I hold reiterating to any like-minded fanatic who’ll hear; different production-series sports activities automotive on the planet that may take hour-upon-hour of continuous observe abuse at full noise then be casually pushed again dwelling with no single mechanical or tech situation all through your complete day – that’s what a Porsche 911 GT3 can do straight out of the field.

Remember, it is a automotive we already know is quicker than the earlier GT3 RS across the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife, the place it clocked a 6:59.927-minute lap.

This annihilated its GT3 predecessor’s efficiency by a brain-bending 17.5 seconds: a lifetime within the motorsport world.

Not solely is the most recent 911 GT3 essentially the most full naturally-aspirated Porsche GT automotive I’ve ever pushed, it’s additionally essentially the most feared and revered by rival makes. There’s merely nothing to show.

With the most recent GT3, like each different iteration earlier than it, you’re getting one thing very particular: bespoke even.

Take the engine. It’s nonetheless a naturally-aspirated 4.0-litre flat-six, however this one is a pure-bred racing engine out of the Porsche GT3 Cup racer with an identical outputs.

That energy unit is just about bulletproof too, when you think about the GT3 Cup automotive’s engine solely wants a upkeep examine after 100 hours of observe time.

That alone is just extraordinary given the masses the engine is subjected to race after race and lap after lap.  

However, is that this a automotive you possibly can dwell with seven days per week, or is it just too hardcore to be pushed as a every day?

That’s the query I’m asking myself at this very second, as a result of I don’t wish to be a kind of homeowners who solely takes their GT3 out on particular events – that’s not me.

I’m simply as pleased to run all the way down to my native for the morning brew as I’m going full-tilt on my favorite twisty street.  

Naturally, this complete situation is based on the idea I can slip again into 911 possession after farewelling my very own Carrera S earlier this yr.

It assumes we’ll take the eventual downsizing journey that’s sure to happen as soon as the youngest child has completed her research and is gainfully employed, thereby liberating up recent sources.

That being the case, there are a number of key selections GT3 patrons have to make – color being paramount.

I’m nonetheless completely besotted by the Shark Blue paint job that adorned all three check vehicles in pit lane at Sydney Motorsport Park final yr, the place we bought the chance to comprehensively flog the car on track.

For me, it’s the decide of the brand new GT3’s palette however I’d take a superb onerous have a look at GT Silver Metallic too, whereas two of my favorite 911 hues, Lava Orange and Python Green appear to be extra of a match with the positively wild upcoming GT3 RS that sports activities a really huge energetic rear wing.

You then have to resolve on the kind of seats you need in your GT3 – a tougher determination than you may think and one you could remorse no matter what you select.

Let me clarify. There’s an overriding temptation to stay with the exxy full-carbon buckets fitted to our tester, full with race-ready ranges of bolster, however sufficient padding to be classed as comfy – however they’ll additionally price you an arm and a leg for the privilege.

The different extra pragmatic strategy is to simply go along with the common Sports Seats Plus for long-range consolation in addition to pain-free entry and exits.

WATCH: Paul’s video review of the 911 GT3 70 Years Porsche Australia Edition

Aesthetically, they’ll’t maintain a candle to the carbon pews, but when we’re speaking about utilizing the GT3 a number of instances per week, this stability between consolation and help is unquestionably a superb compromise when you’re principally confined to the ‘burbs.

Still, the feel and appear in a GT3 is a vital a part of the entire driving expertise, so I assume it simply means extra focus in your core and triceps on the fitness center with the intention to have the power to heave your self out of the these magnificent buckets in a considerably dignified method.

The GT3 has all the time been hardcore, with a lineage that stretches again to the 1973 911 Carrera RS.

This was earlier than the official GT3 badge was utilized to the 996.1 model which got here alongside in 1999 as a homologation particular for the vehicles competing within the FIA GT3 Cup.

It’s been that method ever since, with the likes of the Carrera Cup which is a worldwide one-make sequence for 911 GT racers. It’s additionally why the GT3 has all the time provided much less consolation than common 911 fashions.

Those main the Porsche’s GT program and their never-wavering obsession with extra energy, much less weight and the very newest go-fast tech and mechanical componentry, means consolation is a secondary consideration.

Even on observe, smacking the occasional curb, the 992 GT3 felt completely different. More compliant, however on the identical time much more tied down with bulletproof physique management and four-wheel steering.

Nothing appeared to trouble it and but we have been hitting increased speeds and lap instances weren’t far off the present crop of Supercars racers.

