Thanks to some luck and the Porsche company good will we have info regarding the new 2018 Porsche 911 GT3, and those details are just in time before its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, as well as ahead of its global launch which is slated for later this year. One downside is the fact that we do not possess any of the official photos, but since Geneva is just around the corner, we will just have to make due with the revealed details at hand.
Well, it is time to reveal some of the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 secrets, and we will start from its engine. Apparently, it will host a high-revving naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat six engine that is capable of producing 500 HP (373 kW) and 338 lb-ft of torque. If you compare it to the current GT3, this new model has 7 HP more and 1,4 lb-ft of torque less than it, and that is based on the unit used in all GT race cars including the 911 GT3 R and 911 RSR.
The transmission options will be a standard seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission and (something we could read about in recent weeks) a six-speed manual. Thanks to these this sports car will be able to jump from 0-60 in just 3.2 seconds (3.8 seconds with manual), and it will be able to hit the top speed of 317 km/h (318 km/h with manual). Due to the fact how good it was so far, Porsche decided to keep the rear axle steering as standard mostly because it, according to the company, has “superlative handling characteristics,” and that is of course together with the chassis tune. This system is set up so that, depending on the vehicle’s speed, rear wheels steer with or against the front wheels thus helping to improve the GT3’s handling, agility and what is most important – stability.
Porsche 911 GT3 Design
The design side of the vehicle keeps some of the goodies that the ongoing model has like the carbon-fiber rear wing which not only adds to the aggressive look of the car but also improves downforce. Other stuff like front fascia, front spoiler, and rear diffuser are updated additionally in order to further enhance the overall aerodynamic efficiency. Interior will host a GT Sport steering wheel from the 918 Spyder hypercar, while the Sports Seats Plus front buckets will feature improved bolstering for more lateral support and electric adjustment for the back and height.
Porsche also plans to offer the 911 GT3 with 18 way power-adjustable Adaptive Sports Seats Plus which will additionally include adjustable steering column and full bucket seats with electric height adjustment and a fixed carbon-fiber backrest. What will remain the same in this GT as it was in every other variant so far is the lack of rear seats in order to lower the weight as much as possible.
For the tech side, we are happy to report that the new 911 GT3 will arrive with Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system as standard with satellite navigation and live traffic updates, along with the Connect Plus Module incorporating Apple CarPlay and the Porsche Track Precision App. With the smartphone app, you will be able to display, record and analyze driving data on your phone, which could be very useful to some of you out there.
2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Release Date and Price
According to the info, the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 will arrive in US dealerships sometime in the fall, and its price will be around $143,600 plus options and a $1,050 fee for delivery, processing, and handling.