Porsche 911 GT3 

  • $112k built in Germany
  • 2009
  • 429 HP 3.8L
  • 195 mph
Optional ceramic composite brakes can take the braking ability of the 911 even higher, and the aluminum-and-steel body is designed from the ground up to absorb impact energy while protecting the occupants.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2012)
While the 2012 Porsche 911 hasn't yet been rated by the NHTSA or IIHS, it is equipped with a wide array of safety equipment, including a full complement of airbags, traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes, and Porsche's proprietary Torque Vectoring Control and Dynamic Chassis Control.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2012)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Porsche 911 GT3

0-60mph

911 GT3 (997 Mk2)
3.6 s
Gallardo
4.7 s

Top speed

911 GT3 (997 Mk2)
195 mph
Exige S
151 mph
911 Carrera 4S
183 mph

0-100mph

911 GT3 (997 Mk2)
8.2 s
Exige S
12.5 s

Top Gear track time

911 GT3 (997 Mk2)
1:23.10
458 Italia
1:19.10
Gallardo
1:25.80

1/4 mile

911 GT3 (997 Mk2)
11.8 s
Exige S
13 s

Nurburgring time

911 GT3 (997 Mk2)
7:40.0
Exige S
8:25.0
911 GT2 RS
7:24.0

Data points Key details of the Porsche 911 GT3

Price

911 GT3 (997 Mk2)
$112k
911 GT2 RS
$246k
458 Italia
$225k

Horsepower

911 GT3 (997 Mk2)
429 HP
Exige S
240 HP
911 GT2 RS
612 HP

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What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Powertrain

The six-speed manual transmission has been revised, with shorter ratios from second through sixth, and snappier shift-lever throws.
by Car and Driver (Jun, 2006)
As before, automatic or manual modes are chosen by repositioning the console-mounted shift lever, which also offers push/pull gear selection.
by MotorTrend (Jun, 2008)
We used aluminum for the doors and trunklid as well as plastic for the engine cover, and although they save 44 pounds, they cannot compensate for the overall weight gain.
by Car and Driver (Jun, 2006)

Performance

Its wonderfully linear power curve peaks at 8250 rpm, and torque does so at 5750.
by Car and Driver (Jun, 2011)
The maximum torque of 299 pound-feet is produced at 5500 rpm.
by Car and Driver (Jun, 2006)
We estimate that the 0-to-60-mph time will be unchanged at 4.0 seconds, but the car should trim its quarter-mile time to 12 seconds flat (a 0.3-second improvement) as well as up its top speed to a claimed 193 mph (versus 190 mph).
by Car and Driver (Jun, 2006)

Engine

Under the wilder skin, the GT3 benefits from a number of changes compared with the base Carrera and Carrera S. First, it uses the dry-sump, separate-block-and-crankcase version of Porsche's six-cylinder engine that's shared with the racing cars and the Turbo.
by Car and Driver (Jun, 2006)
And all the while, the engine makes the most strident note in the 911 lineup, a deep roar that is transformed into a buzz-saw wail at the top of the rev range.
by Car and Driver (Jun, 2006)
It might be coincidental, but so far I've found larger and/or more powerful engines to auto-start more smoothly, even when two sizes are available in the same car, as is the case here.
by cars.com (Sep, 2012)

Transmission

Additionally, the traditional manual is lighter than the PDK, and it enables experts to initiate drifts more smoothly by playing with the clutch.
by Car and Driver (Jun, 2011)
It hasn't yet been crash tested, but the 2012 Porsche 911 offers an impressive array of standard safety equipment.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2012)
Both front seats are very comfortable, either with the standard base seats or the pricey sport seats, though the extra bolstering and adjustability of the sport seats may suit a wider range of body types as well as holding occupants in place with more authority during aggressive maneuvers.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2012)

Handling

Losing 100 pounds from the previous 911, the 2012 model feels nimble, easy-to-place, and is stunning on the brakes.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2012)
and includes active suspension technology and a locking rear diff; launch control; active headlights; carbon-fiber sport buckets...well, the point is made.
by MotorTrend (Jun, 2008)
The power steering is perfectly weighted and linear; the brakes bite immediately and hard.
by Car and Driver (Jun, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand Porsche
Price $112,200
Type of car Production car
Year 2009
City mileage 14 MPG
Highway mileage 21 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 7.06 lb/hp
Maximum hp 429 HP @ 7,600 RPM
Maximum torque 318 ft-lb @ 6,250 RPM
Max RPM 8,500 RPM
Engine placement Rear
Weight distribution 39%/61%
Steering system Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 3,800 cc
Cylinders I6
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 12:1
Bore/stroke 4 in / 3 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves

road tests

Top speed 195 mph
1/4 mile 11.8 s
0-60mph 3.6 s
0-100mph 8.2 s
0-200kph 12.3 s
Top gear time 1:23.10
20.6km nurburgring time 7:40.0
Hockenheim short lap time 1:10.40

transmission

Drivetrain RWD w/PSM
Shift system Manual
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears
Gear ratios
  1. 1: 3.82:1
  2. 2: 2.26:1
  3. 3: 1.64:1
  4. 4: 1.29:1
  5. 5: 1.06:1
  6. 6: 0.92:1
Axle ratio 3.44:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 14.96 in Disc
Rear brakes 13.78 in Disc
Front wheels 483/? 216
Rear wheels 483/? 305

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,027 lb
Width 2.8 in
Height 2 in
Length 6.9 in
Front track width 2.3 in
Wheelbase 3.6 in
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