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Porsche 911 GT3 - first pics

2009-01-30 07:58

Meet the new Porsche 911 GT3! Hailed as Porsche's "race car" for the road, it is even more powerful, faster, and refined than its predecessor. Porsche will officially unveil it at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Its six-cylinder naturally-aspirated power unit develops maximum output of 320 kW – up 15kW from its predecessor.

According to Porsche this is thanks to an increase in engine capacity by 200 cc to 3.8 litres and from the improved gas cycle - now not only the intake, but for the first time also the exhaust camshafts are adjusted by VarioCam.

A further important point is that, through its upgraded power and performance, the boxer engine also offers a significant increase in torque at medium engine speeds.

Naturally this means a further improvement in performance, the new GT3 accelerating from a standstill to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds and reaching 160 km/h in 8.2 seconds. Top speed is 312 km/h.

Porsche has also boosted the car’s driving dynamics.

The 911 GT3 now comes with a particularly sporting variant of PSM Porsche Stability Management, offering the option to deactivate both Stability Control (SC) and Traction Control (TC) in separate steps.

And to give the driver unrestricted, individual control over the driving dynamics of his car, these functions are not reactivated automatically even under the most extreme driving conditions, but only at the touch of a button.

Porsche furthermore claims that the latest GT3 offers better grip and stability than before.

An updated Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system has allowed engineers to stiffen the suspension, and tighten the handling. More down force at high speed, uprated brakes – with the option of carbon-ceramic discs, and lighter wheels should make this the most focused version of the current 911 so far.

A clever optional extra is a lift system for the front axle, which means you can raise the ground clearance.

In terms of styling the GT3 gets a fresh look which is further accentuated by the new bi-xenon headlights, LED rear light clusters, as well as modified air intakes and outlets.

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