Porsche's latest sports car uses an engine from a race car - tour the new 911 GT3
- The 2022 Porsche 911 GT3's engine is almost identical to the one in the 911 GT3 Cup race car.
- You can get the new GT3 with either a dual-clutch transmission or a six-speed manual transmission.
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For most people, a Porsche 911 is enough. But for those dedicate themselves to track driving and need a tool with which to do it, the answer has always been the Porsche 911 GT3. Meet the 2022 GT3 - Porsche's newest track scalpel.
Unlike the rest of Porsche's current crop of turbocharged 911s, the GT3 uses a naturally aspirated flat-six engine that revs to a sky-reaching 9,000 RPM. It is basically the same engine found in the 911 race car, according to Porsche.
Built extensively from lightweight materials and offering a manual transmission as an option (#savethemanuals), the GT3 represents the current pinnacle of driver engagement from the current 992-generation 911.
That is, unless Porsche builds the GT3 RS after this. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
For now, please enjoy the new, 2022 GT3. No pricing was announced at this time, but the cars will arrive at dealerships by the fall.
The 2022 911 GT3 is Porsche's latest example of building basically street-legal race cars.
The new GT3 uses a 4.0-liter, naturally aspirated flat-six that is almost identical to the one in the 911 GT3 Cup race car.
It can rev to 9,000 RPM.
It sounds awesome, in case you had any doubts.
The interior is unsurprisingly bare-bones. You can pick between the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission or a six-speed manual transmission (!).
The optional carbon-fiber 'full bucket seats' trim 12kg off of the car's weight over the regular seats.
A brand-new Chronograph 911 GT3 from Porsche Design will also be offered to people who buy a GT3. Nothing like matching your fast watch with your fast car.
Source: Porsche Design Instagram
Even though the 992 body style is bigger than the previous one, Porsche managed to get the new GT3 to weigh about as much as the old one.
Porsche pulled this off by building the rear wing, hood, and fixed rear spoiler under the wing all out of lightweight carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic.
The new GT3 also lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife track 17 seconds more quickly than the last GT3.
Part of what makes the new GT3 such an impressive track star is its devotion to aerodynamics. That giant rear wing is one example.
There's an adjustable front lip spoiler, too.