Still, the large query remained – can I take advantage of the brand new 911 GT3 as a every day, or at the least a number of instances per week in between press automotive loans with out feeling like I’m driving a full-blown race automotive, however the trademark rear wing?

How a lot does the Porsche 911 GT3 price?

The 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 vary has successfully one worth for all variants; $369,600 excluding on-road prices, regardless whether or not you select the seven-speed PDK or six-speed guide transmission.

If you like a extra refined strategy to your 911 GT3 possession, there’s the 911 GT3 with Touring Package for exactly the identical $369,600 outlay – once more with both transmission.

The Touring Package dispenses with the rear wing for an mechanically extending rear spoiler as a substitute, in addition to being geared up with a six-speed guide as commonplace, however with the seven-speed PDK obtainable as a no-cost choice.

While the GT3 carries an terrible lot of cachet given its homologation lineage, to not point out the next-level engineering that goes into your complete automotive from the bottom up, you will get a 911 Carrera GTS from $314,800 plus on-roads which matches the GT3 within the 0-100km/h dash time (3.4s).

For these patrons eager for one thing correctly unique within the GT3 vary, there’s additionally the 911 GT3 70 Years Porsche Australia Edition, based mostly on the GT3 with Touring Package however with a complete record of further and distinctive options.

It’s a market-specific version designed in collaboration with the Style Porsche design workforce, the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur customisation division and Porsche Cars Australia to rejoice the primary two Porsches imported into Australia by Norman Hamilton 70 years in the past.

Priced from $494,300 plus on-roads, all Editions have already been allotted to clients, which is hardly stunning given the present worldwide thirst for any limited-edition 911, whatever the price ticket.

What is the Porsche 911 GT3 like on the within?

It’s exceptional to me to search out the inside of the most recent 992-generation 911 is straight away acquainted to somebody who might not have pushed one because the authentic 911 T or latter 911 SC fashions, regardless of the modern makeover that features many of the newest tech that’s anticipated by new automotive patrons as of late.

It’s testomony to the assorted custodians of the 911 nameplate who’ve stayed the course with an unyielding obsession over a long time.

There’s no different automotive prefer it in automotive historical past, and we are able to solely bow to those individuals and their unyielding ardour to maintain issues as acquainted as potential regardless of the large leap in expertise.

It’s why the 911 stays essentially the most iconic sports activities automotive ever made, with the GT3 as one among Porsche’s most sought-after fashions.

The total cabin is nearly Alcantara from ground to ceiling: the seats, door playing cards, roof, decrease sprint, steering wheel and centre console.

There are additionally smatterings of lacquered carbon-fibre and the softest leather-based, which appears particularly good with contrasting blue stitching to match the seat belts and Shark Blue exterior.

The non-obligatory light-weight full bucket seats (saving 12kg) out of the Porsche 918 Spyder are usually not solely aesthetically spectacular, however they’re additionally beautifully upholstered and completely bolstered in a mix of leather-based with Alcantara inserts for optimum body-grabbing throughout high-speed cornering.

There’s nearly no have to clip into the six-point harness. Note: they’re manually adjustable so far as the seat rail goes, however seat peak adjustability is electrical.

Which brings me to the 911 driving place – in a phrase, good.

Porsche has been getting it proper from the very starting, solely within the GT3 it’s just about the identical as you get in some other 992 model of the 911. There’s little or no familiarisation required even for first timers, because it feels tailored and as near a race automotive ambiance as you’re ever prone to expertise in a street automotive.

There’s no fancy flat-bottomed steering wheel; though, its completely spherical tiller incorporates a drive-mode dial for the primary time in a GT3, permitting drivers to modify between Normal, Sport and Track. It’s not as dramatic because the Manettino controller utilized in Ferraris, however it’s purposeful and intuitive.

More importantly, the trademark centrally-positioned analogue rev counter runs as much as an eye-popping 10,000rpm, a needed measurement for the GT3 given its 4.0-litre flat-six revs to a screaming 9000rpm.

Alongside, there’s a brand new observe display that minimises the show to point out solely related info corresponding to oil temperature, oil stress and gasoline stage on one aspect, with coolant and tyre-pressure on the opposite – solely the GT3’s system can distinguish between chilly and heat tyres.

The cabin isn’t lush by any means, however it does feel and appear modern with its 10.9-inch touchscreen which measures as much as something in its class so far as interface, response and readability are involved.

For these choosing the PDK transmission, the shifter cleverly mimics the six-speed guide gear lever.

It’s a cool design contact, actually one which resonates higher than the odd-looking stubby e-shifter in different 911 fashions that also doesn’t look or really feel proper to me.

