First GT model of the 992 era claims to be even closer to a racing car than ever before, due in Singapore this year
Porsche has announced the first go-faster GT model of its current 911 sports car range, the 911 GT3. It will be available in Singapore at the end of 2021 for S$724,888 without COE or options.
In typical 911 GT3 fashion, the car’s basic performance metrics aren’t a huge eye opener, but the car concentrates on offering drivers the most pure 911 experience by reducing weight and retaining a naturally-aspirated engine.
As it’s based on the current 992 generation 911 sports car, the new GT3 has a larger footprint than its predecessor, but is still the same weight as before. Kerb weight is 1,435kg for the PDK model, a significant 80kg lighter than a 911 Carrera S model. A six-speed manual is available, and weighs 1,418kg.
Porsche achieved that through a bonnet made of carbon fibre, lightweight glass windows, lighter brake system and forged wheels, a lighter sports exhaust system, and a more stripped down set of rear seats.
In 911 GT3 tradition, the car’s engine is non-turbocharged. Porsche claims the car’s 4.0-litre flat-six naturally aspirated engine is ‘practically unchanged’ from the version found in the 911 GT3 Cup racing car, and based on the 911 GT3 R race car as well. The engine makes 510hp (10hp more than previous) and 470Nm of torque and revs to a high 9,000rpm. This delivers a 0-100km/h time of 3.4 seconds (same as before) and top speed of 318km/h, and fuel consumption is 12.4L/100km.
The new aerodynamics package is also derived from racing. A new feature is the large single scoop air intake and the dual vents on the bonnet, while the rear sees an enlarged wing with overhanging struts (‘swan neck’ Porsche calls them) all delivering more downforce without an increase in drag.
The sum of all the improvements mean the car was able to chop 17 seconds off the lap time set by the preceding 911 GT3, which hints at the new model’s high level of performance.
The interior is similar to the current 911’s, naturally, but there are numerous differences: The GT3 has a special track mode for its instrument panel, where the digital sections are reduced to displaying only critical info (tyre pressure, oil temp, etc) and display bars that help the driver judge shift times.
Porsche will be happy to slather the interior with carbon if you wish, and you can also spec a carbonfibre roof from the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur personalisation range.
A ClubSport package is available with rear rollcage and six-point harnesses at no cost.
The car launches in Germany in May 2021, but there is no confirmed date for a Singapore launch at this time, but we expect the car to land here this year and to cost around S$700,000 without a COE.