2013 Geneva Auto Show: 2014 Porsche 911 GT3

2013 Geneva Auto Show


  • 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 Picture

    2014 Porsche 911 GT3 Picture

    It looks serious. | March 06, 2013

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What is it?
2014 Porsche 911 GT3

What's special about it?
Fewer alphanumerics evoke driving passion like "GT3." Affixed to the back of only the baddest Porsches, the GT3 badge has always promised the pinnacle of pure driving pleasure.

And yet the 2014 Porsche GT3 doesn't offer a manual transmission and comes with active rear steering. Should we panic? Should we write hate mail to Porsche? Should we run to Twitter and bemoan Porsche selling out "real drivers?"

No.

The 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 has a naturally aspirated 475-horsepower 3.8-liter (125 hp per liter) six-cylinder engine that, despite the same displacement, only shares a few parts with the Carrera S's mill. Porsche says this engine propels the GT3 to a sub 7:30 lap around the Nurburgring Nordschleife. Part of this wicked quickness is attributed to the only transmission available: the PDK.

Specially designed for the GT3, the seven-speed PDK now features a neutral mode when both paddles are pulled back. Even the console shifter has been tweaked for GT3 duty. In this newest version of the 991 911, the console-shifter orientation is finally correct: pushing forward rewards you with a downshift, while pulling back is met with an upshift. Beyond the physical differences, the PDK in the GT3 runs taller ratios (with the exception of 1st gear) with closer spacing and faster shifting. See the table below for specifics on gearing.

2013 Porsche 911
2014 911 GT3
1
3.91
3.75
2
2.29
2.38
3
1.55
1.72
4
1.30
1.34
5
1.08
1.11
6
0.88
0.96
7
0.71
0.84

Final drive is different, too. The normal 911 runs at a 3.44 ratio, while the GT3 does 3.97:1.

So it's got an automatic. No longer will driving fun be defined by moving your left foot in tandem with your right hand. The 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 is a precision tool with a screaming 9,000-rpm engine, racecar handling and proposed knockout-quick laps around racetracks. Since when is winning not fun?

Edmunds.com says: We bet people thought that the abacus was more fun than the calculator, but the world moved on. Don't knock it 'til you try it.

Specifications:
Base Price: $131,350
Engine: 3.8-liter direct-injected flat-6
Gearbox: Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
Power: 475 hp @ 8,250/324 @ 6,250
Fuel Mileage: N/A
Dimensions:
Length: 177 inches
Width: 73 inches
Height: 49 inches
Weight: 3,152.6 pounds

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