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Porsche takes on the leash on the new 911 GT3

Porsche has unleashed the new seventh generation 911 GT3 sportscar at Dubai. The company says “The legendary sportscar Porsche 911 GT3 has been developed in close collaboration with Porsche Motorsport.

Straight away let’s get to the mechanicals and where the new 911 GT3 sources its power by a new six cylinder four litre boxer engine. The motor screams out 375 (kW) and 510ps. Its drivetrain is based on the 911GT3R and has acoustically impressive high revving engine that is also used in the new 911 GT3 cup.

Featuring the new PDK gearbox, the new 911 GT3 is on record for being faster than even the 911GT3 RS with a lap time of 0-100kmph in 3.4 seconds. Also on offer is a six speed manual gearbox. The sportscar is also said to consume 12.4 litres/100km with the PDK transmission.

Porsche has also mentioned that the new 911 GT3 lapped the Nuerburgring-Nordschleife over 17 seconds quicker than its predecessor. A lap time of just 6:59:927 minutes for a full 20.8 kilometer lap was recorded by development driver Lars Kem.  A shorter 20.6 kilometre track was completed in just 6:55.2 minutes by the 911 GT3.

Porsche’s vast experience in the motorsport department has also benefited the 911 GT3 in a big way. The aerodynamics generates more downforce without noticeably affecting the drag coefficient. Using the Performance driving mode, the manually set wing and diffuser elements increase the aerodynamic pressure for high speed cornering speeds.

The new Porsche 911 GT3 also despite having a wider body, larger wheels and additional technical features weighs in at just 1,418 kilograms, 1,435 kilograms when speced with the PDK and 1,418 kilograms when speced with a manual transmission.

This is also because many lightweight components are now part of the package; it includes lightweight glass, light alloy wheels, a sports exhausts system and a front bonnet made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic.

On the tech side, the new Porsche 911 GT3’s cockpit features a new track screen. The track screen can reduce the digital displays to the left and right of the rev counter to essential information needed for track driving, such as tyre and oil pressure, fuel level and water temperature. It also includes a visual shift assistant with colored bars to the left and right of the rev counter and a shift light derived from motorsport.

Initiating some flavour to the growing individualization options, Porsche is offering a wide range of Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur customized equipment for the 911 GT3. Highlights include a lightweight roof made of exposed carbon fibre, exterior mirror tops made of carbon, darkened LED matrix main headlights and matching Exclusive design rear lights. Guards Red or Shark Blue painted wheel rims enhance the black alloy wheels.

Porsche Design is also offering exclusive individual chronograph to customers of the high performance sportscar. . Its housing reflects its motorsport genes and just like the connecting rods of the GT3 engine, it consists of robust, lightweight titanium. The timepiece is powered by an individual winding rotor reminiscent of the wheels of the 911 GT3. The coloured ring of the dial can be customised in the exterior paint of the owner’s car.

Customers can order the new 911 GT3 as of 31st of March 2021. From that date, information on the basic retail price, model specifications and local availability can be obtained at the nearest Porsche Centre.

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