I assume they’re to take care of old-school 911 familiarity, however certainly a race-red starter button is extra acceptable right here.

Not solely does the GT3 lose the folding rear bench seats you get within the common 911, however our tester was additionally fitted with the no-cost Clubsport Package which provides a bolted-on roll bar behind the entrance seats.

Also included is the preparation for a battery disconnect change, a motorsport-spec hand-held hearth extinguisher and that six-point harness for the driving force’s seat.

Luggage house quantities to a 132-litre frunk underneath the bonnet (sufficient for 2 first rate measurement gentle luggage), whereas the half cage behind the seats in our tester restricts each entry and house in contrast with common 911 variants.

What’s underneath the bonnet?

The proven fact that the GT3 and GT3 RS are the one non-turbo fashions in your complete 911 line-up is one thing to rejoice as of late, and simply goes to point out you the lengths that Porsche’s GT division will go to fulfill real fans.

Under the rear lid there’s a 4.0-litre naturally-aspirated flat-six that has extra in widespread with Porsche’s racing program than some other 911. It’s mainly unchanged from the engine discovered within the 2021 911 GT3 Cup racer, but in addition used within the highly-prized 911 Speedster.

However, energy is just up a modest 7kW to 375kW, whereas torque will get an equally slight 10Nm bump to 470Nm at 8400rpm. It’s sufficient to ship the GT3 from standstill to 100km/h in 3.4 seconds and 0-200km/h in 10.8 seconds, whereas high pace 318km/h.

It’s a murals from an engineering sense, given the diploma of element that’s gone into making a naturally-aspirated flat-six able to such excessive abuse on the observe with out a lot as a blink.

It’s bought a race-tuned consumption system that includes six particular person throttle our bodies (one for every cylinder) on the finish of a variable consumption manifold that makes use of two switchable resonance valves for quick and correct air move into the engine at any engine pace.

The cylinder head valves have factory-set clearances for improved combustion and diminished upkeep, whereas friction losses are additionally diminished with bigger bearings on the crankshaft, in addition to huge connecting rod bearings and plasma-coated cylinder linings.

In truth, the competitors model of the engine within the GT3 Cup automotive solely requires a upkeep examine after 100 hours of observe time, which is downright extraordinary given the masses. It means the road-going GT3 can tackle huge hundreds on the restrict.

For these GT3 homeowners involved with gasoline financial system (there can’t be many), it’s a Euro 6-compliant engine that claims to ship 12.4L/100km on the mixed cycle (NEDC), with CO2 emissions measured at 283g/km on the identical cycle.

Even within the burbs you are likely to benefit from the GT3 everytime you get the urge, so gasoline utilization can typically be understandably excessive (like 17.3L/100km) which is what we have been averaging.

How does the Porsche 911 GT3 drive?

Just standing there captivated by the Shark Blue GT3 tester, and it’s onerous not to think about this 911 as an out-and-out race automotive after figuring out first-hand what it’s able to on the full-length circuit at Sydney Motorsport Park.

It’s both a race automotive for the street, or a street automotive for the observe. Both descriptions are 100 per cent correct, which is why I used to be so eager to dwell with it as a every day.

The flat-six fires with a twist of the not-so-special key-stub with its trademark flat-six bark, the sort solely a 911 GT3 could make. It’s a deeper, extra muscular bark than its predecessor, which matches the brand new look completely.

It’s a lot simpler climbing in and actually falling into these seats than it’s getting out, however there’s a stack of cushioning pads on which to make use of as leverage. No actual complaints, so I’d should go along with the full-tilt buckets.

The front-lift system is a godsend, and even on light driveway exits you have a tendency to boost it up simply to be on the protected aspect.

It can elevate the entrance axle by as a lot as 40mm for issues like your individual driveway or pace bumps, and it might probably retailer the GPS positions to mechanically elevate the automotive the following time you arrive dwelling. No longer are unfriendly driveways a problem within the hardcore GT3.

The greatest check as a every day driver is the extent of journey consolation on such a severe observe performer driving on enormous 21-inch wheels shod with low-profile Michelin Cup 2 tyres (315/30 ZR).

There’s additionally the GT3’s new double-wishbone suspension up entrance to think about. The design is from Formula racing vehicles for further front-end stiffness and steering management underneath excessive hundreds by high-speed corners.

But, it additionally eliminates lateral forces from the shock absorbers for much less disturbance and friction losses for higher and extra settled compliance.

The different new-found pleasure with life on the road within the 911 GT3 are the adaptive dampers or ‘Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM)’. It’s been round for a number of iterations however now there’s noticeably extra breadth between the 2 baseline settings; Sport and Track.

