The Porsche 911 GT3 Turns 20

With the 996 GT3 introduced in 1999, 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the GT3. If that black hunk of metal with a wing running round the Nurburgring means anything, we can expect the 992 GT3 to be released at this year’s Frankfurt Motorshow just in time for the 20th anniversary.

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The 996 generation wasn’t received too well by 911 enthusiasts. The new water cooled Mezger engine simply didn’t have the signature whirr of the belt driven fan of the air cooled engine. However, as many enthusiasts will tell you, the 996 GT3 has so many beautiful engine sounds that you’ll forget about what cools it. Despite base Carrera owners being unimpressed by their new 996s, GT3 owners were happy to report that it had great weight distribution and amazing throttle response due to the super light flighwheel. With max torque at 5,000 RPM, and max horsepower at 7,200 RPM, this new water cooled engine was definitely happier close to redline, which was almost 8,000 RPM.

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The 997 GT3 took the standard set by the 996 to an even higher level. An increase of .2 L brought the 997 to a 3.8L Flat 6 which now made 415 hp (435 hp for the 997.2 GT3), a huge jump compared to the 996’s 375 hp. With the updated design came a more modern nose an a much sharper rear, making the GT3 look as slick as it performed. The newly designed wing also looked much more efficient than the 996 generation. Also, the 997 GT3 was the first GT3 to have PASM, also known as Porsche Adjustable Suspension Management.

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Even though many praised the system, some enthusiasts were fearful that the 911 was creeping farther and farther from its roots since it now used an electronic suspension system. I have one thing to say to these people. Get with the times. If you want an air cooled 911 with ancient underpinnings then go ahead and buy a 930 or a 964. Porsche can’t stay behind the competition just to please the purists. And this is coming from a purist!

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The 991 GT3 still maintained it’s “GT3ness” despite major updates from the 997. Among other things, the new car came only with a PDK; the first GT3 with a dual clutch transmission. It also had rear wheel steering, making it the ultimate track toy anyone could ask for. The 991.1 had a 3.8L 475 horsepower Flat 6 but the face lifted 991.2 brought it home with a 4.0L Flat 6 making a clean 500 horsepower. The facelift brought back a manual option at no extra cost! The touring package was first offered on the 991.2 which removed the rear wing to give the GT3 a more subtle look. You can read our review of the 991 GT3 here. It’s truly the perfect balance of both track and road use. That flat 6 makes heavenly noises all throughout the rpm spectrum.

As the 992 GT3 roams around the Nürburgring, we can only wonder what Porsche has in store for us. Will there be a hybrid system? Will it have active aero? Will it be lighter and more hardcore? We can only wonder. One thing is for sure though. The GT3’s legacy will live on for many years to come!

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Author: Ken Beainy

I like cars.

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