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2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Coupe

#20
in Midsize coupes
2018 MODEL

$143,600

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Overview

Fender-filling wheels, giant air intakes, and a huge rear wing are absolute qualities of a track-ready coupe, the Porsche 911 GT3. The high performance-model from Porsche was first released in 1999. Since then, it has emerged to be one of the leading racing coupes. Now, it's here in the all-new 2018 avatar, subtle and powerful than ever.

Priced at $143,600 and onwards, the 2018 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.

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.

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Pros

Aesthetically pleasing exterior

Comfortable and full-functional cabin

Superior performance and excellent control

Powerful 4.0L 6-Cylinder engine

Lightweight build

Cons

Most powerful options are available as customizations

Heavy CO2 emission

What's New?

New lighter bumper with more air holes and a refined front suspension

The latest addition to the 3rd generation of racing car coupes include:


Features

Engine

h6 cyl

4 disp

MPG

31 city

20 hwy

Power

500 hp

339 torq

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

transmission

Automated Manual



Styles

 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Coupe in Jet Black Metallic color  2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Coupe in Racing Yellow color  2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Coupe in Guards Red color  2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Coupe in White color  2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Coupe in Black color
Jet Black Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Engine

9.5

Fuel Economy

6.6

Interior

4.8

Exterior

5.7

6.7

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Coupe GT3

GT3

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 2

$143,600

Configurations
GT3 2dr Coupe (4.0L 6cyl 7AM)
Transmission: 7AM MPG: (15/17/20)

Expert Review


carhp editor Last updated 19 days ago

6.7

Overall Rating


 

9.5/10
Engine

 

6.6/10
Fuel Economy

 

4.8/10
Interior

 

5.7/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

Priced at $143,600 and onwards, the 2018 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.

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 for the latter it starts from $187,500. Compared to the 500 hp and 339 lb.-ft. the 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.

Trims 911 GT3 911 GT3 RS
MSRP $143,600 $187,500
Features GT3 models are the most focused of all 911s and are favored heavily by the track day contingent of owners.

 

Rear-wheel steering

Active engine mounts

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

Unique seats

Navigation

A standard track analysis app

Feature Includes 911 GT3 Plus:

 

Weissach package

Sports Exhaust  system

Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK)

Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM)

GT3 RS Steering wheel

New Porsche Communication Management

While GT3 has more length than GT3 RS, the latter has more height and width. 911 GT3 takes about 3.9 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 lofty 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.

Engine

9.5/10

“The 2018 Porsche 911 is excellent at every stop, whether as a classic coupe, high-performance grand tourer, or track-ready supercar.”- carconnection

Engine and Transmission

Porsche 911 GT3 is driven by a robust 4.0L 6-Cylinder engine. It is capable of delivering 500 hp and 339 lb.-ft. of power and torque, respectively. The drivetrain available in the racing coupe is RWD or the Rear Wheel Drive. Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT also employs an RWD drivetrain, while Audi R8 and Jaguar F-Type SVR make use of AWD drivetrain.

Models Porsche 911 GT3 Jaguar F-Type SVR Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT Audi R8
MSRP $143,600 $122,750 $124,400 $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 stays below the 500 mark, with 469 hp of power. 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 strong points of the racing monster Porsche 911 GT3. It takes about 3.2 seconds to hit the 60 MPH mark. This is the fastest in the competition. Both Audi R8 and Jaguar F-Type SVR ties at 3.5 seconds, while the Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT takes 3.9 seconds to achieve the same feat.

Models Porsche 911 GT3 Jaguar F-Type SVR Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT Audi R8
0-60 MPH 3.2 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.

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

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

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.

Fuel Economy

6.6/10

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

Interior

4.8/10

“Loads of headroom and good forward visibility. Materials quality and driving position are excellent. Though the backseats are small, not many competitors even offer them. Limited rear visibility and a backup camera that isn’t great.”- edmunds

Seating and Comfort

2018 Porsche 911 GT3 features a passenger capacity of two. It is not different from 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 weight distribution for the Porsche 911 GT3 is the most unique. While only 39 percent of the entire weight is at the front, the rear holds down to the remaining 61 percent. Weight distribution for Audi R8, F-Type SVR, and Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT are 44-56, 52-48 and 47-53, respectively.

