So I'm back up in the game…
Letting all the people know
That I'm back to run the show
It's also one hell of an overwhelming counterattack to the collection of worthy challengers who've assembled over the past few years. The dual-clutch only 991 GT3 opened the door for the competition to lay claim to the enthusiast/purist automotive niche. The 2018 GT3 slams that door shut.
Spec'ing the manual transmission saves about 33 pounds over the dual-clutch PDK, and delivers an overall curb weight of 3,116 lbs.
Porsche probably could have stopped there and made the 2018 GT3 a success. Porsche didn't stop there.
Speaking of 4.0, that is the 2018 GT3’s displacement (up from 3.8 in the 991.1). Unlike the 4.0 in the 991 GT3 RS and 991 R, this one revs to the full 9,000 rpm, and makes as much, if not more power than the RS. The official figure is 493 brake horsepower, but there's early speculation that's conservative.
Improved aero will help with that feat. The carbon fiber rear wing is taller, mounted further back, and the updated GT3 makes 20% more downforce while producing no more drag. As with the last gen, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber connects the 2018 GT3 to the tarmac. (Edit: Despite being pictured with the Cup 2, word is that the Dunlop Sport Maxx Race 2 is an OE tire.)
Porsche claims advancements in the electric power steering, and the rear wheel steering systems as well. Dynamic engine mounts and rear locking differential are standard.
The 2018 GT3 reclaims its rightful position as the ultimate performance car for purists and driving enthusiasts. It’s back in the game, and back to run the show…
Read the full 2018 GT3 press release just down below, or here.
All images via Evo magazine.
(Standing by for 997 GT3, PDK 991 GT3, and Cayman GT4 market adjustments.)