porsche 911 GT3

It was in fit­ness of things that we were in­vited to Stuttgart by Porsche for a 70th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion drive in the Black For­est in three of their phe­nom­e­nal cars

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Not one, but three of the mar­que’s GT icons driven

There are a quite a few premium car brands in the world and, in that mix, Porsche stands out as spe­cial over the rest. In most cases, it is the brand that comes first and then the cars they mak e, but in the case of Porsche, it is some­what dif­fer­ent where a car de­fines the brand. They have quite a large port­fo­lio of mod­els and most of them t op their seg­ments; start­ing with the big SUV, Cayenne, to the lux­ury sedan, Panam­era, and the en­try-level sports cars, Boxster and Cay­man. How­ever, the car that de­fines the brand is the 911 se­ries.

This year Porsche are cel­e­brat­ing their 70th an­niver­sary and we were in­vited for a cel­e­bra­tion drive to Stuttgart to drive the 911 range on the roads in the Black For­est. We had three dif­fer­ent vari­ants of the 911: the 911 GT3 with seven-speed PDK gear­boxes and six-speed man­ual box while the GT3 RS and the GT2 RS had the sev en-speed PDK boxes.

Af­ter a quick break­fast there was an­other feast await­ing us: this time it was not a Ger­man break­fast, but Ger­man beau­ties in the form of five 911s parked out­side the Move and Pick air­port ho­tel, ready for the drive in the Black For­est.

The 911 GT3 is prob­a­bly the car that will be most suit­able for In­dia, so I de­cided to con­cen­trate on the GT3 rather than the GT3 RS and GT2 RS. The red GT3 looks stun­ning from which­ever an­gle you look at it. At the front, there are big air in­takes in the air dams that dom­i­nat e the front end while the rounded rear of the car is dom­i­nated by the big fixed spoiler.

The in­te­rior is well-ap­pointed with Al­can­tara leather-wrapped mul­ti­func­tional steer­ing and a driver-fo­cused cock­pit. The leather seats with dou­ble stitch­ing are com­fort­able and give am­ple lat­eral sup­port.

The GT3 has the tra­di­tional boxer flat six en­gine. This 3,996-cc DOHC four-valves-per-cylin­der mo­tor has a com­pres­sion ra­tio of 13.3:1, it pro­duces 500 PS at 8,250 rpm and 460 Nm of t orque at 6,000 rpm. The flat six mo­tor is mated to a seven-speed Porsche Dop­pelkup­plung (PDK) gear­box. The power is put down on the road via Porsche Torque Vec­tor­ing plus (PTV+) with con­trolled rear dif­fer­en­tial lock sys­tem.

The front sus­pen­sion set-up is light­weight spring strut axle (MacPher­son type) and the steer­ing electro­mechan­i­cal power steer­ing with vari­able steer­ing ra­tio plus rear axle steer­ing. The rear has light­weight multi-link sus­pen­sion with wheels in­de­pen­dently sus­pended on five links. The ad­justable sports sus­pen­sion has light­weight springs with Porsche Ac­tive Sus­pen­sion Man­age­ment (PASM) vari­able damp­ing sys­tem with sports tun­ing and low­er­ing.

The brak­ing is taken care of by a dual-cir­cuit brake sys­tem with 380 front and rear cast iron com­pos­ite cross-drilled and in­ter­nally ven­ti­lated ro­tors with six-pis­ton alu­minium monobloc fixed calipers at the fr ont and four-pis­ton alu­minium monobloc at the rear. The car is equipped with 265/35 ZR20 tyres at the front and 325/30 ZR21 ones at the rear.

Dur­ing my ca­reer I have driven countless num­ber of cars but when one gets be­hind the wheel of a Porsche 911, it is al­ways a spe­cial feel­ing. Af­ter slid­ing into the car, I in­serted the key fob and twisted it to the left to get the nat­u­rally as­pi­rated en­gine to life. The en­gine lit­er­ally burst

into life with a roar from the ex­haust. A small tug on the gearshift lever and the car was in drive mode and we were rolling. The first thing I no­ticed was that the brakes felt in­ef­fec­tive till they came up to work­ing tem­per­a­ture.

As we nav­i­gated through some morn­ing traf­fic and road works, the au­to­bahn opened up and the un­re­stricted sign meant that it was pedal to the metal and we were on our way with the ana­logue speedo nee­dle soon go­ing past the 260-km/h marker be­fore I had to lift off be­cause I came up to some slow-mov­ing traf­fic. Af­ter driv­ing for 50 kilo­me­tres on the au­to­bahn, it was time to head into the Black For­est to sam­ple some wind­ing back­roads. The GT3 lit­er­ally came into her own, sprint­ing from one cor­ner to an­other with the agility of a cat. Se­lect­ing the man­ual mode with the pad­dle shifters you can hold her in the gear and the ex­haust sound from the flat six en­gines at 9,000 rpm is like mu­sic and in­tox­i­cat­ing at the same time.

If that was not enough, se­lect the sport mode and the GT gets a to­tally dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter with sus­pen­sion stiff­en­ing up, the electro­mechan­i­cal steer­ing be­comes even more di­rect, the power de­liv­ery be­comes stronger, and the ex­haust sound is some­thing t o die for. The 911 GT3 is truly an amaz­ing car that can be used ev­ery day and it can give that adren­a­line rush that very few cars in the world can de­liver.


( Above) Al­can­tara rich in­te­rior with buck­et­seats feels great

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