The 992 Porsche 911 GT3 is here and with it comes a naturally aspirated flat-six, a track-tuned double wishbone front axle layout and an optional manual transmission. With the GT3 being teased for months now, the final details are as expected. The motorsports-focused sports car leverages lightweight materials and purposeful aero work to deliver a sub-7-minute Nurburgring time.
The naturally aspirated 4.0-liter, six-cylinder engine is virtually identical to the one found in the new, track-only 911 GT3 Cup race car. We’re getting a powertrain that revs up to 9,000 rpm and moves our entire spine in the process. 502 horses and 346 lb-ft of torque are at your disposal and mated directly to Porsche’s seven-speed PDK transmission — engineered and tuned specifically for the 911 GT3. If you’re looking for an even more engaging experience, customers can opt for a six-speed manual transmission. The GT3’s been optimized extensively to match the demands of the track, with new pistons for the engine and a dry-sump lubrication system helping to get it from 0 to 60 in just 3.2 seconds and topping out at 197 mph.
Though you’ll hear the 992 GT3 coming from a distance, its presence at a standstill is just as wondrous. Compared to the last generation, the latest iteration’s front track width increases by 1.9 inches. There’s an even heavier emphasis this time around on weight reduction, with more application of lightweight materials in the body than ever before. The hood, rear wing, and fixed rear spoiler are all made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic. Even the glass on the windows helps to shed weight, lightweight, noise insulated glass being utilized. Improved aero work can be seen throughout the body, include the new front fascia which includes integrated cooling intakes. The adjustable front spoiler lip and an adjustable front diffuser can also be optimized for various stages of track use. The side skirts help to optimize air flow around the wheels while an swan-neck connections support the adjustable rear wing. Leave it in “normal” position for road use and you’re getting up to 50 percent greater downforce when compared to its predecessor. Apply track-centric “performance” position to the front and rear components and you’re looking at a downforce increase of up to 150 percent.
The 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 gets GT-specific forged alloy wheels with a 20″ diameter in front and 21″ diameter in the rear. The front wheels get a half an inch more width and an inch of diameter in the rear. Even with more the increased width, the new wheels are still lighter than the last GT3.
Step inside the new GT3 and you’re met with a Multifunction Sport steering wheel. Porsche has added in the drive mode switch dial to the steering wheel here, a first for the 911 GT3. The driver-focused cabin goes beyond the wheel, with four-way Sport Seats Plus coming as standard and 18-way Sport Seats Plus and carbon fiber Full Bucket Seats available as options. If you’re buying a GT3, Full Buckets are a must. The GT-specific “Track Screen” function simplifies the info shown in the screens surrounding the analog tach and distilling it down the bare essentials. The Chrono Package returns once again, this time adding an analog stopwatch to the dashboard and a digital stopwatch in the instrument cluster. Lap Trigger support is added as well, allowing for very precise measurement of lap times that can be analyzed and compared on a smartphone through the Porsche Track Precision app.
The 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 is landing at dealers by Fall 2021, with market specific pricing and the order books opening up in the months ahead.