2019 Porsche 911 GT3

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Detailed Review

Undoubtedly the longest running sports car in the world, on the roads and in the hearts of enthusiasts for around 60 years. And after all these years of being re-iterated, detailed and souped up for even better driving performance in a continuous development. Porsche still feel necessary to put out a tad more faster version of their already fast cars.

Priced at $143,600 and onwards, the Porsche 911 GT3 packs a 4.0L 6-Cylinder engine under-the-hood. Reaching to the incredible 9000 RPM, the engine delivers 500 hp of power a 339 lb.-ft of torque. The driver can choose between a 7-Speed Automatic and the optional 6-Speed manual transmission.

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Pros

Minimalist Race Inspired exteriors

Ergonomic and functional cabin

Legendary driving dynamics

Cons

Most options are available as customizations

CO2 emission value is one of the highest

What's New?

Not much has been updated from the last year’s GT3.



Styles

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Agate Gray Metallic

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 Base

Base

power
500-hp @ 8250 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
17 combined

$143,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (4.0L 6cyl 7A) Starting at $143,600 MSRP (15 mpg/17/20 mpg) 500-hp @ 8250 rpm, 4 L, H-6, premium unleaded
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TBD rear wheel drive TBD

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial May 29, 2019

Porsche 911 GT3 gives a run for money to racing giants like Audi R8, Jaguar F-Type SVR and Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT. It stays ahead of the competition in terms of acceleration, curb weight, performance and customization options.

2019 Porsche 911 GT3 Features

Porsche 911 GT3 is available in two trims, namely 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS. Pricing options for the former start from $143,600 while the latter starts from $187,500. Compared to the 500 hp and 339 lb.-ft. torque delivered by the GT3, GT3 RS delivers an additional 20 hp of power and 7 lb.-ft. of torque. Maximum achievable speed for GT3 and GT3 RS are 320 km/h and 312 km/h, respectively.

GT3 has a bigger sister and it can be called a trim to it, the GT3 RS. Compared to

Trims

911 GT3

MSRP

$143,600

Features

4.0-liter flat-six engine (500 hp, 339 lb-ft)

 

seven-speed PDK or a unique six-speed manual gearbox

 

A fixed rear wing and unique front end and underbody treatments enhance its aerodynamic performance

 

a mechanical limited-slip (PDK-equipped GT3s have an active differential)

 

Rear-wheel steering

 

active engine mounts

While GT3 has more length than GT3 RS, the latter has more height and width. 911 GT3 takes about 3.8 seconds to hit the 60 MPH mark. The same feat is achieved by the GT3 RS in about 3.2 seconds. Other than differences in the specifications, there are also a few distinctions to the interior as well as the exterior. For instance, the GT3 RS comes with a big spoiler that is absent in the 911 GT3.

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There are only a few additions as you go up to GT3 RS from the base model, the GT3. The most important of which is the enhanced power and torque. However, the max speed goes down in order to compensate for the inclusion of large tires. The design and aerodynamics of the GT3 RS are more aggressive than its sibling.

Besides that, there aren't many differences between the two makes. The price gap between the two is about $44k. Things are different for racing coupes as that of other non-racing rides. Therefore, GT3 is for casual racers those like to put a load on the accelerator not often, whereas GT3 RS is for those obsessed with speed and performance.

2019 Porsche 911 GT3 Engine

'The Porsche 911 is a superlative sports car that has defied its age. It's a classic, but performs better than nearly any newcomer to its arena.-The Car Connection

Engine and Transmission

The 911 GT3 is powered by a rear active mounted 4-litre naturally aspirated 6 cylinder boxer engine. Which puts out strangle-free 500 hp and 339 pound foot and all that manic horses are released on the rear wheels. And that lends a strong driving character to already rear heavy car. The electronics work overtime to check that habit of the GT3.

Models

Porsche 911 GT3

Jaguar F-Type SVR

Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT

Audi R8

MSRP

$143,600

$122,750

$112,245

$164,900

Engine

4.0L 6-Cylinder

5.0L 8-cylinder

Handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 bi-turbo

5.2L FSI dual-injection V10

Drive Train

RWD

AWD

RWD

AWD

Transmission

7-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

Power

500 hp

575 hp

469 hp

540 hp

Torque

339 lb-ft

516 lb-ft

465 lb-ft

398 lb-ft

Though 339 lb.-ft. is an above average torque, it is still the lowest in the competition. The category is ruled by Jaguar F-Type SVR with an unbelievable torque of 516 lb.-ft. Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT is behind with a total torque of 465 lb.-ft. Audi R8 delivers 398 lb.-ft. of torque. Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT is 469 hp strong. Audi R8 and Jaguar F-Type SVR both have above 500 power of 540 hp and 575 hp, respectively.

Acceleration

Acceleration is one of the solid points of the Porsche 911 GT3. It takes about 3.8 seconds to hit the 60 MPH. This is the quickest in the challenge. Both Audi R8 and Jaguar F-Type SVR ties at 3.5 seconds, while the Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT takes 3.9 seconds to accomplish a similar accomplishment.

