NA flat-six? Check. Manual? Oh yeah.
The next Porsche 911 GT3 is coming soon and Stuttgart is wasting no time building up the hype. Porsche's GT models are the more extreme, track-focused track toys people pay well over $100k to own and enjoy, and based on recent conversations with Andreas Preuninger, director of Porsche's GT line, the 992 GT3 goes above and beyond its predecessor in every relevant category.
We already knew the 992 GT3 will be powered by a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six with over 500 horsepower and a 9,000 rpm redline, paired to a choice of two gearboxes: a traditional six-speed manual or the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch. But Preuninger recently informed journalists that he and his team listened to customer feedback, with one result being the ability to turn off the manual's rev-match system in the new car. Additionally, the regular 992's PDK gear selector has been replaced with a grippier shifter. Preuninger still prefers the console-mounted shifter and, more than likely, most owners will too.
The interior features one notable improvement over the standard 992: a new GT mode that results in all relevant driver information being relocated from the two outer gauges, currently located behind the steering rim, to the left and right of the central analog tachometer. Like always, lightweight track-focused seats are standard and other weight-saving measures include rear-seat removal, thinner glass (the sole exception is the windshield), and less sound-deadening material.
The new GT3's chassis is significantly different from before thanks to a race-inspired multilink front suspension design, the first time ever in a 911. The rear setup is mostly carried over from the 991.2 GT3, meaning multilink with rear-wheel steering.
The car also sports a wider track, front and rear, and will still wear 20-inch rims up front and 21-inchers out back, though the tires are wider. Porsche's development team decided against the use of electronically controlled engine mounts, as these would add unnecessary weight. Size-wise, it's larger than the outgoing 991.2 GT3 thanks to a completely revised aerodynamics package that includes vents on the nose and an extremely cool swan neck rear spoiler. Preuninger gave Top Gear's Chris Harris an exclusive sneak peek of the final production version's front and rear sans camouflage, and we must say it looks darn good. Also noteworthy is that the carbon fiber hood was a major area of focus because it had to pass rigorous crash tests.
Porsche is expected to unveil in full the 992 911 GT3 in late January 2021, but we expect the final product to look much the same as the spy shots we've previously seen.