2014 Porsche 911 GT3 officially unleashed

2014 Porsche 911 GT3 live in Geneva
2014 Porsche 911 GT3 live in Geneva

Lighter and more powerful than its predecessor

Porsche has officially unveiled the 911 GT3.

Described as an impressive leap forward, the GT3 closely resembles the standard 911 but is distinguished by an aggressive front fascia with spoilers and optional LED headlights. Moving further back, there's widened rear fenders, extended side skirts and a fixed rear wing. Last but not least, the car has been equipped with a new rear bumper, a center-mounted dual exhaust system and 20-inch forged alloy wheels with central locking hubs.

The interior carries over but adopts leather / Alcantara seats, an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and red contrast stitching.

Power comes from a 3.8-liter six-cylinder boxer engine that features variable valve timing, direct injection, titanium connecting rods and forged pistons. It enables the engine to produce 475 HP (349 kW) and 324 lb-ft (438 Nm) of torque. The engine is connected to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission which sends power to the rear wheels via a locking differential. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes 3.5 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 315 km/h (195 mph). To put things into prospective, Porsche says the model can lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife in less than seven minutes and thirty seconds.

On the handling front, the GT3 will become the first Porsche to offer an active rear wheel steering system. Designed to deliver unparalleled driving dynamics, the system steers the rear wheels in the same or opposite direction of the front wheels for improved agility.

The Porsche 911 GT3 will go on sale in Germany this August and pricing starts at €137,303 (including VAT and national specifications).

Check out the press release for additional information

Source: Porsche

The new Porsche 911 GT3 premieres this week at the Geneva International Motor Show.  The completely-redeveloped fifth generation of the 911 GT3 occupies the top position among Porsche sports cars with naturally-aspirated engines. With an impressive lap time on the Nürburgring Nordschleife of under 7:30 minutes, the 2014 911 GT3 benefits from a new engine, transmission, body and chassis. The car now sprints from zero to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds on its way to a top track speed of 195 mph. The 2014 911 GT3 will go on sale in the United States late in 2013 and will be priced from $130,400, not including a $950 destination charge.

As a technical highlight, the 911 GT3 features the first active rear-wheel steering in a production Porsche, as well as optional full LED headlights. The new GT3 brings to everyday driving many of the properties of a sports car developed on the track, and preserves the highly emotional fun factor.

The powertrain of the new 911 GT3 is composed of a 3.8-liter boxer engine yielding 475 hp (125 hp/liter) featuring a 9,000 rpm redline and a specially developed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK) which drives the rear wheels. The six-cylinder engine is based on the same engine as the 911 Carrera S, although they share only a few common parts. All other components, particularly the crankshaft and valve gear, were specially adapted or designed for the GT3. For instance, Porsche designed titanium connecting rods and forged pistons for this engine.

The Porsche dual-clutch transmission in this application has been specially developed for the 911 GT3: the characteristics are based directly on a sequential gearbox from racing, thereby providing further performance and dynamic advantages to the driver.  Highlights include shorter gear ratios with closer spacing, even faster shifting, and shift paddles with shorter travel and increased tactile feedback, which now allow the driver to place the PDK in neutral simply by pulling on both paddles at the same time.

For the first time, Porsche is employing active rear wheel steering to achieve even higher steering precision and improved lateral dynamics. Depending on the speed, the rear wheels steer in the same or opposite direction of the front wheels, improving stability and agility. Other new features that improve driving dynamics are an electronically controlled, fully variable rear differential lock and dynamic engine mounts. Contact with the road is made by new 20-inch, forged alloy wheels with center-locking hubs in place of conventional wheel bolts.

The 2014 911 GT3 is based on the light yet stiff body of the current generation 911 Carrera, which employs a hybrid steel and aluminum construction; however, it comes with unique front and rear parts specific to the GT3. In addition, the 911 GT3 is 1.7 inches wider than a 911 Carrera S in the rear. Another distinctive feature is the large, fixed rear wing, which contributes to the exemplary aerodynamics.

By combining low air resistance with even more power, the 2014 911 GT3 sets new performance standards. At full acceleration from standstill, the 60 mph mark is reached after just 3.3 seconds, and on the track 124 mph is reached in less than twelve seconds.

About Porsche Cars North America

Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga. is the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche sports cars, the Cayenne SUV and Panamera sports sedan. Established in 1984, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, and employs approximately 220 people who provide parts, service, marketing and training for 190 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the brand’s 63-year history and leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety and efficiency.

