3.8-liter flat-6-cylinder engine an improved soundtrack. The German supercar also gained a KW Variant 3 coilover suspension system that features a HLS Hydraulic Kit system for improved handling and cornering, as well as an adorable panther sticker.
Swiss tuning house Sportec dubbed its Porsche 911 (997-Series) GT3 RS4.0 creation the SP 525, as a result of boosting performance to 525 hp (and 354 lb-ft of torque) thanks to the addition of an Akrapovic exhaust system along with sports catalytic converters and a revamped ECU. Sportec also added an in-house built traction control system, lightweight carbon fiber hood, Bilstein shocks, 20-inch Mono/7 wheels, and bigger brakes with ceramic discs.
Porsche aftermarket specialist 9ff really raised the bar with its epic 911 GT3 build, completely rebuilding the engine with added turbos and enhanced aero for one of the quickest custom Porsches on the market. 9ff's GTurbo starts with the GT3's 3.6-liter flat-six, boring it out to 3.9 liters and adding a Garrett GT1200R turbo. The resulting 1,200 horsepower and 848 lb-ft of torque is sent to the rear wheels through a 6-speed for a 3.3-second 0-62 mph time and a top speed in excess of 250 mph.
Royal Muffler's GT3 is dubbed "Satin Blue", a nod to the car's cool body wrap made up of satin blue combined with satin grey and satin white racing stripes. To reduce weight, the car's rear wing has been replaced by a new carbon-fiber one taken from the GT3R Hybrid, while the car sits on a new set of center lock BBS alloys. The wheels are powder-coated in black and wrapped in Toyo R888 tires, while the factory ceramic brakes have been replaced by a new set of Brembo Type III Two-Piece Floating Discs, which are specifically designed for track use. The interior is left untouched save for painting the roll cage.