In the brand new GT3 it’s 20mm decrease than common 911s, however remarkably gives extra bump-absorbing compliance on the street. So even within the less-aggressive Sport mode it’s higher than anybody would possibly count on from this track-ready street racer and noticeably extra compliant than its predecessor.

And, that’s on the larger wheels and wider tyres. It’s fairly exceptional simply how properly this factor rides over crappy roads and pace bumps. There’s actually no level by any means in dialling up Track mode across the burbs, however you do it anyway only for comparative evaluation.

It’s correctly agency with corresponding race automotive ranges of physique management and chassis stiffness for these hardcore fans that may find yourself doing a Targa Tasmania or Targa High Country within the Touring class, however even then I reckon Sport would nonetheless be the ticket when you don’t find yourself organising the ‘Individual’ driver profile.

Even in Normal throttle response is sharp sufficient to dispense with any and all annoyances on the every day commute, however when you’re like me you’ll select Sport for the additional urgency you get with all the foremost controls together with the transmission, steering and the noise from the GT3’s flat-six – butterfly valves huge open.

By all means use the paddle-shifters for a extra involving driving expertise, however there’s nearly no want in Sport mode so good is the PDK’s auto-shift and throttle-blipping on downshifts.

The second you begin to push a tad more durable the gearbox responds intuitively and kicks down two or three gears with impeccably-timed blips underneath a agency brake pedal. It’s such a superb feeling even at authorized speeds coming right into a sequence of roundabouts.  

I recall Luke Youlden hitting flip one at Sydney Motorsport Park at round 265km/h, and whereas rear-wheel grip was solely simply beginning to teeter, on the identical time you’re additionally in full awe of the GT3 and the extent of dedication and confidence it affords the driving force.

On street, grip is understandably limitless within the dry. More care is required within the moist driving on Cup 2s, however there’s nonetheless loads of traction underneath a light-weight throttle. Not actually a problem if widespread sense is utilized.

While the GT3’s rear-wheel steering is massively helpful on observe within the tighter corners and with nook pace usually thanks to raised (and simpler) automotive rotation, it’s additionally massively helpful round city.

There’s much less arm-twirling in these roundabouts and far simpler manoeuvrability in automotive parks when you dare enterprise to such locations.  

You received’t want the non-obligatory carbon-ceramic brakes so far as stopping energy goes, as a result of the usual 408mm entrance rotors (up from 380mm) are stupendous on this regard, not just for their bigger diameter and better power however for the particular air paths for higher cooling.

Again, it’s not one thing you’ll ever want to fret about within the GT3 on street or observe because of the automotive’s phenomenally gentle weight (1435kg dry).

As a former (991.1) 911 Carrera S proprietor, I can inform you categorically the GT3 is extra compliant over the identical surfaces, and other than the extra centered bucket seats and omission of the rear seats, it’s additionally sensible sufficient for use as a every day driver.

What do you get?

911 GT3 highlights:

  • Lightweight chrome steel exhaust system with tailpipes in Black
  • Lightweight starter battery
  • Keyless entry and begin
  • 10.9-inch infotainment touchscreen with Online Navigation
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay, wired Android Auto
  • Porsche Connect providers (numerous Apps)
  • Eight-speaker, 150-watt analogue sound system
  • Porsche Track Precision App
  • Digital (DAB+) radio
  • Driver’s instrument show with central analogue rev counter and two 7.0-inch digital shows with Track-Screen
  • Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) with 20mm decrease journey peak (in contrast with 911 Carrera)
  • Porsche Stability Management (PSM)
  • GPS-based Hydraulic entrance axle Lift System (lifts the entrance physique by 40mm at as much as 35km/h)
  • Adjustable suspension (adjusts toe angle, camber, anti-roll bars)
  • Brake pad put on indicators
  • Red painted brake calipers
  • 20/21-inch staggered 911 GT3 cast light-alloy wheels in silver with central-locking nut
  • Tyre stress monitoring with observe mode
  • Tyre sealant with air compressor
  • Choice of 4 strong exterior colors and 6 metallic colors
  • LED headlights in Black with Porsche Dynamic Light System
  • LED tail lights with gentle strip
  • Auto headlights and wipers
  • Electrically-adjustable heated door mirrors with auto-dimming
  • Dual-zone local weather management air-con
  • Lightweight glass with acoustic movie for windscreen, door, rear aspect and rear window
  • Sports seats Plus with four-way electrical adjustment for driver and entrance passenger
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Rear-view digicam
  • Black leather-based upholstery with Black Race-Tex headrests
  • Multifunction leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddleshifters

