Opinion: Why I hate the 911 Aerokit

Head over to AutoTrader and search for 996 Carreras (of both generations) and you will undoubtedly find a large proportion of them fitted with the factory option GT3 aerokit for reasons I truly cannot understand.

Yes, the 996 GT3 looked awesome, but why would you want your Carrera wrapped up in wolf’s clothing when the mechanicals underneath are still very much sheep-like? I know the base 996s (especially in Gen1 spec) were no lookers but why dress it up to be something it’s not?

I know that some people like front lip spoilers, deeper sill skirts, and large rear wings (I am amongst them, at times) but it has to be on the right car. A GT3, with its motorsport pedigree, warrants it. A 911 Carrera doesn’t.

Porsche 997 Gen1 Aerokit
Porsche 997 with the GT3 rear wing looks frankly ridiculous.

The 911’s silhouette is iconic. Even people with no real interest in cars can recognise that classic Zuffenhausen outline, so why go an add various appendages, especially when you don’t have the performance to back it up. It smacks of prentiousness.

To outsiders, buying a Porsche 911 can seem quite ostentatious. However, we know that this isn’t true. Buying a 911 is about passion, history, and an appreciation of mechanical excellence.

Conversely, bolting the factory Aerokit Cup onto a 911 suggests that the purchase is one led by posing, rather than performance. I know that resale values often reflect this, with Aerokit and GT3 replica cars often offered at knockdown prices, which means it makes even less sense to me.

Porsche 997 Gen2 Aerokit
Delusions of grandeur? It’s got the looks but it doesn’t have the performance to match.

The 997 Carrera when fitted with the GT3’s fixed rear wing looks frankly ridiculous. It doesn’t have the presence to carry it off and therefore doesn’t look as aesthetically cohesive as its official tag suggests.

The latest Aerokit Cup package for the Type-991 cars is less pretentious to my mind. It has fewer cues from the latest 991 GT3, suggesting that it is designed to improve the Carrera, rather than make it masquerade as something it is not.

Still, the Aerokit just doesn’t float my boat. Even the performance gains from the additional downforce won’t be noticeable on the road. I wouldn’t go near one if buying my own 911. I’m sure many of you won’t agree, so feel free to share your thoughts with me below.

991's Aerokit Cup package is less GT3-esque. But it's only slightly better.
991’s Aerokit Cup package is less GT3-esque. But it’s only slightly better.

Comments (7)

  • Thefield77

    Applause !!! When I was looking for my recent 997 c2s I seemed to do nothing but hack my way through swaths of pimped up charlatans. I like a car to be true to its factory spec (although I do admire the Magnus walker and singer variations of models past).

  • Sohail Jiva

    For me the GT3 Aerokit has always looked good. When I think of Porsche from years gone by I don’t remember the standard ones with the pop up spoilers. I remember the whale tales, ducktails and the tea trays. Also the cheapest 996 isn’t the GT3 aerokit ones, they seem to be 30% more for similar age and mileage examples to the standard. The idea of wolf in sheep’s clothing only comes into play when you are on a track and not the speed camera filled roads of the United kingdom.

  • Loron

    I truly like the aerokit and in comparison to many other cars that come out modded it’s greatly above them.

  • Bob Miller

    The GT3 wing looks fine if you are tracking the car. On the street, it just looks ridiculous. I really don’t get these guys who buy GT3s as daily drivers … for what? To look like a race car driver when you’re going to the office or grocery store? Pretty lame.

  • nathangr

    I think the 997 Aerokit belongs on one 997 model and one only. The 997.2 GTS. Though it mimics the 997.1 GT3 rear wing, the 997.2 Aerokit does not have the vented front or rear bumper covers which keeps it a bit more pedestrian from the 997.1 GT3 while still having the performance to back up the posturing. The 997.2 GTS was built with performance to fall in between the 997.2 Carrera S and the 997.2 GT3 thanks to the added X51 option powerkit as standard. The Aerokit has a different wing from the 997.2 GT3 and, again, no vented bumper covers. So, it is still more pedestrian looking compared to the 997.2 GT3. Ergo, a car with performance between the S and GT3 should also have aero bits in between the S and GT3 and I think the Aerokit fills that gap perfectly.

  • mcf1213

    Some of us just like the darn looks of the aerokits, me included. I have a 2014 C4S with factory aerokit and it looks incredible, not to mention upper 3’s in the 0-60, which is performance to match. Let’s not forget the traction control of the 4S in rain, sleet or snow.

  • M C

    Mechanical excellence!!!! Tell that to all pre 2008 owners with the IMS that Porsche never resolved till the Mk2. What about bore scoring, that’s not excellent either. As for the cup kit, it’s better that looking at a school protractor on 4 wheels. All Porsche should be sold with racing heritage as standard.