ONE FOR THE ROAD

The Peak (Malaysia) - - The Brief -

The lat­est Porsche 911GT3 is a thor­ough­bred race car, tuned to be le­gal on the streets. Need we say more?

In this day and age, it has be­come quite com­mon to hear about sportscars that are built for both the race­track and the road – the per­fect jux­ta­po­si­tion of speed and com­fort. But where most of th­ese ve­hi­cles are road cars that have been given var­i­ous up­grades to be­have a lit­tle more like rac­ing cars, the new Porsche 911 GT3 was built the other way around – tak­ing a race car and tam­ing it, ever so slightly, to make it le­gal for driv­ing on the streets.

The fo­cus when build­ing the 911 GT3 def­i­nitely re­volves around craft­ing a very pure driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. There are no nasty tur­bos here (some­thing that irked a lot of clas­sic Porsche fans), just a nat­u­rally as­pi­rated four-litre, flat six cylin­der en­gine that boasts 500hp and is ca­pa­ble of 460Nm of torque. In fact, this en­gine is vir­tu­ally a car­bon copy of the beast found in the thor­ough­bred 911 GT3 Cup rac­ing car. And, see­ing as how the en­gine was built to rev up to 9,000rpm, we’re bet­ting it is go­ing to sound a lot like the cup car as well.

The stan­dard trans­mis­sion on the 911 GT3 is the seven speed PDK trans­mis­sion from Porsche but, for purists, there’s also an op­tion for a sixspeed man­ual gear­box that will make any drive that much more mem­o­rable.

The fact that the Porsche 911 GT3 was de­signed to be a com­fort­able ev­ery­day drive is ap­par­ent in the in­te­rior: lux­u­ri­ous leather seats and up­hol­stery add to the op­u­lence, while the Porsche Ac­tive Sus­pen­sion Man­age­ment (PASM) shock-ab­sorber sys­tem de­liv­ers a smooth enough ride on a ca­sual day and still im­me­di­ately change its stance when you want to drive a lit­tle more ag­gres­sively.

Don’t let all the bells and whis­tles in­side the 911 GT3 fool you, though, as the car was de­signed to be a wolf in sheep’s cloth­ing. What’s in­dis­cernible from a sim­ple glance is the fact that the car­bon rear wing – an icon of Porsche’s sportscars – is 20mm higher in the air­flow than pre­vi­ous mod­els be­cause it needs to gen­er­ate that much more down­force. To fur­ther im­prove its han­dling, the car was also de­signed with rear axle steer­ing. At the end of the day, what may look like a run-of-the-mill Porsche is ac­tu­ally ca­pa­ble of do­ing the 0-100km/ h sprint in just 3.4 sec­onds, with a top speed of 318km/ h. Like we said, a wolf in sheep’s cloth­ing.

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