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2014 Porsche 911 GT3 Debuts in Geneva as Most Powerful New 911 Yet

3/6/2013
Porsche continues to roll out new, redesigned variants of its 911 sports car lineup, a process which began with the debut of the 2012 911 Carrera, and continued at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show with the introduction of the all-new 911 GT3.

The 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 is the most powerful normally aspirated 911 model available, equipped with a 3.8-liter boxer-type 6-cylinder engine mounted aft of the rear axle and generating 475 horsepower. Porsche says the engine is based on that of the 911 Carrera, but claims the majority of the engine's components are different, including forged pistons, titanium connecting rods, a specially developed crankshaft, and unique valve gear. The 2014 911 GT3's engine boasts a 9,000 rpm redline, and is equipped with dynamic engine mounts.

If you enjoy shifting your own gears, get used to using paddle shifters instead of a clutch pedal and a stick shift because Porsche's PDK dual-clutch transmission is standard for the new 911 GT3. If it's any consolation to purists, this version of PDK is equipped with the dynamic characteristics of a racing gearbox, including shorter gear ratios, closer gear spacing, faster shift response, and paddles featuring reduced travel and greater tactile feedback. Additionally, the 911 GT3's PDK can be placed in Neutral gear by pulling back on both paddles simultaneously. Power is delivered to the 911 GT3's rear wheels through a fully variable electronic rear differential lock.

According to Porsche, the 2014 911 GT3 can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds, can achieve 124 mph in 12 seconds, and can attain a top speed of 195 mph. Porsche also says the 911 GT3 laps the Nurburgring Nordschleife in fewer than 7 minutes and 30 seconds.

Standard 20-inch forged aluminum wheels are equipped with locking center hubs rather than conventional wheel bolts, and the 911 GT3 is the first Porsche to employ active rear-wheel steering. Depending on the speed the vehicle is traveling, the rear wheels steer in the same or the opposite direction of the front wheels, the latter to make the vehicle easier to maneuver at low speed and the former to make the vehicle more stable at high speed.

To ensure that the new 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 is not mistaken for any other model, the vehicle receives unique front and rear styling, including a large rear fixed wing and a rear-end that is 1.7 inches wider than a 911 Carrera S. Full LED headlights are optional, the first time Porsche has offered this technology on one of its models.

Porsche says the 2014 911 GT3 goes on sale in late 2013, priced from $130,400 plus a $950 destination charge.

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