The fifth generation Porsche 911 GT3 was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show yesterday to commemorate Porsche’s 50th anniversary. Porsche claims that the new GT3 is as fast around the Nurburgring, if not faster, than the track monster that was the GT3 RS 4.0.
The 2014 Porsche GT3 will come with a PDK transmission as standard, customers will not have the option to opt for a manual transmission. This latest iteration of the GT3 marks the first time in Porsche’s history that a manual transmission has not been fitted to the track ready sports car. Instead, Porsche has employed a 7-speed dual clutch transmission that allows for faster shift times, and thus improved acceleration. The PDK ‘box has been calibrated to function like a sequential manual gearbox found in many racecars, as a result, shifts occur abruptly in under 100 milliseconds. The PDK gearbox gives the driver the ability to essentially engage the clutch by depressing both paddle shifters simultaneously.
In an interview with Jethro Bovingdon of Evo Magazine (video posted below), Porsche’s Andreas Preuninger says the impetuous behind the ability to essentially engage the clutch as though the GT3 were a manual was to allow the driver to hoon the car more easily. Preuninger jokingly referred to the clutch kick function as “donut mode.”
A new 3.8 liter flat six cylinder is used in the GT3, the engine which is derived from the 991 Porsche Carrera S receives upgraded pistons, crankshaft, and connecting rods. The Porsche has a 0-60 time of 3.3 seconds, and a top speed of 195 mph. The engine redlines at 9,000 rpm. The flat six produces 475 horsepower (50 more horsepower than the 997 GT3) and 324 lb-ft of torque.
For optimal handling the Porsche GT3 comes with rear wheel steering, which is employed for improved turn-in. Steel ventilated brakes come as standard, though carbon ceramic breaks are available as an option. The GT3 comes with a locking differential that when paired with the “clutch kick” function could make for some terrific wheel spinning fun.
Porsche decided to use electric power steering in the 991 GT3 instead of traditional hydraulic power steering. Preuninger stressed that the development team was mindful of criticism electric power steering has received due to its lack of road feel, and says the development team focused on making the steering as communicative as possible.
The Porsche GT3 will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2013 with a base price of $130,400.