Few cars embody the concept of a precision tool better than the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3, and like any good tool, the GT3 demands respect.
Use a Randall knife as a screwdriver and you will likely lose your thumb. Likewise, if you use the 911 GT3 for your daily driver, your ears and spine will be assaulted by one of the sportiest license plate-carrying cars.
But you’ll look, sound, and perform like few others on track days.
That is the goal of the 911 GT3: to distill the iconic Porsche sports car to its core. From cabin sound insulation to steering response to ride comfort, the 911 is built for speed, not comfort. The interior is sure to be covered in leather and suede, optional two-tone alloy wheels and a world-class navigation system. But make no mistake that the GT3 is a luxury car. Every inch and ounce has been honed to a fine finish for performance.
The 911 is a Porsche torchbearer, born in 1964 to race. Despite nearly 60 years of advancements in comfort and driver assistance, the GT3 is a reminder of that with 502 horsepower.
What is the price?
2022 911 GT3 prices start at $161,100, excluding the $1,350 destination fee and $1,700 gas consumption tax. (The two-seater gets only 14 mpg in city driving, a sort of figure more frequently associated with delivery trucks than the two-person 198 mpg ones.)
A conventional, horizontally-resisted 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 502 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque is standard. The GT3 comes as a coupe only, just like the 911 GT3 Coupe race car uses the same fast-revving and roaring engine.
A six-speed manual transmission and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic are available for the base price. The fact that Porsche offers a manual transmission in such a focused performance car speaks volumes for a lot of 911 owners. They understand the manual is 0-60 mph slower – 3.7 versus 3.2 seconds. they do not care. Their understanding of true performance driving requires them to work the transmission and clutch continuously around the track. It’s part of the fun, and GT3 is all about fun.
2022 Porsche 911 model line and prices
Carrera 4: $109,850
Race S: $118,450
Targa 4: $122,650
4S Racing: $125,750
GTS Racing: $138,050
Targa 4S: $138,550
Race 4 GTS: $143,350
Targa 4 GTS: $158,150
GT3 Touring: $164,150
50 Years Edition Porsche Design: $185,150
Turbo S: $208,350
Prices include the $1350 destination fee, but do not include gas consumption fees, where applicable.
How does a 911 look like a pickup truck?
The 911 product line covers a wide price range from the Carrera’s $102,550 to $208,350 Turbo S. It includes coupe, gas, convertible, rear-wheel drive, turbocharged, and regular-aspirated models. This allows Porsche to precisely build models for small masses who know exactly what they want and will happily pay for it. Full-size American pickups are likely the only other vehicles on the road that cover such a broad spectrum – in their case from gardeners’ work trucks to luxury taxis and six-figure heavy-duty models that pull million-dollar show horses and buggies. Mobile accommodation.
I tested the 911 GT3 with a six-speed manual and options including black and red leather and Race-Tex seats; Extended Range Gas Tank 23.-7 gallons; Black and red alloy wheels. Telescopic tires (20″ front and 21″ rear); Suspension that can raise the front axle 1.2 inches for speed bumps, trails and dynamic LED headlights.
It stayed at $174,740, excluding destination fees and federal gas tax.
It goes without saying that Porsche cars are expensive, but they consistently offer good value compared to vehicles of similar performance. This is true for the GT3.
The most important weight reductions in the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3:
- Carbon fiber reinforced hood
- Carbon fiber reinforced rear spoiler and rear spoiler
- The seven-speed PDK Sport Dual Clutch Transmission saves 44 pounds versus the eight-speed PDK on 911 Carrera models.
- Optional carbon fiber roof
- Lightweight stainless steel exhaust saves 22 pounds against 991.2 GT3
- The rear seats are omitted (as with previous GT3 models)
- The lightweight Lithium Iron Phosphate battery saves 22 lbs
- Lightweight glass standard saves 8 lbs
The 911 GT3 is super fast, with precise steering and perfectly weighted.
Designed for use on regular track, the power steering features both variable and ratio assist. With the steering wheel centered, the 14.2:1 ratio (the ratio between steering wheel rotation in degrees to wheel rotation in degrees) is alarmingly straightforward in street driving, making it easy to over-correct at first. It quickly becomes counterintuitive, as does the 11.2:1 transition that is most common in full turns. The rear axle steering further contributes to responsiveness and stability at speed. GT3 requires attention, and rewards it with lap times.
The suspension is pretty stiff for the kind of bumps common on public roads, but it keeps the GT3 quite level in high-speed turns.
The naturally aspirated engine is designed for high-speed performance rather than accelerating from a standstill. That’s why it’s naturally aspirated, accelerating to 9,000 rpm while the turbo generates torque at low revs – which is fine in light-to-stop races, but not as much as GT3 owners want.
The manual transmission has short throws and a clutch that is easy to learn and use. Porsche’s dual-clutch automatic PDK is faster, but it’s undeniably fun to chop up manual gears and toss the clutch to shift the coupe’s balance in a turn.
My voice? Shmodio!
Porsche spared no effort to reduce weight, and sound insulation was one of the first things to follow. The interior is so filled with engine and wind noise that conversations on the highways escalate into screams and hand-drawn phone calls lead to “call me back when you get home” requests.
The sculpted sports seats are warm and comfortable. Tools and controls are easy to read and access. There are buttons and dials for frequently used functions and a good touch screen for the rest.
The steering wheel has an easy-to-use mode dial that allows you to switch from normal mode to customizable sport mode and tracks.
Despite its lack of sound insulation, the interior feels luxurious, with contrast stitching, leather seats and trim. There is no back seat to save weight. (The seats are heavy, even the Mini-Me mounts on other 911 models.)
The sound system is best described as convenient, but that’s low in the hierarchy of needs for GT3 owners. This exchange on the Porsche bulletin board sums it up:
Yeezus asks: Would Porsche put the Burmeister sound system in the GT3 if I asked nicely?
The defector 787 replies: With all the engine noise I think it would be useless, and wouldn’t really fit the GT3.
Jimmy D brings it home: This is the purpose of my other car. I kind of like the GT3 as my weekend warrior and my Lexus as my weekend car
There is something to be said for knowing what you want. GT3 owners do just that, and Porsche gives them that.
A Glimpse of the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3
Base Price: $161,100 (All prices do not include destination fee and gas consumption tax)
Two-seater sports car with rear wheel drive
for sale now
Specifications as tested:
Price as tested: $174,740
Engine: 4.0L V6
Output: 502 horsepower at 8400 rpm; 346 lb-ft of torque at 6100 rpm
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
EPA fuel economy estimate: 14 mpg city/18 highway/16 combined. Excellent gasoline.
EPA estimated annual fuel cost: $4,550
0-60 times: 3.7 seconds
Top speed: 198 mph
Wheelbase: 96.7 inches
Length: 180 inches
Width: 72.9 inches (79.8 inches mirrored)
Height: 4 .50 inches
Payload volume: 4.7 cubic feet
Empty vehicle weight: 3126 pounds
Assembled in Stuttgart, Germany
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