Since the late 1990s, the GT3 has been Porsche’s track-bred sports car which underwent homologation due to regulations. If you are wondering what homologation is: it is when an automaker has to make a few road-legal versions of its full-blown racing car. If they do not make those few road-going samples, they will not be allowed to race. That’s great news for those who have the money and want to drive around in, what essentially still is, a track car. The Porsche 911 GT3 was born exactly due to these regulations, and it has now become one of those quintessential road-legal sportscars that many yearn to own. Having said that, say hello to the all-new, 2022 911 GT3.
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Built from the ground up by Porsche’s Motorsport division, this new 911 GT3 is better than its predecessor in almost every way. To create this beast, what Porsche has done is taken the engine off of the GT3 R endurance racer and the suspension & aerodynamic components from the 911 RSR and put them into a blender. The resulting concoction might look like almost every other 911 GT3 in the flesh, but coursing through the veins is utter madness! Let’s start with the powertrain because it is an absolute treat of an internal combustion motor. It is a naturally-aspirated, 4.0-liter flat-six boxer unit that has been nursed by Porsche Motorsport so it now produces 503hp.
While this boxer engine sounds truly beautiful and invigorating, Porsche isn’t quite done yet. Oh, absolutely not. The new 911 GT3 uses lightweight materials wherever possible to reduce its overall curb weight. The hood is made entirely out of carbon fiber reinforced plastic, while the standard windows have been ditched in favor of lighter and thinner glass.
In order to reduce its unsprung mass, engineers have fitted the new 911 GT3 with forged light-alloy wheels along with lighter brakes as well. Moreover, the lightweight sports exhaust system reduces the weight of the car by a further 10 kilograms. Porsche hasn’t even left the cover for the rear seat compartment alone – even this is made from a lighter material. Talk about being pedantic! Given how lightweight everything in this car is, you would feel horrible if you sit in it post a heavy meal.
To stay flat around corners and composed at triple-digit speeds, the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 uses a lot of mechanical trickery. It begins with the double-wishbone suspension, a swan-neck rear wing, and air diffuser borrowed from the aforementioned 911 RSR. Then there are the ultra-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires that provide immense traction.
Moreover, the airflow management over, around, and underneath the GT3 is such that the resultant aerodynamics creates massive downforce. Even more impressive is the fact that despite this increase in downforce, Porsche has managed to keep the drag coefficient as low as possible. Of course, this being a track car, drivers can change the positions of the rear wing and diffuser quite easily.
It might be new on the scene but the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 has already lapped the Nürburgring (well, obviously). And the new 911 GT3 didn’t just lap the ‘ring, it completed the whole 20.8-kilometer circuit in under the magic 7-minute mark. This means that the new GT3 is over 17 seconds quicker around the Nürburgring than the model it replaces. That is just insane!
While much of this speed could be down to the incredibly punchy 4.0-liter flat-six which powers the 911 GT3, that’s not all. Depending on your preference, you could have this engine paired to either Porsche’s PDK 7-speed dual-clutch automatic or a no-nonsense 6-speed manual. When mated to the PDK, the 2022 911 GT3 will rocket from 0 to 100 kmph in just 3.4 seconds.
Of course, if you are a purist, you may definitely want to stick to the manual gearbox. If allowed to stretch its legs, the new 911 GT3 will skim over the earth’s surface at 320 kmph. With customer deliveries commencing in May this year, the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 will start at just over 152,000 euros.