Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) has just launched its all-new 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 (991 Series), with prices starting from a cool RM1,230,000 (duties and taxes included).
Unveiled worldwide early 2013, the much-anticipated Porsche 911 GT3 is finally here in Malaysia, with its new 3.8-litre direct-injected engine (a first for a GT3), giant signature rear-wing, and ready for all its track-day duties. But first, here are a few key specs of the stripped-out racer:
SPECS: 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 (991)
- Engine: 3.8-litre, direct-injected, normally-aspirated flat-six
- Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch (PDK)
- Power: 475hp @ 8,250rpm
- Torque: 440Nm @ 6,250rpm
- 0-100km/h: 3.5 seconds
- Top speed: 315km/h
Having identified and dealt with a nasty situation that involved two GT3’s catching fire, recalling every single sold one, delaying deliveries to other customers, and then replacing every single engine of every single customer of every single 911 GT3, trusty Porsche has been busy getting its awesome track monster back where it belongs, on the road. And here it is…
Visually, it isn’t too hard to spot a GT3 from the rest of the current crop of 911s: giveaways include the massive wing you see at the back, a wider, longer and lower overall stance, and if you look inside, the rear roll cage and stripped out interior ought to be quite apparent. Of course, other visual cues include GT3 badging throughout.
The body of the car is a development based on the latest 911 Carrera, but as mentioned, this thing has been tailored for track driving. On top of boasting more track-minded dimensions, the 911 GT3 also employs lots of aluminium in its construction to shave weight: the roof, wings, read boot-lid and doors are all made of aluminium alloy.
Strip away the body even, and you’ll find a new 3.8-litre six-cylinder boxer engine, which normally-aspirated, will rev its nuts off to 9,000rpm. This is also the first time direct injection has been introduced to a GT3 model.
Seven-Speed PDK with Paddle-Neutral:
Transferring that power to the rear wheels is Porsche’s seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. The PDK’s party piece here (also our favourite thing about the new GT3) is the introduction of a “Paddle-Neutral” mode, which lets you de-clutch the transmission to free up the engine on the fly.
Pulling up on both shift paddles at the same time opens the clutch and lets the engine spin freely without sending power to the wheels. Once you release the paddles, the gears engage at lightning speed. And it’s not all for fun and games.
There are several applications for this. At standstill, you could use it as a launch control function or a super-smoky burnout maker. With the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system left on, you can engage the de-clutch mode, get the revs to just where you want it, release the paddles, and you’re off at the quickest speed possible (alternatively, there is a regular launch control system). With the PSM system turned off, releasing the shift paddles while the revs are high will let maximum torque run to your wheels, effectively turning on the super-smoky burnout mode.
In a corner, drivers will find use for this in times of oversteer, when immediately de-clutching lets you stabilise the car by cutting engine power, rather than having to stamp the brakes which unsettles the car and loses you speed, or lift off the throttle which doesn’t allow corrections quickly enough.
Oh yes, there’s more…
Rest assured, this thing is properly equipped for the singular purpose of speed. Just like the Turbo S launched not too long ago, the GT3 also comes with a rear-wheel steering system. At speeds below 50km/h, the rear wheels will steer slightly towards the opposite direction of the fronts to allow for a sharper turning radius. Over 80km/h, and the rear wheels turn in the same direction as the front, in order to keep a higher speed through sweeping corners.
This, and the Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) Plus, are first time inclusions on the GT3, and they chime in alongside dynamic engine mounts, the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system, and an active damper system (PASM) to make the track-minded 911 a force to reckon with.
Impressively, when the 911 GT3 was let loose around the Nurburgring’s North Loop, it managed a time of 7:25s, which stands just a second behind the 620hp, 700Nm Porsche 911 GT2 RS’s time, and bests the previous GT3’s time of 7:33 (997).