Porsche 911 GT3 now with 500 hp, manual gearbox

Porsche 911 GT3 now with 500 hp, manual gearbox

Aside from the Panamera Sport Turismo, Porsche has also used the 2017 Geneva Motor Show to unveil the new Porsche 911 GT3. Zuffenhausen’s track-bred sports car, moving onto the facelifted 991 body, has been breathed on to produce more power, and also offers enthusiasts with the gift of choice.

That’s because in addition to the standard seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, the GT3 is now also available with (rejoice!) the much-requested six-speed manual, derived from the limited-edition 911 R.

The engine it’s mated to is also new – a 4.0 litre (up from 3.8 litres) naturally-aspirated flat-six adapted from the GT3 RS and 911 R, developing 500 hp at 8,250 rpm and 460 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. Revised engine internals also allow the GT3 to rev higher than the other two cars – up to a screaming 9,000 rpm.

Porsche 911 GT3 now with 500 hp, manual gearbox

With the PDK equipped, the car weighs 1,430 kg, and goes from zero to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds – 0.1 seconds faster than the outgoing model – before hitting a top speed of 318 km/h. Specifying the manual gearbox drops the pounds to 1,413 kg, but it means that the GT3 will take half a second longer to hit 100 km/h at 3.9 seconds, although the top speed is slightly higher at 319 km/h.

The chassis has also been reworked for even better driving dynamics – it sits 25 mm lower than the standard Carrera S, and as before there’s active rear steering, dynamic engine mounts and a locking rear differential.

As with every other facelifted 991, the GT3 receives a number of exterior revisions, including redesigned headlights with four-point LED daytime running lights, integrated door handle recesses and new tail lights. The GT3-specific front fascia has also been reworked for a more angular look – as has the rear diffuser – while vents have also been added on the rear engine cover. There’s a new carbon fibre rear wing, too.

Porsche 911 GT3 now with 500 hp, manual gearbox

Inside, the GT3 has been given a smaller 918 Spyder-style three-spoke steering wheel, as well as a new Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system and the Connect Plus Module with Apple CarPlay connectivity. The Porsche Track Precision App, which allow drivers to record and analyse driving data on their smartphones, is also bundled in as standard equipment.

As standard, the car comes with power-adjustable Sport Seats Plus with enhanced bolsters for increased lateral support. Buyers can also specify Adaptive Sport Seats Plus with 18-way electric adjustment, a powered steering column and a memory function, as well as fixed carbon fibre Full Bucket Seats.

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Jonathan Lee

After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.



  • For those who have phobia with DSG.

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  • Mikey on Mar 07, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    In short, this GT3 is faster if U pick the PDK transmission in a sprint bcos the PDK shift faster/sleeker/better/smoother than a manual but the manual is lighter by 17kg beside the top speed is slightly higher by a single km/h.

    IMO, Loosing Half-a-second to 100 km/h is TOO much for a sports car & that will render the manual as outdated. Looks like this GT3 with PDK will be the top seller. Well, at least Porsche gives U a choice.

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    • kadajawi (Member) on Mar 08, 2017 at 7:48 am

      If you want to win a race, the PDK is the way to go. But if you want to enjoy driving, and have the necessary skills (especially sports cars can be a bit overwhelming), then nothing beats the manual.

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  • Semi-Value (Member) on Mar 08, 2017 at 11:21 am

    now can laugh at PDK owners as softies….

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  • Baker on Mar 08, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    I hate it when someone calls automatic gear car driver as a softie. Mind u that many manual gear car drivers who are perceived as tough or macho men are actually gays

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