The 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 has just been revealed at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show. After a controversy that led to a three-year dry spell for the popular sportsacar, the 911 is officially back in Porsche’s lineup. After its long absence many have feared that the 911 will return breathing through a turbocharger, but instead, the new GT3, makes its comeback with a larger-displacement flat-six transferred to its tail and a manual transmission to boot.
Exterior and Interior
The 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 stays true to its established aggressive design, with some minor tweaks and changes like the addition of the new front fascia, updated taillights, and the new spoiler and diffuser. Inside, the new model takes some cues from the 918 supercar and incorporates its small-diameter steering wheel design, as well as the three seat optional displacement. The driver’s seat comes with an electric height and backrest adjustment. There are also optional 18-way power sport seats.
As for the tech, the standout feature is the Connect Plus Module. It includes Apple CarPlay, real-time traffic information and a multitude of other services. Moreover, there is a new Track Precision App, that will record all your driving data and send it straight to your phone where you can examine it later.
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Engine and Powertrain
In terms of the drivetrain, the brand-new GT3 will feature a meticulously assembled combination of already existing pieces and parts. Starting with the manual transmission that will be making a comeback in this new model, and the PDK borrowed from the 911 R, to the 911 GT3 RS’s 4.0-liter six-pack engine. Everything is cleverly put together to power the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3.
This new 4.0-liter engine comes in the place of the old 475-hp 3.8-liter, and delivers an output of 500 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque, the same figures as the GT3 RS and the 911 R have to offer. This slight increase in output takes the new GT3 from zero to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 197 mph. This is when mated to the PDK transmission, the stick-shift model manages the same feat in 3.8 seconds, but the top speed inches up by 1 mph to a total of 198 mph.
As for the performance equipment, standard features include the rear axle steering, that lessens the turning angles and increases high-speed agility by moving the rear axle with or against the front axle. There are also dynamic engine mounts that decreases the powertrain’s vibration, while a locking rear differential helps maintain rear-wheel traction. And as you may have already guessed, there is no all-wheel drive, unfortunately.
2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Release Date and Price
The 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 is yet to receive an official release date, but thankfully Porsche was kind enough to share the pricing info. The new model will start at $144,650, which is only slightly more expensive than the previous model, but far more affordable than the GT3 RS, with whom it shares its its engine and chassis technologies. Not to mention the 911 R, when compared to whom the GT3 is almost $40.000 cheaper.
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