Porsche 911 GT3: first drive
The Porsche 991 GT3 is here, and we have been lucky enough to get behind the wheel. What did we think of it? Read on for an excerpt from the latest issue of Total 911.
At 7,000 revs the noise is like nothing else. Right here, right now, all discussions about the Mezger unit are redundant. The 3.8-litre flat six in the new 991 GT3 piles on the revs with unerring speed, filling the cabin with a gloriously rousing mechanical timbre as it does so.
The searing pace it delivers is enough to confirm that all is good with the GT3 badge when placed on the back of the 991. Quantifiably a far superior car to the one it has replaced, the 991 GT3 is a staggeringly capable and ludicrously rapid sports car.
It simultaneously tugs at your heart with its symphonic high rev ability, an engine that delivers eye-widening pace at any point in its rev range, not to mention quick steering, incredible composure and stability, sensational agility and, yes, lightning quick – and crucially, utterly faithful – shifts via the PDK system.
The GT3 really is now more than a weekend warrior. That’s sometimes difficult to comprehend when its bending time, the flat six wailing behind you as you flick the paddles for ever more speed.
However, the GT3 is, in the words of Andreas Preuninger’s, general manager of GT cars, “reloaded, updated but still refreshingly different.”
To read more of Total 911’s first drive of the new Porsche 911 GT3, pick up a copy of issue 104 from the Imagine Shop.
Also, look out for the first drive of the 991 Turbo and Turbo S in the upcoming edition, available from 11 September.