The seventh iteration (992) Porsche 911 GT3 has touched down on South African shores, available with the option of Porsche’s dual-clutch, PDK transmission or – for the purists – a six-speed manual cog-swapper. The local arm of the Zuffenhausen-based firm has now listed the pricing for its free-breathing super sportscar.
So, what sort of pricing are we looking at here? Equipped with either PDK or manual transmission, the first production GT-badged 992-generation 911 to come from Porsche’s GT department starts from R3 109 000. A three-year/100 000 km maintenance plan is included as standard with the latter pricing. Upgrade to the five-year/100 000 km maintenance plan and the new GT3 comes in at R3 159 000.
As a reminder, the 992 GT3 is endowed with Porsche’s horizontally opposed atmospheric six-cylinder motor, directing 375 kW and 470 N.m of torque to the rear axle through either of the aforementioned transmissions. The high-revving (up to 9 000 r/min) flat-six powertrain, Porsche says, is based on that powering the 911 GT3 R race car.
Equipped with the PDK transmission, the 992 GT3 sprints from zero to 100 km/h and zero to 200 km/h in a claimed 3,4 seconds and 10,8 seconds, respectively, before topping out at a top speed of 318 km/h. Fitted with the six-speed manual ‘box, the new-generation GT3 accelerates to 100 km/h from standstill in a claimed 3,9 seconds. The three-pedal variant’s zero to 200 km/h sprint time is rated at 11,9 seconds, while top speed is two units more than the PDK-equipped derivative at 320 km/h.According to the German automaker, despite the wider body (now measuring 1 852 mm), bigger wheels and additional technical equipment, the PDK and manual 992 GT3 is “on par” with that of its forebear, the 991.2 GT3. The manual variant tips the scales at a claimed 1 418 kg, while the PDK model weighs only 17 kg more at 1 435 kg.
Despite its wider body, bigger wheels and “additional technical features”, Porsche claims the weight of the new GT3 is “on a par” with that of its predecessor. The 992 GT3 features a bonnet made of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic as standard, lightweight glass windows, light-alloy wheels and a lightweight sports exhaust system. Equipped with the manual gearbox, the GT3 tips the scales at a claimed 1 418 kg. The PDK model, meanwhile, weighs only 17 kg more at 1 435 kg.
A GT3 staple, the distinctive rear wing, Porsche says, generates a significant amount of downforce. The manually set swan-neck wing, together with diffuser elements, increase aerodynamic pressure without noticeably impacting the drag coefficient.
The interior remains 992-generation 911 fare. However, the new GT3 features a new track screen, which reduces the digital displays, sited opposite sides of the analogue tachometer, to only the essential information (fuel level, water temperature and tyre and oil pressure) when piloting the GT-badged Porsche on track. A visual shift assistant, replete with coloured bars to the left- and right-hand side of the tachometer is included in the package.