Our check automotive was fitted with a slew of choices together with:

  • Full carbon bucket seats: $11,250
  • Leather inside with Race-Tex objects in Black with distinction Shark Blue objects: $11,210
  • Exterior Paint in Shark Blue: $7500
  • Carbon-fibre roof: $7470
  • Satin Black wheels with rim bolsters in Shark Blue: $3750
  • Door mirror caps in Carbon-fibre: $3120
  • Bose encompass sound system: $2970
  • High-gloss carbon-fibre inside package deal: $2750
  • Exclusive design tail lights: $1750
  • Brake calipers painted in high-gloss Black: $1720
  • Main headlight accent ring in Shark Blue: $1120
  • Light Design Package: $1050
  • Chrono Package incl. preparation for lap set off: $1000
  • Six-point racing harness for passenger seat: $880
  • Side Model brand in Silver: $800
  • Vehicle key painted in Shark Blue with leather-based key pouch: $780
  • Seat belts in Shark Blue: $570
  • Porsche brand LED door courtesy lights: $300

All up, our 911 GT3 tester got here to $429,590 plus on-road prices with choices.

911 GT3 with Touring Package modifications:

  • Aluminium anodised aspect window trims
  • Body-coloured entrance apron (not in Black)
  • Rear engine-lid grille with the emblem ‘GT3 Touring’
  • Metallic paint end
  • Black headliner with matching A-/B-/C-pillars
  • Black leather-based seats with seat centres in partial Black cloth
  • Porsche crest embossed on headrests
  • Seat back-shells painted in Silver
  • Door openers in Black with inside trim strips in Black/brushed aluminium
  • Brushed aluminium door sill guards in Black with GT3 brand

Tailpipes in Black are a no-cost choice, as is the Touring exterior package deal, which incorporates window trims and aspect skirts in Black.

911 GT3 70 Years Porsche Australia Edition options:

  • Custom paint end in ‘Fish Silver Grey Metallic’
  • Wheels painted in Dark Silver with wheel-rim boarders in Fish Silver Metallic
  • Commemorative badge ’70 Years Porsche Australia Edition’ on the B-pillars
  • Full bucket seats in Graphite Blue leather-based with inlays in Graphite Blue/Crayon Madraskaro examine cloth
  • Dashboard trim painted in Fish Silver Grey Metallic with ‘GT3 70 Years Porsche Australia Edition’ lettering in Black
  • Centre console trim in Fish Silver Grey Metallic
  • Storage compartment lid with ‘70’ embossing
  • Gearshift sample on gear lever in Crayon
  • Door sill guards in brushed aluminium in Black with ‘GT3’ and ’70 Years Porsche Australia Edition’ lettering
  • GT3 multifunction sports activities steering wheel with 12 o’clock marker in Crayon
  • Key fobs painted in Fish Silver Grey Metallic
  • Leather key pouch in Black and Graphite Blue with Crayon stitching
  • Indoor automotive cowl in Graphite Blue with piping in Crayon and ‘GT3 70 Years Porsche Australia Edition’ lettering in Crayon and Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur’ brand in Crayon 

Is the Porsche 911 GT3 protected?

Porsche doesn’t crash check its sports activities vehicles, so there’s no ANCAP or Euro NCAP security ranking for the 911 vary.

Standard security gear contains driver and entrance passenger airbags, a thorax airbag constructed into the aspect bolster of every entrance seat, and head airbags for every entrance seat.

How a lot does the Porsche 911 GT3 price to run?

Porsche gives a three-year, unlimited-kilometre guarantee throughout the board, in addition to three-year paint guarantee and 12-year rust protection.

Service intervals are 20,000km or 12 months, whichever comes first, whereas service prices range by vendor.

CarExpert’s Take on the Porsche 911 GT3

It doesn’t matter the place you park a Shark Blue Porsche 911 GT3, you and everybody else round you’ll benefit from the eye sweet aspect alone.

It’s an dependancy you by no means appear to tire of. I’ve a private obsession with the 21-inch, central-locking cast alloys and the swan-neck rear wing (additionally in Shark Blue). There are merely no dangerous angles right here – not one.

On observe, the GT3 is peerless in its all-round driveability even with a driver of modest capacity behind the wheel. On street it’s nearly no completely different to driving an everyday Porsche 911, solely higher.

You may also cruise alongside figuring out you’re in essentially the most succesful series-production sports activities automotive on the planet with completely nothing to show. Every different driver is aware of that too – it’s such a superb feeling.

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