Porsche 911 GT3 news: Ultimate Porsche for 2016; next gen to have new engine, manual control

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The Porsche 911 GT3 is described by the New York Daily News as “the ultimate 911.” Its features and specifications make it the epitome of racing technology.

It shares the design and look of the 911 Turbo that accommodates its massive wheels, the 265/35 ZR 20 front and 325/30 ZR 21 rear tires, with similar air intakes fronting the rear axle. It also sports a lightweight frame.

The RS has a 4.0-liter 500-hp engine that redlines at 8,800 rpm, ultra-responsive and perfectly matched with its 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. This could be a sore point among some Porsche enthusiasts, however, for there is no manual transmission available on Porsche’s “ultimate track-ready 911.” 

The head of Porsche’s GT program, Andreas Preuninger, shared with Car and Driver, “The [current] GT3 is full of systems that make sense on the track, but for the purist, there may be something lost.”

He went on to point out that the company’s long-term goal is to let the “customer decide between the two approaches.” With this, Porsche then will not repeat their mistake of putting out the Porsche purists, and most certainly, the next generation of the GT3 will offer both a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed PDK. 

The GT3 RS is a comfortable and luxurious ride coupled with great performance of the singular induction system of its water-cooled 911 engine. Reaching 60 mph from zero speed takes merely 3.1 seconds, topping at 193 mph, according to the same New York Daily News report. 

With an electronically enhanced chassis, it stays neutral and virtually unshakable on the road, making it one of the safest cars running today. It is an excellent driving machine all in all. It comes with ultra-precise steering, the aerodynamics of a pro-racing car, with the brakes operated from well-fitting racing buckets. 

It is fitted with bi-xenon headlights but optional LEDs. Standard air conditioning may be excluded from the system to keep weight spare. Noise and vibrations are kept at a minimum with dynamic engine mounts.

The “ultimate 911” is priced at $175,900.