MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 4, 2013) -
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The Porsche 911 celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2013. Porsche is marking this anniversary year at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show by revealing the fifth-generation of the 911 GT3, the latest in a long line of high-performance sports cars for the track. Engine and transmission, as well as body and chassis are entirely new, and build on the legacy of past the models but keeping an eye toward the future. Among the new features being introduced on the model is an active rear-wheel steering system. This ensures that all successful characteristics of this racing-capable sports car are preserved, with even more dynamics, more sophistication in daily use, as well as a high enjoyment factor.
The powertrain of the new 911 GT3 is composed of a 3.8-litre flat-six engine that yields 475 hp at 8,250 rpm, a Porsche Doppelkupplung gearbox (PDK), and the high-traction rear-wheel drive. The engine is based on the 911 Carrera S' unit, but shares only a few common parts. All other components, particularly the crankshaft and valve train, were specially adapted or developed for the GT3. For example, Porsche continues the use of titanium connecting rods and forged pistons. These basic modifications set the stage for an engine capable of reaching up to 9,000 rpm. The dual-clutch gearbox is another feature specially developed for the GT3, with characteristics inspired by the sequential gearboxes used in racing, thus granting the driver further benefits when it comes to performance and dynamics.
The new 911 GT3 is designed for further gains in precision and lateral dynamics throughout. Additionally, Porsche is using an active rear-wheel steering for the first time. Depending on the speed, the system steers in the opposite or the same direction as the front wheels, thereby improving agility and stability. Among the other new features contributing to the enhanced driving dynamics are the electronically controlled, fully variable rear differential lock, and the dynamic engine mounts. The height, toe and camber of the newly developed all-aluminium chassis are still adjustable. The new, 20-inch forged alloy wheels with central locking optimize road contact.
Traditionally, the 911 GT3 comes as a two-seater based on the lightweight body of the current-generation 911 Carrera. However, the front and rear sections are always model-specific. In addition, the 911 GT3 is 44 mm wider than a 911 Carrera S at the rear axle. Another clear identifying feature is the large, fixed rear wing. This makes a decisive contribution to the exemplary aerodynamics of the new 911 GT3, which combines low air resistance with a further increase in negative lift.
As a result, the new 911 GT3 once again sets fresh record performance values. At full acceleration from a standstill, the 100 km/h mark is passed after just 3.5 seconds, and 200 km/h in less than twelve seconds. The top speed of 315 km/h is reached in seventh, the top gear of the PDK gearbox. The lap time on the Nürburgring Nordschleife is even more impressive: the new 911 GT3 cracked this track, commonly regarded as the most difficult in the world, in less than 7:30 minutes. Around 80 percent of all 911 GT3 are also driven on race tracks.
Slated for arrival in Canada at the end of the year, the all-new 911 GT3 will be offered starting at $148,800.
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