Thank goodness, Porsche finally decided to listen to us rather than impose its views on buyers as they did on the 991-generation of the Porsche 911 GT3. At that time, contrary to expectations, Porsche decided to hook up the 911 GT3 mill with only a PDK transmission. Immediately, the vehicle debuted, the decision to leave out a manual transmission received criticism from pundits and buyers alike. Thanks to the criticisms, the oncoming 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 has an option for a 3-pedal, 6-speed manual gearbox. The unit is borrowed from the 911 R; the manual transmission offers shorter throws and better in-gear acceleration for better feel. The manual transmission will be offered at no extra cost.
2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Exterior
The exterior of the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 is carried over largely unchanged. As such, there is not much to talk about. At the front, the supercar comes with the same snout and headlights. However, the bumper has been revised for better aerodynamics. The side air vents feature extra winglets which add extra down-force. The central intakes look much larger compared to those of the outgoing model.
The flanks look completely unchanged compared to the predecessor model.
The rear features some subtle upgrades which include a revised diffuser and new taillights. The diffuser has been revised slightly to improve airflow. The taillights feature a new LED lighting design and look more angular. There are some minor tweaks on the carbon-fiber wing. Designers also enlarged the rear fascia’s side air vents. The license plate recess has a new design.
That is just about it for the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 exterior revisions; everything else is carried over unchanged. In fact, it is very hard to tell the new model apart from its predecessor when they are parked side by side.
The interior, like the exterior, is also largely unchanged. The designers retained its sports steering wheel whose design is inspired by the 918 Spyder. The standard sports seats are also unchanged. For a refresher, the seats feature mechanical front and rear adjustment as well as electronic backrest and height adjustment. However, to save some weight, the automaker did away with rear seats. Buyers will have three extra seat versions including adaptive Sports seats plus which brings 18-way electronic adjustment, bucket seats that feature folding backrest and thorax airbags. The third version is the optional manual fore/aft adjustment for the seats. Those who opt for bucket seat shave an extra option for carbon-fiber reinforced seats with a carbon-weave finish. This option will offer buyers a race car experience.
In terms of technologies, the 2018 Porsche 911 GTE features the Porsche Communication Management (PCM). The system offers online navigation module that features real-time traffic alerts. The model also features Connect Plus, and Track Precision app that helps drivers to record, display and/or analyze driving data on smartphones.
Engine and performance
While the exterior and interior are largely unchanged compared to the outgoing 911 GT3, it is a totally different story under the hood. After a mishap with the previous 3.8 L, the flat-6 mill where some engines even caught fire, Porsche has decided to replace it with a 4.0 L, naturally aspirated flat-6. This engine is similar to mills used by the 911 RSR and GT3 R. In addition, the mill is based on the race engines production line. In the 2018 911 GT3, the engine is good for 500 horses and 339 lb-ft of torque.
As said earlier, the engine will now be paired to either the usual PDK or a 6-speed manual gearbox. With the PDK, the car accelerates from standstill to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and is 0.6 seconds slower with the manual gearbox. With the manual system, the vehicle attains a top speed of 198 mph but it drops to 197 mph for models equipped with a PDK.
The automaker has also carried over the model’s rear-axle steering that enables the driver to turn the rear wheels either in- or out-of-phase compared to the front wheels. This is particularly helpful in town where at low speeds, the wheels point into different directions to shorten the wheelbase but during high speeds, the wheels point in the same direction to lengthen the wheelbase to increase the vehicle’s stability.
Price and release date
Porsche is already receiving orders for the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 the first models will be delivered to buyers starting from this June. According to the automaker, the model has a starting price of €152,416 in Europe and $143,600 in the U.S.A.
The Porsche 911 GT3 competes with the McLaren 570S Sprint. However, Mercedes new AMG GT R is causing these two models sleepless nights. Actually, the GT R is considered to be a more direct rival of the Porsche 911 GT3 than the McLaren 570S Sprint.