Presented at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show, the new 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 boiled-up grand tourer will be officially the first Porsche ever to offer an active rear wheel steering system that will dramatically increase the car’s maneuverability (although you will probably have to spend some time adapting to it if you really want to become good at driving this monster.)
The turning rear wheels and the powerful 3.8-liter flat-six engine are responsible for the GT3’s outstanding performance on the famous Nurburgring Nordschleife race track. According to Porsche, the new car takes less than seven and a half minutes to complete a lap, which puts it in the same league with such tarmac scorchers as Pagani Zonda F Clubsport, 2010 Nissan GT-R and the red-hot 2008 Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1.
Thanks to the aforementioned 3.8-liter engine that delivers 475 hp (349 kW) and 324 lb-ft (438 Nm) of torque, the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 takes some 3.5 seconds to accelerate from zero to 100 kilometers per hour before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 315 km/h, which roughly converts to the Imperial 195 mph. Of course, to show such an impressive performance, the rear wheel drive beast is also equipped with a stock locking differential.
Although the cars of this caliber are rarely bought just for their looks, the new iteration of the GT3 clearly doesn’t lack in the appearance department sporting an upgraded front fascia with huge air intakes and optional LED headlights (oh, dear, it was just a century ago when the only option over old-school acetylene lamps was a pair of electric lights and they were quite expensive, too!) as well as noticeably wider rear end with a huge, but (OMG, what am I writing?) sexy rear bumper, which is not only nicely sculpted, but also sports a pair of extra wide and razor-thin LED taillights that are perfectly matched by Porsche’s signature center-mounted dual exhaust system .
A set of 20-inch forged alloy wheels with central locking hubs, as well as the traditional fixed rear wing that looks huge enough to be mounted on a Dreamliner finishes the picture.
While the German brand is known for its somewhat Spartan interiors (although you can always spice them up with extensive leather packages, precious wood and carbon fiber if price is not an issue,) the 2014 911 GT3 still offers enough comfort even for an average millionaire to feel at home inside this beast. Quite predictably, there is lots of leather, Alcantara and something that looks like real aluminum that covers all available surfaces of the interior. I just wonder how many seconds on a Nurburgring lap you would be able to shave off your personal time if all the luxury appointments were removed or replaced with something not as heavy as leather?
Since the car has only just made its European debut, pricing, availability and a comprehensive list of optional equipment will be announced at a later date, although on the U.S. market you could probably expect something in the vicinity of $130,000 as a good starting point.