Fifth-generation 911 GT3 breaks with tradition but still looks to deliver the goods.
Alongside the racing version, Porsche has arrived in Geneva with the new 911 GT3. Powering the hard-core 911 is a revised version of the familiar naturally-aspirated 3.8-liter flat-six that revs all the way up to 9,000 rpm and produces a whopping 475 horsepower. As projected, the new GT3 will be available exclusively with the automaker's seven-speed dual-clutch transmission fitted with shorter gear ratios and sending all that power to the rear wheels.
Along with the manual, Porsche has also ditched the traditional hydraulic steering system in favor of an electric rack. It's also fitted, for the first time, a four-wheel steering system that angles the rear wheels in the same direction as the front at high speeds, and the opposite angle when moving slower. The 20-inch alloys side inside a 1.7-inch wider rear track. Performance figures are suitably GT3 hard-core, hitting 60 in just 3.3 seconds and hitting a top speed of 195 mph. It also reportedly laps the Nurburgring in less than seven and a half minutes. So how much will all that performanc sost you? A little over $130,000 when it hits US dealers later this year.