2014 Porsche 911 GT3

Posted by: Matt Iasenzaniro onMarch 28th, 2013

The top of Porsche’s naturally aspirated food chain, the GT3, was recently unveiled in Geneva but those of us in North America got our first glimpse of the car that best bridges the gap between street and track today at the New York International Auto Show.

The 911 GT3 gets the same 3.8L engine as the Carrera S, but the displacement is about the only thing they share. Titanium rods, forged pistons, dry sump oiling, ported head, hollow valves… the list goes on. What this means is an engine that revs to 9,000 rpm and produces 475 advertised horsepower, though Porsche was VERY insistent that 475 was a lowball. Whatever the actual number is, it gets sent through a mandatory PDK transmission and propels the new GT3 from zero to sixty in 3.3 seconds up to a top speed of 195 mph, so it’s got all the meat and potato of a good knish. Standard carbon ceramic brakes will help slow it back down while standard PASM and PTV+ technologies will keep the car pointing and powering in the direction you want.

All that is great, but what’s really got people talking is a couple very different options. First is the four-wheel steering, which turns the rear wheels up to 0.75 degrees into the turn at high speeds, to assist in stability, or out of the turn at low speeds, to improve parking lot maneuverability. We’ve seen it before in a handful of cars but it never stuck around, we’ll see soon enough if Porsche has managed to utilize it well.

The other option that has people excited is what a man at Porsche called “Donut mode. Vroom vroom”. If both shift paddles are pulled back, both clutches disengage. Let them out and the clutch will immediately re-engage, allowing drifts, donuts, burn-outs and other hoonage to commence. It’s probably for the best, because anybody who’s buying a GT3 is going to be young at heart.

You can’t, however, be young at wallet to pick one up. With a starting price of $160,000 CAD, you’re looking at near $200,000 out the door with minor options, despite a lot features being standard. This means that if you’re lucky enough to see one in the wild, you should take care to have a long look. You likely won’t see another one for a while.

When he’s not busy writing about cars or travelling the auto show circuit, he’s reviewing apps and video games related to the automotive world. In his spare time, Matt is a motorcycle enthusiast, trying not to kill himself riding along with the crazy local drivers. He is also a weekly contributor in the Motor Mondays segment on News Talk 770.

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