Models

Porsche 911 GT3

Jaguar F-Type SVR

Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT

Audi R8

0-60 MPH

3.8 sec

3.5sec

3.9 sec

3.5 sec

Quarter mile

11.6 sec

11.2 sec

11.4 sec

10.9 sec

Engine

4.0L

5.0L

4.0L

5.2L

Emission

Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

10.3

7.5

9.8

10.4

Porsche 911 GT3 takes 11.6 seconds to cover a quarter-mile, slowest in the racing coupe fraternity. Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT takes about 11.4 seconds to do the same, while Jaguar F-Type SVR does so in 11.2 seconds. The feat is reigned by Audi R8 with 10.9 seconds to cover a distance of quarter-mile. In terms of CO2, Porsche 911 GT3 is not good with an emission value of 10.3. Audi R8 is even worse with a 10.4 value. AMG-GT has 9.8 value, while Jaguar F-Type SVR with 7.5 is the lowest.

Ride and Handling

As always, riding Porsche 911 GT3 is a joy to have. The excellent steering and lightning-quick acceleration coupled with the powerful braking system makes driving 911 GT3 nothing less than a fast-paced cruise. The aerodynamically pleasing body of the racing coupe allows it to glide on highways and from close gaps.

Braking

The Porsche 911 GT3 has a well-balanced braking system, with both front and rear brakes equaling at 15.0 inches. Just like it has great acceleration, the racing car also flaunts to have powerful braking at its dispense. At emergencies, the ride can be halted from 60 MPH at 98 feet. It is 1 foot more than the Jaguar F-Type SVR and 2 feet more than that of the AMG-GT and Audi R8.

Model

Porsche 911 GT3

Jaguar F-Type SVR

Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT

Audi R8

Brake Front(in)

15.0

15.0

14.2

14.4

Brake Rear(in)

15.0

14.8

14.2

14.0

Curb weight(lbs.)

3116

3769

3682

3737

60-0 MPH (ft.)

98

97

96

96

The Porsche 911 GT3 has the least curb weight in the competition, a total of 3116 lbs. This is far less than that of AMG-GT, Audi R8 and Jaguar F-Type SVR with curb weights of 3682, 3737 and 3769, respectively. Thus, 911 GT3

is the lightest racing coupe any sports racing enthusiast can have.

2019 Porsche 911 GT3 Fuel Economy

Mileage isn't something that racing cars have to brag about. With those powerful engines by their side, fuel economy is to take a toll in racing coupes. It is apparent with the combined fuel economy of 16 mpg by 911 GT3. Looking at the competition, there isn't much available by others also. Audi R8 delivers a combined fuel economy of 17 mpg, while Jaguar F-Type SVR and Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT draw at 18 mpg.

Model

Porsche 911 GT3

Jaguar F-Type SVR

Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT

Audi R8

MPG (city)

13

15

16

14

MPG (highway)

21

23

21

22

MPG (combined)

16

18

18

17

2019 Porsche 911 GT3 Interior

Few cars are as comfortable and livable as a Porsche 911for two. -The Car Connection

Seating and Comfort

The Porsche 911 GT3 features a passenger capacity of 2. It is not different as that of the Audi R8, Jaguar F-Type SVR and Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT. The front headroom, shoulder-room and legroom offered by 911 GT3 are 30, 55.6 and 45.8 inches, respectively. While F-Type SVR and Audi R8 offer more front headroom than GT3, only F-Type SVR offers more shoulder-room. Nonetheless, the legroom offered by Porsche 911 GT3 is the most among the competition.

Model

Porsche 911 GT3

Jaguar F-Type SVR

Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT

Audi R8

Passenger capacity

2

2

2

2

Passenger Volume (ft. cube)

N/A

N/A

86

50

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.0/ 55.6/45.8

36.8/56.5/42.8

39.5/55.6/45.2

38.5/55.1/40.9

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The Porsche 911 GT3 only gets only 2 seats eliminating the 2+2 configuration. Which is not so different from the other cars because everyone here is a strict 2 seater.

Infotainment System

There aren't many changes to the infotainment system, which is slightly above than average. It features a wide 7-inch touchscreen. The infotainment system is coupled with 4 speakers, and an integrated amplifier to deliver a smooth, pleasing experience.

Radio with the dual tuner is available in addition to a single CD drive with MP3 playback and a universal audio interface. Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity and a window grid diversity antenna are also available.

Interior Features

In the latest iteration of the Porsche 911 GT3, there has been an addition to extra few pounds for enhancing the crash stiffness. Nonetheless, the most part remains same as that featured in the previous facelift. New changes to the interior of the 911 GT3 are:

  • Less sound-proofing due to the addition of some extra plates
  • Round steering wheel without buttons
  • Enhanced full-bucket seating

Cargo Capacity

Payload limit isn't much amazing for the 911 GT3, with meagre 4.4 cubic feet of cargo volume. Audi R8 and Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT have 8.0 and 10.1 cubic ft. of payload volume, respectively. Jaguar F-Type SVR offers the most payload volume of 14.4 cubic ft.

Model

Porsche 911 GT3

Jaguar F-Type SVR

Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT

Audi R8

Volume (cube ft.)

