Making 475 horsepower, enough to launch from 0 to 60 in just 3.3 seconds, you might be excused for calling the new Porsche 911 GT3 a German muscle car. But the new two-seater is designed to deliver both track performance and on-road manners.
Making its North American debut during the New York International Auto Show, the fifth generation of the 911 GT3 has been completely redesigned from the ground up with both a new engine and transmission, as well as body and chassis, as well as a variety of sophisticated new technologies, such as the new rear axle steering system which Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller says is designed to deliver tighter, even more sure-footed cornering.
Rated at a top speed of 195 miles per hour, the new GT3 is powered by a 3.8-liter boxer engine that can rev up to a screaming 9,000 RPMs. That required a specially developed Porsche dual-clutch, seven-speed transmission, which drives the rear wheels. The six-cylinder engine is based on the 911 Carrera S six, though the two engines end up sharing only a few common parts.