2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Review: Enter the Driver Enthusiast Stratosphere – GearJunkie
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The first GT car built on Porsche’s latest 911 platform — the 992 generation — is the 2022 Porsche GT3. And it’s the wildest, most advanced one yet.
You get adjustable aerodynamics, which generates up to 150% more downforce than the outgoing model — and that includes a swan-neck mounted rear wing. Furthermore, Porsche plucked both the double-wishbone front suspension and engine from its race car lineup. Yeah, it’s legit.
Take a look at the pinnacle of driving nirvana. Notice I didn’t say fastest or fanciest. Certainly, faster, quicker, fancier cars exist. You know, cars with mega price tags and spec sheets that people reference to win arguments at the bar. Hell, Porsche even makes a few. But that’s not for true enthusiasts.
Who are driving enthusiasts? You know, folks that take pleasure from a screaming exhaust note. And marvel at the tension against their chest as they smash the brakes and lunge toward a corner. You see them smile whenever they clip an apex just so. And literally laugh out loud when the rear end wiggles as they accelerate into the next corner. Those people.
For them, this is it, the zenith. Because no other car from no other brand puts this much effort into delivering satisfaction behind the wheel. For building a car to feel joy behind the wheel. Hell, for feeling anything behind the wheel. And this seventh generation of Porsche 911 GT3 truly does it better than the rest.
Race Engine for the Road
Let’s start in back. Down low, behind the seats — and indeed, the rear wheels — lies a naturally aspirated 4.0L flat-six engine that started its life powering 911GT3 Cup race cars. Since then, it found a home in the limited edition, and final build of the 991 chassis, the 2019 Porsche Speedster. But before Porsche bolted it up here, the engine received a thorough massage and with new parts, including pistons.
Moreover, each of the six cylinders gets its own throttle body and each piston inside said cylinder compresses at a 13.3:1 ratio. And to keep the oil lubricating critical parts — regardless of lateral Gs — Porsche mounted a dry-sump oil system to keep the supply healthy. All told, it makes a mighty 502 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque. And that’s not even the good part.
Because the siren song aural pleasure this motor delivers is downright seductive. Peak torque doesn’t arrive until you reach 6,100 rpm. Keep your foot in it. As the engine swiftly builds revs until you reach peak horsepower at 8,400 rpm. Keep your foot in it! Because the power stays with you as you climb to a race-engine-worthy 9,000 rpm redline!
Row Your Own
A seven-speed Porsche DoppelKupplung or Porsche double-clutch or PDK comes standard in the 2022 911 GT3. And it comes with launch control and lightning-quick shifts. With it, the GT3 hustles to 60 mph from rest in a claimed 3.2 seconds. And, if you resist life-preserving temptations to lift off the throttle, you’ll eventually reach 197 mph.
But! Porsche will gladly swap in a six-speed manual transmission at …….