It's been two decades since the legendary Grand Turismo Sport (GT3) graced the stables of the Porsche 911 variants. As a way of celebrating its 20th anniversary, Porsche is taking a look back to revisit all the generation of the Porsche 911 GT3. Naijauto is presenting them to you here for your perusal.
1999 - 2003 First-gen Porsche 911 GT3
The first generation of the 911 GT3 was rolled out in 1999 and Porsche was glad to debut it at Frankfurt Motor Show held that year. This first model was equipped with:
- A 3.6-liter 355hp flat-six engine that can accelerate to 7,800 rpm.
- A 6-speed manual transmission gotten from a 993 GT2 variant.
- An adjustable suspension that's 30 mm lower, which has a model-specific axle and anti-roll bars geometry.
- An aggressive-looking aero pack
- And ample weight-saving measures.
With all these features, the 1999 GT3 was able to lap the Nurburgring as a first production sports car under 8 minutes and set a new standard in its division. It’s a pity that the first generation of the GT3 never hit the shores of America.
The first-gen GT3 set the ball rolling for Porsche, where the automaker started to unfold other generations every 3-4 years, with some modifications.
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The Porsche 911 GT3 generation all lined up
2004 - 2005 Second-gen Porsche 911 GT3
In 2003, the GT3 got a refresh for the 2004 model and its power was increased to 375 hp(381 PS). This was made possible by Porsche's VarioCam system and carbon brakes which was featured as an option. And it became the first model to leave the Atlantic.
Each generation of the GT3 got some modification which gave it an appealing look
2006 - 2009 Third-gen Porsche 911 GT3
The 997 GT3 showed up four years later and still naturally aspirated, with a 3.6-liter flat-six engine which now pumped out 409 hp (415 PS). And for the first time, the GT3 featured Porsche's PASM active suspension. Other updates include a Sport button and a remote control exhaust system.
The Porsche 911 GT3 features the PASM active suspension which was later recalibrated to enable better track performance
2009 - 2012 Fourth-gen Porsche 911 GT3
In 2010, Porsche introduced the 997.2 GT3 and it came with a new engine, now bigger, which measures about 3.8 liters. The power was raised to 429 hp (435 PS) together with the revolution per minute which was raised as well, from 8,400-8,500 rpm. The PASM active suspension it got was re-calibrated to enable better track performance. With it, it now had to lap the Nurburgring under 7minutes and 40 seconds.
Presently, the 991.2 GT3 features a 4.0-liter engine of maximum 493 hp (500 PS) and a 6-speed manual transmission
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The 911 GT3 was rolled out for the first time in 2013, and it came equipped with a new 3.8-liter flat-six engine which delivers 468 hp (475 PS) and accelerates to 9,000 rpm. It also featured active rear-axle steering and 7-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission.
Presently, the 991.2 GT3 features a 4.0-liter engine which pumps out 493 hp (500 PS) and connected to a 6-speed manual transmission with the PDK. Porsche has a new 992.GT3 still undergoing a road test and we just hope the German automobile manufacturer doesn't keep us waiting for its debut.
The legendary Porsche 911 GT3 has added 20 years to its presence on the road
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