Porsche has taken the wraps off of the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3, which is the fifth iteration of this race-inspired model and will once again serve as the range topping model for all naturally aspirated 911 variants when it arrives on dealer lots later this year.
The exterior styling of the 2014 GT3 retains many of the basic design elements that define the standard issue 911, but Porsche stylists have made several revisions that make the GT3 stand out from the rest of the 911 lineup. A reworked front fascia with bigger air intakes gives the GT3 a bold and aggressive face which mirrors the look first seen on the 2013 911 GT3 Cup race car. The rear styling continues the race car-inspired theme with numerous scoops, centrally mounted exhaust tips, and a giant rear spoiler which provides much-needed downforce to the rear of the car and rounds out the host of exterior tweaks.
The interior is largely unchanged from what has already been seen in the standard issue 911’s, but GT3-grade cars stand out by offering splashes of performance-inspired Alcantara trim on the steering wheel, dashboard, door panels, and seats – which have also been reworked to keep drivers firmly in place during hard cornering. Look for other features such as the company’s Sport Chrono package, infotainment system, and other luxury items to also trickle into the GT3.
The main changes for 2014 though are found in the GT3’s performance hardware, which has been upgraded and reworked to provide buyers of the GT3 the world class driving experience that prior generation GT3’s have become known for. Power for the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 begins with the same 3.8 liter flat six engine that also sees duty in the standard issue 911 Carrera S, but Porsche engineers have made several upgrades to many of the engine’s components, as well as adding race-inspired items such as forged pistons and titanium connecting rods. Horsepower is bumped to a solid 475 (a gain of 75 horses versus the stock Carrera S).
Power is sent to the rear wheels through a reworked variant of the company’s familiar PDK dual clutch transmission, which is the sole transmission offered and allows the new GT3 to make the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a blistering 3.3 seconds before reaching a final top speed of 195 mph thanks in part to its faster shift inputs. In addition to its sprinting abilities, Porsche also claims that the 2014 GT3 can lap the iconic but difficult Nurburgring Nordschliefe race course in less than seven and a half minutes – which is very impressive for a car of its caliber.
The car’s handling prowess has also been sharpened for 2014 with engineers fitting the 2014 GT3 with a new active rear wheel steering system, which is the first time a system of its type has ever been fitted to a production Porsche vehicle. The company claims that the rear steering can move the rear wheels either in line or opposite that of the front wheels which is supposed to improve the stability of the car while also enhancing agility at the same time.
Pricing for the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 will begin at a lofty $131,350 which includes the $950 destination fee, but you’re getting one heck of a car for that money. It’s basically the pinnacle of two wheel drive 911 performance, with a magnificent naturally aspirated flat six providing the soundtrack for your race car dreams.