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Sold out since early 2015, the current-generation Porsche 911 GT3 has finally returned into dealerships with updates similar to the 991.2 911. Unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the track-prepped 911 is making a comeback after nearly two years with revised styling, a retuned chassis, and more importantly a new drivetrain.
Not surprisingly, the race-bred coupe didn’t change much inside and out, and most of the new stuff is borrowed from the regular 911 that was upgraded in 2016. However, the revised chassis brings new dynamics, while the troublesome 3.8-liter flat-six was replaced by the slightly bigger, 4.0-liter unit from the GT3 Cup race car and the range-topping GT3 RS. The really big news about the new 911 GT3 is that Porsche finally brought the manual transmission back, giving enthusiasts a new reason to celebrate.
Developed on the same test track and manufactured on the same production line as the 911 race cars, the GT3 returns to a market that has a brand-new competitor, the Mercedes-AMG GT R. Launched in 2016, the AMG GT R is the first track-prepped car to actually compete in the same niche, something that hasn’t happened in quite a few years. Will the 911 GT3 continue to dominate this demanding segment? Let’s find out in the review below.
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Sold out since early 2015, the current-generation Porsche 911 GT3 will return in dealerships sometime in 2017 with updates similar to the 991.2 911. Although Stuttgart has yet to confirm this scenario, an early prototype of the 991.2 GT3 was spotted on the Nurburgring track recently, meaning that the revised sports car should be ready for a public debut by the end of 2016.
Not much is known about the upcoming 911 GT3, but if previous 911 facelifts are any indication, the 991.2 GT3 should get mild revisions inside and out, a more powerful engine, and a revised chassis for enhanced performance at the track. A manual transmission could also be in the books after many Porsche enthusiasts have complained that the PDK-exclusive GT3 is no longer a driver’s car.
There’s no word whether the GT3 will be followed by an updated GT3 RS, but recent reports and spy shots have suggested that Porsche is actually working on a new, turbocharged GT2 RS. Keep reading to find out what we already know about the upcoming GT3 and stay tuned for updates.
Updated 07/20/2016: If a few days ago we brought you the first leaked patent images of the upcoming 911 GT3, today we decided to create a rendering of the sports car to help you make an idea what a cool car it will be. Let us know in the comments section below what do you think about it.
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The 991-generation Porsche 911 was launched in 2011 as a replacement for the 997-gen model, which was produced between 2004 and 2012. Unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, it features an entirely new platform, only the third since the original 911 came to be in 1963. It’s also the first all-new 911 platform since 1999. Major changes compared to the previous version include a longer wheelbase, a new transaxle, and lighter aluminum and composite materials. As always, the exterior design remained evolutionary, borrowing cues from previous generations. The Targa variant returned in January 2014 and by the end of 2015, Porsche launched several models, including the track-oriented GTS.
With the entire 911 lineup set to receive its mid-cycle facelift by the end of 2016, the German brand is preparing to launch the 991.2-gen GTS Targa. The updated sports car was recently tested on the Nurburgring track and our paparazzi were at the right place at the right time to take a few snaps. Fortunately, there’s not an inch of camouflage obscuring the test car, so we can have a close look at the upcoming GTS Targa.
Much like other 991.2-gen models, visual modifications are far from dramatic. However, more significant changes are expected to occur under the hood, including a switch to forced induction and notably more output. Find out more about that in our speculative review.
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Porsche’s decision to use a newly designed turbocharged unit on the new 911 Carrera in place of the old naturally aspirated, 3.8-liter mill caused quite a firestorm when the car made its grand debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. It certainly goes without saying that not everybody was on board with that decision. But, for all the benefits of the old engine (purer engine noise), the new 3.0-liter turbocharged flat-six engine really isn’t so much of a step down as it is a change in direction for the iconic model.
Since the car is new to market, video reviews of the new 911 are slowly coming out. This one comes by way of EVO’s Henry Catchpole, who spends some quality time with the newest 911 on the block to give us the lowdown on the big changes given to the sports car. The most obvious, and quite honestly most important change, is the decision to shift to a turbocharged engine — something that Catchpole didn’t seem to mind, considering how more responsive and more balanced the 911 is now compared to the previous generation model. He also made an interesting point on the engine noise of the turbocharged flat-six engine, pointing out how the noise builds right up to the top of the rev range, releasing a throaty roar that rises to a crescendo at just the right time.
There will obviously be a lot of people, mostly the so-called Porsche purists, who will remain loyal to the naturally aspirated engines — that much is a given. But, as Catchpole points out, just because the new 911 now comes with a turbocharged engine, it doesn’t mean that it’s less fun to drive than its predecessors.
After months of speculation and tons of spy shots including camo-free, pre-production models, the facelifted 991-generation 911, also known as the 991.2, has been unveiled ahead of its official debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.
At first glance, the updated 911 confirms what we already suspected: updates inside and out are rather mild, while the highlight of this facelift lurks under the hood. Rumors about Porsche’s plans to turbocharged the entire lineup (save for the GTS and GT3, at least for now) have become official and the Carrera gained forced induction for the first time in its five-decade career.
Tubocharging aside, the new Carrera also comes with an updated chassis, improved dynamics, upgraded in-car technology, and rear-axle steering, an option previously available only with the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and 2014 Porsche 911 GT3.
The 991.2 is set to arrive on U.S. soil in the first quarter of 2016 for the 2017 model year. Meanwhile, let’s have a closer look at its new features and performance figures in our review below.
Updated 10/20/2015: Porsche dropped two new video of its new 911 Carrera. These two new video highlight the car’s new high performance systems and its new front-axle lift system – that raises the front end by approximately 40 millimeters (1.5748 inches).
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Just ahead of its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt International Auto Show, Porsche has dropped details on the latest mid-cycle refresh for the drop-top 911, and it comes with a few new exterior styling tweaks, the latest infotainment and driver’s aides, and most notably, a smaller, turbocharged engine.
It appears as though Porsche is moving to widen the appeal of the 911 Convertible, which makes sense given the automaker’s lineup of hardcore, track-oriented models. However, purists will still inevitably complain about the boosted cabriolet’s engine, despite it bringing more power and greater efficiency.
The car is even quicker, with performance figures seeing improvements across the board and new standard features that enhance its race-inspired capabilities even further.
Porsche says the car blends “performance and everyday usability,” a combination the brand is well established for delivering.
Updated 09/28/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the “Pictures” tab.
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It’s been four years since its introduction at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, and the 2012 Porsche 911 (991) has just received it mid-cycle facelift. Much like all 911 facelifts from 1990 onward, this update brings small, evolutionary changes to the sports car’s appearance, and new convenience features and tech on the inside. However, the 991.2, as Porsche officially calls this facelift, is a whole different car under the hood, which isn’t exactly ordinary considering Stuttgart’s take on previous mid-cycle updates.
And I’m not talking about increased outputs or different displacements for the engines. Nope, this time around Porsche stripped the 911 Carrera of of its naturally aspirated units and planted a turbocharged mill between the rear wheels — a change that’s almost as big as going from air-cooling to water-cooling, which happened in 1998 and caused quite a commotion among 911 purists. But most of us got over it.
The new switch is already a subject of controversy, with fanatics sobbing over the death of the all-motor Carrera, and turbo fans cheering over having the option to purchase force-fed 911s without having to pay those expensive stickers that come with the Turbo and the Turbo S.
Because the 991.2 is such a big deal compared to its predecessor, I decided to have a closer look at what sets the two versions of 991-generation 911 apart.
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