Ultimately, Porsche engineers will only be able to get that much performance out of the 911 platform. One day someone in Stuttgart will say: “We can go that far with it.” One day, but not today. Because the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 is here and Oh my god!
“Whether it’s a customer enjoying their favorite corner or taking to the track, the new 911 GT3 promises to be one of the most exciting and rewarding cars we make,” said Kjell Gruner, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America and I. For one thing, he won’t argue with him in the slightest. Look, I’m not that Porsche type of guy, but facts are facts, and the immutable fact here is that the latest GT3 is doing an amazing job.
2022 Porsche 911 GT3: engine & powertrain
Basically, it’s a naturally aspirated, 4.0-liter, six-cylinder boxer engine that spins at 9,000 rpm and cranks out 502 hp and 346 lb-ft. of the torque. That’s a lot for such a small displacement, not to mention the fact that this is a redline you’ve only seen on motorcycles before. The new mill is said to offer an “extremely sharp” throttle response due to its six independent throttle valves. According to Porsche, the engine is practically identical to the unit of the new 911 GT3 Cup racing car, which makes perfect sense and it is Completely cool.
South of the engine is a seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), which was specially developed and tuned for the 911 GT3. The PDK is that default Gearboxes, however, all of the neo-Luddites out there can rest easy with a six-speed manual gearbox available too if you want to roll your own. Other details of the GT3 system include new pistons and a dry sump system that uses seven stages of suction to return oil to the external tank.
In case you’re wondering, that adds up to a time from zero to 60 mph of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 197 mph. You have to admit, that’s very impressive for something that began over 60 years ago as a hot sledding Volkswagen.
Architecture & Chassis
To achieve this level of performance, the engine is assisted and assisted by the judicious use of lightweight materials that allow the new 911 to weigh almost the same as its predecessor, although there are many new technologies available for driving. The bonnet, rear wing, and rear spoiler (it’s a double-decker setup) are all made of carbon fiber. Light, noise-insulated glass on all windows – an old Porsche trick – also helps to achieve the weight goals.
The chassis setup, which incidentally does not share any parts with the current 911 Carrera, has a double wishbone front axle that is derived from the 911 RSR and 911 GT3 Cup vehicles, although it has been approved for road use. According to Porsche, the new front axle offers more direct and precise steering. According to Porsche, cornering stability also improves and enables higher cornering speeds and better control in the middle of the corner over uneven road surfaces.
Brakes, always a Porsche ace card, are cast-iron discs with a colossal diameter of 408 mm at the front. As an additional cost option, Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes are also available with even larger rotors, 410 mm at the front and 390 mm at the rear. Wheels are GT-specific forged alloy work, 20 inches in diameter at the front and 21 inches in diameter at the rear. These rims are equipped with high-performance summer tires 255 / 35ZR 20 (front) and 315/30 ZR 21 (rear).
If that is not enough (and when do you really have “enough” grip?), You can tick the option field for the road-legal track tires that have set standards on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. Oh, and if you want you can also include Shark Blue or Guards Red pinstripes on the wheels.
Aerodynamics & wing positions
The aerodynamics were also put under pressure for the Porsche 911 GT3 2022. The new front panel has integrated cooling inlets and an adjustable front lip spoiler as well as an adjustable front diffuser that can be selected for use on the racetrack. Specially developed side skirts optimize the airflow around the wheels, while at the back you will find gooseneck supports for the rear wing and a large diffuser.
The new GT3 outperforms the old 911 GT3 and its aero numbers by 50 percent, even with the rear wing in the “normal” position. If you turn things all the way up (Porsche calls it the “power position”), you get an overall increase in downforce of up to 150 percent.
2022 Porsche 911 GT3 interior
The interior is just as lane-oriented as the outside area. The GT3 has a multifunction sports steering wheel with a diameter of 360 mm and Race-Tex upholstery as standard. For the first time, the steering wheel has a drive mode switch that lets you choose between driver-configurable settings by simply turning the dial.
The standard chairs are four-way sport seats, but there are 18-way sport seats and carbon fiber bucket seats. Incidentally, you save about 30 kg with the carbon fiber buckets. compared to the standard seats. Inside the GT3 is the PDK gear selector lever which is designed for manual upshifts and downshifts without using the paddles if you want.
The GT-specific “Track Screen” reduces the amount of information to the essentials. The Chrono Package, available as a free option, features an analog stopwatch on the dashboard and a digital stopwatch in the instrument cluster.
Prices & availability
The 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 is expected to reach dealerships in autumn. Prices and availability of the orders will be announced at this time.
Tony Borroz has spent his entire life driving antique and sports cars. He is the author of Bricks & Bones: The Endearing Legacy and Nitty-Gritty Phenomenon of The Indy 500, available in Perback or Kindle format. Follow his work on Twitter: @ TonyBorroz.
Photos & Source: Porsche Cars North America, Inc.