What Is It?
The 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 has been officially unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show and it’s everything most Porsche fans were hoping for. Specifically, Porsche hasn’t changed the formula for the high-performance 911 — and, most importantly, they’ve added a manual transmission back into the range.
The key details are, of course, what’s under the hood. The latest GT3 doesn’t go turbocharged, like the newest Porsche 911 models; instead, it uses a 4.0-liter naturally aspirated 6-cylinder, which boasts 500 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque. Most importantly, Porsche will offer the GT3 with a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed dual-clutch PDK automatic at no additional charge. To many Porsche purists, that’s a huge improvement over today’s GT3, which is only offered with a PDK automatic.
Aside from the new 6-speed manual and the updated engine — which makes 25 more horsepower than the outgoing model’s powerplant, along with 14 more lb-ft of torque — the GT3 doesn’t change much from the current version. The biggest updates are slightly revised front and rear end styling, along with an improved infotainment system with the latest updates.
The GT3 will start around $145,000.
When Can You Get It?
Add It to Your Shopping List Because…
For many shoppers, the Porsche 911 GT3 is the ultimate 911 — a high-performance Porsche that isn’t hugely powerful (like the 911 Turbo) or truly crazy (like the GT3 RS). It’s a happy medium between usable and track-ready, and it’s surprisingly affordable, as Porsches go. The latest model looks to be a huge crowd pleaser, with an available stick shift and a naturally aspirated engine; two items sure to delight most Porsche purists.
Other Cars to Consider
2017 Acura NSX — The new Acura NSX isn’t quite the track-day monster that the GT3 is — but it’s tremendously exciting, with gorgeous, eye-catching styling, to boot.
2017 Audi R8 — The R8 is expensive, and it’s not as track-focused as the GT3 — but if you want a lot of performance without a harsh ride and stiff suspension, Audi’s mid-engine sports car should be on your shopping list.
Porsche 911 Carrera S — If you don’t need the GT3’s extra performance, you might not want to put up with its harsh ride — or high price tag. In that case, stick with a standard Carrera S, which offers virtually the same level of amazing thrills.
Used Porsche 911 GT3 RS — If you like the GT3 but you want an even more thrilling ride, consider the ultra-high-performance GT3 RS. They’re no longer in production, so you’ll have to consider a used model — at least, until the next version comes out in a year or two.