Porsche knows how to woo its enthusiasts, and the Porsche 911 GT3 2022 is a great example of this in action. The new 911 GT3 is the latest example of the automaker’s race-ready road car, combining 502 horsepower with a stunning design and serious motorsport references.
The engine is a 4.0-liter six-cylinder naturally aspirated six-cylinder boxer engine with a red line up to 9,000 rpm, it develops 502 hp and 346 lb-ft of torque and comes standard with a seven-speed PDK transmission for maximum performance equipped with paddle switches.
That was designed and tuned specifically for the 911 GT3, Porsche says, but you can have an optional six-speed manual gearbox if you’d rather have three pedals. With the PDK, 0-60 mph takes 3.2 seconds, while the coupe shoots to a top speed of 197 mph.
Porsche claims the engine is “practically identical” to that of a 911 GT3 Cup racing car, even though in the 911 GT3 2022 it is packaged in a vehicle that is actually approved for road use. It uses six independent throttle bodies for improved response to the accelerator pedal as well as a dry sump lubrication system with seven suction levels to ensure that the oil circulates despite very high lateral and longitudinal loads.
Outside, the coupe is based on the latest 911 Carrera body with an increase in track width of 1.9 inches. However, Porsche used a lot of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) to keep the weight down. in fact, it’s apparently almost the same as the outgoing 911 GT3. Light, noise-insulated glass on all windows has also been implemented.
New cooling inlets on the front and an adjustable front spoiler lip and a front diffuser are not only visual: They help to cool the air and can also be adapted for use on the racetrack. Customized side skirts, a large rear diffuser and a distinctive rear wing with gooseneck make the new 911 GT3 something special. The rear wing can be manually adjusted in various positions for road or track use. In the “normal” position, says Porsche, it still delivers up to 50 percent more downforce than the old 911 GT3. Set both the front and rear spoilers to “power” and you will see up to 150 percent more downforce.
The 911 RSR and 911 GT3 Cup vehicles donate the technology behind their double wishbone front axles, which Porsche adapts for road use. This should mean more direct and precise steering and improved cornering stability. The rear axle is a multilink design with more ball joints than before for a more flexible chassis. It is a completely different system, front and rear, than a normal 911 Carrera.
20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear wheels use a GT-specific forged alloy design. They’re also half an inch wider than the old car at the front and an inch larger in diameter at the rear, but also about 3.5 pounds lighter. Shark Blue or Guards Red Wheel Pin Striping are available, as is a selection of ultra-high performance summer tires or a road tire previously only available on its RS models.
To slow them down, cast iron washers are standard. They use a huge 408mm windshield like the 911 Turbo, although Porsche has been able to reduce weight by 17 percent compared to this car thanks to a narrower friction ring.
Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) are available as an upgrade, which also increases the disc sizes even further – 410 mm at the front and 390 mm at the rear – but around half the weight of similarly sized cast iron brake discs. They also support what Porsche says, a “significantly improved” thermal load capacity for greater effectiveness, even when you push for longer periods of time.
They could get their money’s worth on something like the Porsche race Nürburgring-Nordschleife, in which the 911 GTS 2022 lapped the 12.944-mile course in 6: 59.927 minutes. That’s an improvement of 17 seconds over the old car.
Inside, it’s a mix of familiar and custom. The GT3 multifunction sports steering wheel with a diameter of 360 mm and a Race-Tex fabric is standard and for the first time has a driving mode switch. Four-way sports seats plus are standard – with 18-way sports seats plus and carbon fiber full bucket seats, the latter saving around 30 kg compared to the standard seats available – and there is a unique gear selector lever. Based on the manual transmission, the PDK gear selector lever of the GT3 supports manual upshifts and downshifts without using the paddles.
For the driver’s display, the data shown is reduced to the essentials in a GT-specific “Track Screen” mode: rev counter, tire pressure and water temperature as well as a slot on the right-hand side that can be configured by the driver. The Chrono Package is optionally available with an analogue stopwatch on the dashboard, a digital stopwatch in the instrument cluster and support for lap triggering. This is the Pro-Timing-System from Porsche, which synchronizes details of your runs with the Porsche Track Precision App.
The 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 is expected to arrive in the USA in autumn 2021. Prices and availability for a vehicle that is expected to be in high demand will be confirmed shortly before the release.