2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Review: The Ultimate Sports Car
Originally produced to satisfy homologation rules for FIA competition, the 911 GT3 has had an intrinsic connection to Porsche’s racing efforts since the model’s launch in 1999. With the introduction of the 992 generation GT3 , shared DNA is more evident than ever. Yet Porsche has managed to strike a balance between capability and pragmatism, resulting in a capable machine that will mercilessly stalk the peaks on a track while providing an enjoyable driving experience outside of a curated road course.
But don’t think for a moment that the GT3 has gone limp. Developed alongside its racing counterparts by Porsche’s GT division, the new car’s sub-3,200 lb (1,451 kg) curb weight remains virtually unchanged from its predecessor despite the transition to the larger platform. 992 shape thanks to a strong focus on mass reduction throughout the car. A new exhaust system saves 22 lbs (10 kg) here, a lithium iron phosphate battery saves a few pounds there – it all adds up. And that approach is a recurring theme in the 992 GT3.
New adjustable aerodynamic elements increase downforce by up to 150% compared to the previous generation GT3 (known as the 991.2). And in a first for a road-going 911, the new GT3 adopts the double-wishbone front suspension setup of the 911 RSR race car to improve handling precision. According to GT division boss Andreas Preuninger, the design improves contact patch stability as the suspension absorbs bumps and other road surface imperfections, allowing Porsche engineers to stiffen the chassis while maintaining the driving flexibility. New adaptive dampers, which can react to road conditions in about half the time, further contribute to this mission.
But as the only naturally aspirated model in the current 911 lineup, the engine is arguably the centerpiece of the GT3 formula. Seemingly an updated version of the 4.0L flat-six used in the 991.2 Speedster, its 9,000-rpm rising redline is the stuff dreams are made of. Peak outputs of 502 hp (375 kW) and 346 lb-ft (469 Nm) of torque are marginal increases over the previous generation, but the outgoing GT3 wasn’t exactly lacking in straight-line thrust. The new electrical architecture of the 992 platform allowed engineers to fit the GT3 engine with six individual throttle bodies for even more immediate response.
That engine is mated to a seven-speed PDK automatic gearbox in the GT3, and the combination is capable of propelling the rear-drive coupe to 60mph from a standstill in 3.2 seconds. For those who like to row themselves, however, a six-speed manual gearbox with automatic rev-matching is also available as a no-cost option. Our tester was fitted with the latter, and we’d consider it worth the extra half-second it takes to hit that speed. American Porsche buyers seem to agree, as more than 70% of them opted for three pedals with the last generation GT3.