At the core of this success is Porsche's proud racing heritage that boasts some 30,000 motorsport wins to date.

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Comments (18)

Aesthetics Aesthetics
i want a carrera s in those wheels
Mar 5th, 2013 10:08pm
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Prestige15 Prestige15
I bet the GT3 owners are throwing manual gear knobs through the windows of Porsche HQ and i dont blame them.
Mar 5th, 2013 7:48pm
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Afrikar Afrikar
Lighter and faster than predecessor; why because its an automatic. No a dual clutch. Never drove a Porsche (manual) this sounds like a (porsche) anyone can drive it. Sad. Go back to the drawing board on the transmission.
Mar 5th, 2013 4:04am
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Porsche3054 Porsche3054
997 GT3 prices have just skyrocketed, the last of their kind sadly.
Mar 5th, 2013 12:51am
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edd_lg edd_lg
This is just wrong, a GT3 with an automatic. Where is the fun in that ? They should put the automatic in the 911 turbo, 911 GT2, 918 and the 960 thing they are working on, those cars are meant to go fast, the GT3 was supposed to be the most fun to drive 911. The 997 GT3 prices will go up, that's certain.
Mar 5th, 2013 12:08am
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AlexHohDesu AlexHohDesu
If I want to do time attack or track day, a GTR or the coming Turbo version will do for me. If I want a pure and distilled hardcore car,a C7 Corvette or a M600 Noble. This has no real place in my heart.
Mar 4th, 2013 11:34pm
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PaganiC9_pl0x PaganiC9_pl0x
Absolutely. And the old GT3 would occupy that hardcore space somewhat. The new GT3 is a bit misconstrued in terms of what it wants to be. I think the C7 will dominate in the dwindling world of drivers cars soon, and nobody else can see it coming. Wait 'til the Z06 breaks cover and there will be uproar. We'll see. The GT3 has had its day :/.
Mar 4th, 2013 11:50pm
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Aesthetics Aesthetics
PURE distilled M600 Noble, turbocharged? GT3 has no place in your heart because your heart is confused
Mar 5th, 2013 10:07pm
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PaganiC9_pl0x PaganiC9_pl0x
Electric steering, omission of manual, rear steering? As I said before, the speed isn't the point. The performance isn't the point. How does that car make you feel. Is there the same sense of man and machine as one- erganomics that the 997 delivered in spades. When I sit in the drivers seat of that car with my hands resting on paddles instead of one resting on a gear stick, will I gell in it as I did its predecessor. In spite of the meticulous development a very devoted porsche GT engineer has put into it to make it every bit the car it was before, I suspect it will fall just short.
Mar 4th, 2013 11:16pm
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Mikeado Mikeado
This is a track-biased car. Speed is a huge factor. People need to give new technology a chance, and you also need to see the EVO video on YT. The guy in charge of the car clearly cares about feel and driver enjoyment, but stands by the decisions to make it more advanced. Like he says "if you miss the old one after you've driven it, call me."
Mar 5th, 2013 3:02am
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edd_lg edd_lg
Of course he will say that, he won't admit that the older car is better.
Mar 5th, 2013 8:16am
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kimbo kimbo
This guy is getting payed, by Porsche.They made the GT3 to fit well for bigger audience. It's not wild and hard to drive anymore. It's no longer a car for true motorsport enthusiasts, it's just more sporty Carrera now.
Mar 5th, 2013 3:11pm
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PaganiC9_pl0x PaganiC9_pl0x
May i direct you to RS. They can do what they like with that. The standard GT3 was always the purists car. The RS was for track day lap timers.
Mar 5th, 2013 11:29pm
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catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
a video why they put a (special ) PDK in the new GT3::::::: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ECATvlRf3ls::::::::by the way EVO says 475HP not 450HP
Mar 4th, 2013 11:16pm
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Cale24 Cale24
Awesome car, pity about the lack of manual but that's the way the world is heading. That engine is pretty much a work of art.
Mar 4th, 2013 11:12pm
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PaganiC9_pl0x PaganiC9_pl0x
Mar 4th, 2013 11:11pm
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kimbo kimbo
PDK, electric steering. I don't care how much faster it is than the wild 997.2 GT3.
Mar 4th, 2013 11:11pm
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inlinesix inlinesix
No manual option? 997 GT3 owners should be very happy.
Mar 4th, 2013 11:10pm
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