Porsche 991 GT3 v 991 Turbo: time to choose?
First of all, we know what you’re thinking. Just how can the 991 GT3 be feasibly compared to the 991 Turbo in any way, shape or form? Surely, we’ve all lost our head at Total 911, right?
Before you make haste with a call to the doctor on our behalf, hang on. You see, under previous iterations of Turbo and GT3, we’d have never dreamed of setting off at the crack of dawn, headed for the Welsh border, with just a GT3 and Turbo for company.
But then much has changed with these two supercars for the 991 generation and – whether you’re ready to admit it or not – these two big performance Porsche 911s have never had so much in common.
Sure, one may be a high-revving track thoroughbred, the other a blistering yet lavish grand tourer, but the technologies and components shared in principle by these two mean that, rather like certain mainstream political parties of late, these two have shifted more into the centre of the spectrum for the do-it-all 911.
The green flag to this mouth-watering head-to-head was waved only recently, however, when used GT3s began appearing in the classifieds above book price.
And, with Porsche stopping orders for 991 GT3s last year, those wanting a DFI-engined GT3 screaming all the way to 9,000 revs per minute had to turn to this used market, where the in-demand 911 has flourished – even after a tumultuous early adolescence in the wake of a dealer-fit recall for complete new engines.
As such, values have inflated, and a 991 GT3 can now be yours from between £120,000 and 140,000 depending on mileage and the audacity of the dealer – and that includes OPCs as well as specialists.
Of course, those in tune with the retail prices of the current 911 crop adorning showrooms will know that puts the GT3 in Turbo or even Turbo S territory.
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