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911 GT3
Porsche's racing car for everyday roads too

Porsche 911 GT3 - front view

911 GT3: meant for day-to-day driving as much as it loves racetracks.

APN,
6th March 2006.

If the all-wheel drive 911 Turbo is the series most potent models, then Porsche's atmospheric engined, rear-wheel drive GT3 is the 911 racing car for the road.

Priced from 93,000 Euros (before VAT) when it goes on sale across Europe in May, or 106,000 Dollars (Before tax, from August in the U.S.) the new 911 GT3 has the world’s fastest engine in the 3.6-liter class.

Porsche 911 GT3 - back view

Transmission to the rear wheels comes via a revised six-speed gearbox.

This 415-bhp two-seater sports coupe is meant for normal day-to-day driving as much as it loves the racetrack. The 3.6-liter boxer engine produces a specific output of 84.7 Kilowatts (115.3 bhp) per 1000 cc (figures usually associated with turbo or directly compressed engines), placing the new-generation GT3 in its displacement class, at the top of road-legal production sports cars with naturally aspirated engines (see also the new GT3 RS version)..

The six-cylinder engine reaches its nominal output at 7,600 rpm. At 8,400 rpm, the engine speed limit again lies 200 revolutions higher than for the previous model, making it again a world leader in its engine-size class.

In addition to this high engine speed concept, the optimized airflow rate improves performance thanks to the variable intake system with a throttle valve enlarged from 76 to 82 millimetres, the optimized cylinder heads and an exhaust system with low backpressure.

Porsche 911 GT3 - inside view

New for the GT3 is a change-up display (see opposite column).

Transmission to the driven rear wheels comes via a revised six-speed gearbox, with a very short gearlever travel and lower ratios of gears 2 to 6, complementing the racy engine character.

New for the GT3 is a change-up display, which lights up on the rev counter shortly before the relevant engine speed is reached. It provides an additional signal at the best time to change gear. The measured values prove just how well the engine and gearbox are harmonized: the GT3 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds, and reaches 160 km/h from a standing start in 8.7 seconds. Its top speed is 310 km/h.

Porsche 911 GT3 - side view

GT3 is equipped with a mechanical limited slip differential.

The new 911 GT3 boasts an active chassis for the first time. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) offers two sporty chassis in one:

- The basic configuration is largely similar to that of the previous model and is suitable for driving on alternating road surfaces.

- In sport mode, the system switches to harder damping, thereby enabling even better dynamism on the racetrack.

New electronic Traction Control is adapted from the Carrera GT.

To transmit its engine power to the road, the GT3 is equipped with a traction package, which includes not only the standard-equipment 19-inch sports tires but also a mechanical limited slip differential.

In addition, the new electronic Traction Control – adapted from the Carrera GT high-performance sports car – enhances traction under difficult driving conditions. It features traction-slip and drag-torque control functions, and can be switched off completely if required.

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