2021 Porsche 911 GT3 revealed and RS spotted: prices, specs and release date
Porsche’s latest hardcore 911 has been revealed, coming with a 510hp naturally-aspirated engine and all sorts of track-ready bits. Read on for all of the details.
- 2021 Porsche 911 GT3 revealed
- Naturally-aspirated engine
- 510hp and 470Nm of torque
- Race-focused body parts
- Optional Clubsport pack
- Manual gearbox as standard
- Arrives later in 2021
- Will cost more than £100,000
The Porsche 911 GT3 is a hardcore sports car designed to be at home on a racetrack. This long-established model is an alternative to the likes of the equally uncompromising McLaren 600LT and Mercedes AMG GT R Pro, and now there’s an all-new version.
2021 Porsche 911 GT3 design
There’s no mistaking a Porsche 911 GT3 for any of the other variants of the 911 — it looks like a racing car that took the wrong turn at Silverstone to find its way on the M1.
The core design remains, but the front bumper has been completely redesigned to feature a large air intake that stretches the breadth of the car. There are two large vents on the bonnet, too.
Not much has changed at the side of the Porsche 911 GT3, but the rear features a huge wing designed for maximum downforce — pushing the car to the ground and helping it grip through corners. If that wasn’t enough, there’s an extra ducktail spoiler under that and a rear diffuser.
Just in case there was any doubt this was a 911 GT3, the dual-tip exhaust sits centrally of the rear bumper — a hallmark of the model.
At the front of the car, 20-inch alloy wheels are fitted as standard with the rears slightly larger at 21-inches. All four come with race-spec centre locks instead of conventional wheel nuts.
2021 Porsche 911 GT3 engine and gearbox
Enthusiasts, rejoice — there’s no turbocharging on the new Porsche 911 GT3. It’s still fitted with a 4.0-litre naturally-aspirated flat-six engine, good for 510hp and 470Nm of torque. That’s an increase of 10 for each figure compared with the outgoing car.
This engine revs all the way up to 9,000rpm as well, so you can guarantee it’ll rival a well-oiled orchestra in the sound stakes.
If you prefer to change your own gears, there’s a manual gearbox available too. This six-speed unit comes with rev-matching technology as standard too, so you won’t have to be Mark Webber to get the most out of it, though the optional seven-speed PDK automatic will still get the job done faster.
2021 Porsche 911 GT3 performance
With that engine onboard, the Porsche 911 GT3 will cover 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds. That’s just half a second slower than the all-wheel-drive Turbo S — which is impressive considering the GT3 is rear-wheel-drive only. It’ll top out at 199mph too. That’s certainly no slouch, but agonisingly close to 200mph that it’s a little bit annoying…
But the 911 GT3 isn’t about how quick it’ll go in a straight line, this is a car built to smash lap times. It weighs just 1,418kg in manual guise (1,435kg for the automatic), largely because there’s plenty of lightweight carbon fibre body bits, including the bonnet, engine cover and rear wing. You can pay a little extra for a roof made of it, too.
All of the racy-looking bits do more than just look the part. Everything works to improve downforce and keep the car more stuck to the road than a Scalextric car, and there’s even a ‘Performance’ mode for the rear wing and front splitter to improve that too.
2021 Porsche 911 GT3 Interior
The track-focused look of the Porsche 911 GT3 carries through to the interior too. It’s pretty devoid of comforts, with the rear seats thrown out and proper buckets upfront. You do still get an infotainment system though, and air conditioning too — rather handy for those in Dubai.
If you need your 911 GT3 to be even less like a road car though, there’s an optional Clubsport pack. This sees a roll cage stuffed in the back and six-point harnesses. Surprisingly for Porsche, this is a free option too.
2021 Porsche 911 GT3 price and release date
No word yet on how much the Porsche 911 GT3 will cost but expect it to be a hefty premium on the entry-level 911’s £82,795 starting price. It’s more likely to be well north of £100,000. Expect first examples of the Porsche 911 GT3 to arrive later in 2021.
New Porsche 911 GT3 RS design
For the most part, all Porsche 911s look pretty similar. But, you’ll spot some pretty obvious changes to this new GT3 RS prototype. Firstly, the opening in the lower section of the front bumper is bigger than ever to help guide air to the radiators and there are two sizable air vents in the bonnet to help hot air escape from under the car.
From the side, you’ll spot large vents ahead of the doors and some huge brakes hiding behind a set of new alloy wheels. The rear end, although disguised by temporary plastic cladding, clearly features a couple of large exhaust pipes, a sizeable diffuser and a huge rear wing that produces plenty of downforce at speed and give the car more grip in fast corners. The LED lights that run the width of the rear bumper look the same as on the standard 911.
New Porsche 911 GT3 RS engine and driving
The new 911 GT3 RS will be fitted with a naturally aspirated 4.0-litre flat-six engine that will produce more than 510hp and help the car hit 60mph from zero in less than four seconds. Every GT3 RS will be rear-wheel drive, but you’ll be able to choose between a dual-clutch automatic and a manual gearbox.
The new GT3 RS won’t be quite as fast as the four-wheel-drive 911 Turbo S in a drag race but it’ll be lighter and its firmer, track-focused suspension should make it quicker through the corners. It’ll also be the fastest 911 that’ll come with a manual gearbox option – that might be a crucial selling point if you’re the sort of petrolhead who prefers changing gear themselves…
New Porsche 911 GT3 RS price and release date
Official details on the new 911 GT3 RS are yet to be revealed, but the car will probably be launched later in 2020 with customer deliveries expected in 2021. The new GT3 RS will be priced from approximately £140,000, but add a few bells and whistles – such as fancier interior trim, upgraded carbon-ceramic brakes and a sports exhaust – and you may need to hand around £160,000.
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