2018 Porsche 911 GT3: The beast is back and it's driving stick
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2018 Porsche 911 GT3: The beast is back and it's driving stick

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[SOUND] When Porsche updated the 911, we knew a new GT3 and GT3 RS weren't far off. And at Geneva 2017, the GT3 has peeked out its head and it's shaping up to be something rather special. Let's dispense with the normal preamble and talk of power. In the back, there's a [INAUDIBLE] aspirated four-liter engine that kicks out 500 horsepower and 339 Pound foot. Porsche said it's super closely related to its GT3 cup racer. It's also built on the same line as those cars, and tested in the same places. So essentially it's a freaking race car, except there are a few things on there that will make it a pretty good road car as well. But before we get on to that Let's take a look at what makes Porsche's GT cars so special. What's the point of a 911 GT3 then? How comes a standard Porsche 911 isn't enough for you? Well, the GT 911s have always been a hark back to the famed 911 Carrera RSs of the 1970s. Back then the famed 2.7 liter [UNKNOWN] was built to meet [UNKNOWN] requirements. You know the gem, make and sell x number of cars and then you can race them. Nowadays the 2.7 litre cars are worth more than you can possibly imagine but the ethos that came with them lives on today. the GT Porsches come with less weight, more power, a hard to set up actual downforce creates in wings An engine that screams like nothing else. And of course, looks to kill. The 911.1 GT3 was lauded as a car that you could almost use daily, but the people who said that tend to live on racetracks. So you can use them daily, but. You probably don't want to. What it was though was a perfect car for [UNKNOWN] it. It was fast, offered amazing feedback and by heavens it was quick. It's PDK envy gearbox option may have caused consternation for those who hadn't driven one. But it worked very well in practice. GT owners dont tend to treat their motors as garage queens. They drive them hard and often they also do one thing you'd hope a car developed by Porsche's most hardcore engineers would be treated to they track them a lot. Let's just hope that that next generation gt3 will get the same treatment. I reckon the new owners will [UNKNOWN] them but before they do, they'll have to make choice. Do they go for the PDK or do they go for the manual? Porsche has given it a Speed, manual gear box, and low cost options. We screamed, we shouted, and Porsche listened. Now if you choose to change gears on your own, it'll take 3.9 seconds to get to 62 miles an hour and top out at 198 miles an hour. Or if you go to the PGK, it's a little bit heavier but it's also quicker. [UNKNOWN] to 62, 63.4 and it tops out at 119 7 miles an hour. You know what I would kill to see the buyer's split. Will you go manual, will you go PDK? I know what I would do, but let me know. What would you do? So let's talk about the outside of the car, the front end's been redesigned. It's lighter and better for era, same with the rear. It's still got a massive Carbon fiber wing on it as well, and it produces 20% more downforce than the 991.1 generation 911 GT3. So it's shaping up to be pretty hardcore, what with more power and less weight. There's also some pretty racy bits in this. As well as the more downforce, there's dynamic engine mounts, a limited-slip diff in the back, and rear-wheel steer for better low-speed maneuvering but also better high-speed cornering. Inside it's pretty much the standard Porsche GT car affair, which means there's pretty much nothing in there. No rear seats and what have you, but there is the new entertainment system which is pretty good. If you want one, well in the UK the order books are open and it'll cost you a snip under 112,000 pounds. The only question is what color will you have your manual GT3 in? I'll go with purple.

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