The 992 generation expands as Porsche revealed today the new 2021 Porsche 911 GT3, defining new standards in the GT and sports car industries, with new, exclusive key designs. Like the 991 generation, the GT3 will also be available in its Touring version and deliveries will start in May 2021. Text: Luca W. © Images, video: Porsche AG ©

The Porsche 911 GT3 features a lot of new things

The new 911 GT3 is not a discreet car anymore! In fact, the top-mounted wing, mainly seen in racing cars, now sports the rear that is, through time, more and more agressive. Why did Porsche choose this kind of rear-wing? Surely to erect design consistency with the GT3 Cup and without forgetting obvious aerodynamics efficiency.

So what’s new except the 992 design? Well, you would say nothing much if we mentionned the double wishbone front axle, taken from the 911 GT3 Cup, right? Actually, it changes the handling a lot, and for the better. It should add weight, but somehow, Porsche managed to make a car that weighs 1,418 kilograms with the manual gearbox and with PDK 1.435 kilograms. Yes, you read that well: it is still possible to have a proper gear shift and a clutch pedal. Thank you Porsche.

In line with the 992 generation, there are some new features that are not to be missed. The front bonnet is made of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) for instance. Windows: lightweight glass. Exhaust system: less than 10 kilograms. Battery: 10 kilograms lighter than the 991 battery. Brakes: better. Track width: larger. Global weight: 17% lighter. Downforce: increased by 50%. Price: €165,000 (USD172,000, £123,000): ouch.

The redline is the only limit

No turbocharged engine in a GT3, don’t talk about sacrileges. The 4.0-litre, naturally aspirated flat-six engine now develops 510hp (just like the 992 GT3 Cup) and still reaches the orgasmic 9000 RPM. The gains are not incredible, but not bad: +10hp of power and +10 Nm of torque (510hp and 470Nm respectively).

Is it faster than its predecessor?

Porsche knew we would ask this question. It is on the Nordschleife, by 13 seconds. The 2021 Porsche 911 GT3 did the 20.832 kilometres long track in 6:59.927 minutes and 6:55.340 minutes on the 20.6 one. This amount of time on the Nuerburgring-Nordschleife looks huge and it is. If you can’t represent that: try to hold your breath for 13 seconds and you will see. Just for the information: it is only 3 seconds slower than the 991.2 GT3 RS.

We have to thank Porsche to keep their passion, their pur(ist)-e soul by making great cars for more than 70 years.

2021 Porsche 911 GT3 gallery