4.4

14.4

10.1

8.0

2019 Porsche 911 GT3 Exterior

'Not much has changed with the Porsche 911's shape, for better or worse. -The Car Connection

Dimension and Weight

Like always, Porsche 911 GT3 stays way ahead of its contemporaries in terms of a lightweight and clear-cut build. The curb weight is the lowest in the fraternity, billed at 3116 lbs. The closest competitor in terms of curb weight is the Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT with 3682 lbs. 911 GT3 is the lengthiest racing coupe with 179.6 inches in length. The width of 72.9 inches is, however, the lowest among competitors.

Model

Porsche 911 GT3

Jaguar F-Type SVR

Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT

Audi R8

curb weight(lbs.)

3116

3769

3682

3737

Length(in)

179.6

176.0

179.0

174.3

Width(in)

72.9

74.2

76.3

76.4

Height(in)

50.0

51.6

49.6

48.8

Ground clearance(in)

3.8

3.9

4.9

4.3

Wheelbase(in)

96.7

103.2

103.5

104.3

Track width(in) F/R

61.1/61.2

63/65

66.1/65.0

64.5/63.0

Unfortunately, the ground clearance for 911 GT3 is the lowest at 3.8 inches. Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT has the most of the same with 4.9 inches. While others have a wheelbase that is over 103 inches, 911 GT3 keeps it remarkably low at 96.7 inches.

Exterior Features

There are several but little modifications to the exterior of the Porsche 911 GT3 for revamp. Some of the major exterior alterations are:

  • Mild tweaking to the rear suspension, including the addition of helper springs allowing main springs to be lighter
  • New rear bumper, made from the same lightweight material used for crafting the front bumper
  • The rear spoiler is mounted 20 mm back and 10 mm high than in the previous facelift

2019 Porsche 911 GT3 Safety

The Porsche 911 GT3 is safe and secure with all the high-class safety features by its side. 4-wheel ABS, 4-wheel disc brakes, brake assist and Electronic Stability Control are some of the many features of the racing coupe that certifies safety. In addition to the Daytime Running Lights (DRL) feature, integrated turn signal mirrors are there.

Blind spot monitor, traction control and lane departure warning are also build into the car to ensure safety to the passengers.

Safety Features

  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Front Side Air Bag
  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Traction Control
  • Auto-Leveling Headlights

2019 Porsche 911 GT3 Competition

Audi R8

Pressing a 5.2L FSI double infusion V10 motor, the all-new Audi R8 conveys 540 hp of intensity and a great 398 lb.- ft. of torque. The ride has an all-wheel-drive drivetrain and offers an incredible 0 to 60 MPH increasing speed time of 3.5 seconds. The R8 parades to have the best quarter-mile remove time of 10.9 seconds. It is fit for ending inside a separation of 96 feet, from 60 MPH, best in the challenge.

Evaluated at $164,900, Audi R8 is among the costly dashing cars. Besides, it has the most CO2 emanation rating of 10.4 and is one of the bulkiest vehicles with 3737 lbs. of weight.

Jaguar F-Type SVR

With a cost of $122,750, it is a lot less expensive than that of the Porsche 911 GT3. It is additionally somewhat less expensive than that of the Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT, which is one more low-value dashing roadster. So, the Jaguar F-Type SVR packs 575 hp of intensity and 516 lb.- ft. of torque, the two of which are best that some other dashing car in its class.

The drawback of the hustling roadster is the 11.4-second benchmark for covering a quarter-mile separate. This is still superior to anything 11.6 seconds displayed by the 911 Porsche GT3. Additionally, the increasing speed time from 0-60 MPH of 3.5 seconds is normal. Shockingly, it is the bulkiest dashing car with a complete check weight of 3769 lbs.

Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT

The most recent cycle of Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT accompanies a Handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 bi-turbo motor. It produces 469 hp of power, which is most in the challenge. Notwithstanding, a similar motor conveys an amazing 465 lb.- ft. of torque, less than the 516 lb.- ft. of Jaguar F-Type SVR. Beginning from $171,400 is a little less than the GT3. The drivetrain is RWD, while a 7-speed programmed transmission is accessible.

With a 0 to 60 MPH time length of 3.0 seconds, it has one of the drowsy quickening in the brotherhood. CO2 emission is neither amazing, appraised at 9.8. While ending separation is great at 96 feet, the control weight is significantly more than that of the Porsche 911 GT3, a sum of 3682 lbs.

2019 Porsche 911 GT3 Final Verdict

The 911 GT3 is the hardcore version of already hardcore 911 R. More saturated color options, a big wing, stiffer suspension, an aero package on it. The 911 GT3 is brewed well for a track. Light where it has to be, sharp where it can be. It makes a hell of an upgrade over the latter with lighter components stiffer sprung suspension.

The GT3 is almost a purest street-legal sportscar you can take to a track in under $150,00. Spine-tingling power and quick turning ability, the un-filtered feel of what is happening on the road right to your hands and how can we forget that orgasmic boxer-6 naturally aspirated sound. It all brings in a lot to driving seat and it just build for the heck of driving. Actually, the purest form of it.

Also checkout the 2020 Porsche 911 GT3 Coupe.