2018 Porsche 911 GT3
Rides Mar 08 2017
Stay in your lane? Not likely. Not when you slip into the cockpit and behind the wheel of the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3. This highly anticipated, performance version of the Porsche 911 unquestionably carries the DNA of its long line of predecessors. However, this version is even faster and more performance-focused, in part, due to improved aerodynamics and lighter weight. It also marks the return of a manual transmission option that was lacking in the previous 911 GT3 for three years. The fans have spoken and have been heard.
Inside, you’re surrounded by an array of classic old school analog dials and state of the art infotainment system that was first seen when the 991.2 was introduced. While the infotainment system is pretty impressive, which includes Apple CarPlay and Porsche’s own app for lap timing/counting, odds are you’re not buying this car for its digital toys. After all, this is the performance version of the highly sought after 911 range — it’s appeal is its classic good looks, respected nameplate, and edge of your seat thrills.
The 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 is powered by a naturally aspirated, 4.0 liter flat-six engine that generates 500 horsepower. In the time it takes to read this sentence (3.2 seconds) it can soar from zero to 60, and both manual and automatic top speeds approach 200 mph (198 and 197 mph respectively).
While speed is nothing new for Porsche, the automaker continues to improve handling and performance. A rear-wheel steering system either can work in concert with with, or against, the front wheels to better control steering in tight turns. An electronically controlled limited-slip differential transfers maximum torque solidly to the road surface.
Yes, the Porsche 911 GT3 is back. It just may make staying in your lane a bit more of a challenge.