The 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 has made its official debut, arriving with a naturally aspirated flat-six engine producing more than 500 horsepower, advanced aerodynamics and a sophisticated double-wishbone front suspension layout.
While the C8 Corvette Z06 has yet to make its official debut, this Porsche 911 GT3 undoubtedly will serve as a direct rival to Chevy’s upcoming track star, with the two motorsports-inspired models appealing to a similar kind of performance enthusiast.
The 992-generation Porsche 911 GT3 is powered by a naturally-aspirated flat-six that Porsche says is virtually identical to the current 911 GT3 Cup race car. The 4.0L engine produces 502 horsepower and 346-pound-feet of torque and is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Unlike the C8 Corvette Z06, which is expected to be offered with a paddle-shift transmission only, the 911 GT3 is also available with a six-speed manual transmission for those buyers who “prefer a particularly engaging driving experience,” the automaker says. With the quick-shifting PDK gearbox equipped, the Porsche 911 GT3 will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 197 mph.
Power and straight-line speed are only part of the GT3 equation, though. This latest iteration of the hardcore 911 variant is 1.9-inches wider than the previous model, but weighs virtually the same. This is thanks to an increase in lightweight materials usage, with the hood, rear wing and fixed rear spoiler all made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). All of the windows are also made of lightweight noise insulated glass, further contributing to the vehicle’s impressively low weight kerb weight.
A new double-wishbone front suspension layout taken from the 911 RSR and 911 GT3 Cup race cars also enhances the GT3’s track overall capability, Porsche says, providing more direct and precise steering and improved cornering stability. Large standard 16-inch iron brake rotors help bring things to a stop, while carbon-ceramic brakes are also available to buyers who need some additional thermal load capacity for those intense summer track days.
Inside, the GT3 is set apart from standard 911 models thanks to its GT3 Multifunction Sport Steering wheel, available Carbon Fiber Bucket Seats and unique PDK gear select lever. The standard “Track Screen” mode for the digital instrument cluster also reduces the available info to necessary track driving info like a tachometer, tire pressure and water pressure.
The 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 is expected to hit U.S. dealers this fall, with pricing and order availability to be announced closer to its market launch.