Model Porsche 911 GT3 Jaguar F-Type SVR Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT Audi R8
Weight % (Front) 39 52 47 44
Weight % (Rear) 61 48 53 56

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 an extra few pounds for enhancing the crash stiffness. Nonetheless, the most part remains the 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

Trunk Capacity

Trunk capacity isn’t much impressive for the 911 GT3, with mere 4.4 cube ft. of trunk volume. Audi R8 and Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT have 8.0 and 10.1 cube ft. of cargo volume, respectively. Jaguar F-Type SVR offers the most cargo volume of 14.4 cube 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

Exterior

5.7/10

“Although it’s classic, the 911 isn’t the best-looking supercar on the road today. Tomorrow, when the others have faded with style’s evolving taste, perhaps today’s 911 will look better.” – carconnection

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 2018 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
  • New pistons with different liners
  • Slightly different crankshaft with bigger seals

Safety

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
Blind Spot Monitor
Auto-Leveling Headlights
Lane Departure Warning

Competition

2018 Porsche 911 GT3 vs 2018 Audi R8

Packing a 5.2L FSI dual-injection V10 engine, the all-new Audi R8 delivers 540 hp of power and an impressive 398 lb.-ft. of torque. The ride has an all-wheel-drive drivetrain and offers a great 0 to 60 MPH acceleration time of 3.5 seconds. The R8 flaunts to have the best quarter-mile distance time of 10.9 seconds. It is capable of halting within a distance of 96 feet, from 60 MPH, best in the competition.

Priced at $164,900, Audi R8 is among the expensive racing coupes. Moreover, it has the most CO2 emission rating of 10.4 and is one of the bulkiest cars with 3737 lbs. of weight.

2018 Porsche 911 GT3 vs 2018 Jaguar F-Type SVR

With a price of $122,750, it is much cheaper than that of the Porsche 911 GT3. It is also slightly cheaper than that of the Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT, which is yet another low-price racing coupe. That said, the Jaguar F-Type SVR packs 575 hp of power and 516 lb.-ft. of torque, both of which are best that any other racing coupe in its class.

The down-side of the racing coupe is the 11.4-second benchmark for covering a quarter-mile distance. This is still better than 11.6 seconds flaunted by the 911 Porsche GT3. Also, the acceleration time from 0-60 MPH of 3.5 seconds is average. Unfortunately, it is the bulkiest racing coupe with a total curb weight of 3769 lbs.

2018 Porsche 911 GT3 vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT

The latest iteration of Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT comes with a Handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 bi-turbo engine. It delivers 469 hp of power, which is the lowest in the competition. However, the same engine delivers an impressive 465 lb.-ft. of torque, second only to the 516 lb.-ft. of Jaguar F-Type SVR. Pricing options starting from $124,400 is one of the lowest. The drivetrain is RWD, while a 7-speed automatic transmission is available.

With a 0 to 60 MPH time span of 3.9 seconds, it has one of the sluggish acceleration in the fraternity. CO2 emission value is neither impressive, rated at 9.8. While halting distance is good at 96 feet, the curb weight is much more than that of the Porsche 911 GT3, a total of 3682 lbs.

Final Verdict

Porsche 911 GT3 is a great ride for those looking for performance and a stylish build on the inside as well as outside. In terms of coupling looks, feel and an excellent performance, there is none second to the 911 GT3. However, its CO2 emission value is something of concern. But, that’s something that most racing coupes struggle with.

Powerful braking, effortless steering, and an impulsive acceleration make Porsche GT3 the perfect ride for rocking race tracks. Combining that with the wide variety of options one can have in terms of customizations, simply makes the deal much more lucrative.

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