2017 Porsche 911 GT3 will feature the same 3.8-litre naturally-aspirated flat-six engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission
The facelifted Porsche 911 GT3’s images have leaked online with shots from different angles revealing the whole design. The front end endured a revision in styling with prominent air inlets incorporated in the front bumper while there’s a new diffuser system at the rear. The images could be genuine, despite Porsche did not confirm them, as these subtle design changes were already seen in the Nurburgring prototype testing.
Alongside a new LED indicator unit and new set of multi-spoke alloy wheels, the remaining portion of the facelifted GT3 will be identical to the existing model which includes large rear wing, centrally-positioned dual exhaust pipes, slit grilles, etc.
The new Porsche 911 GT3 was confirmed early this year at the Geneva Motor Show to receive a six-speed manual gearbox. It is the same unit used in the 911 R as an option extra. The hardcore 911 will continue to have a naturally aspirated engine as its power source. The limited-edition 911 R whose price rose to a million in used car market due to the persistent demand was actually a GT3 PDK prototype created for comparison testing.
As Porsche engineers get buoyed by the idea of making ‘purist’ models, the manual GT3 was proposed to the board and it came out with a classic interior, sporty stripes and lightweight construction as a 911 R limited-run model.
The 911 range has been strapped with fuel efficient turbocharged engines providing less emission lately but the 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 will still boast the 3.8-litre unit from the current version.
Presently the 911 GT3 churns out 468 bhp of maximum power output and 440 Nm of peak torque. It has a kerb weight of a little over 1.4 tonnes and can accelerate from standstill to 100 kmph in just 3.5 seconds while capable of topping out 315 kmph.
The upcoming flagship 911 GT3 could undergo slight engine tweaks for more power of up to 500 hp and improved emission levels but nothing has been made official by Porsche yet. The fact that it will have a manual gearbox does send our hearts racing though!
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