The 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Has a Naturally Aspirated Flat-Six and a Manual

One of the most anticipated sports cars of 2021 is here, and it runs sub-7s on the Nürburgring.

The last GT3 was one of the all-time great Porsche 911s and a benchmark among all sports cars. So this car has a lot to live up to. This is the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3, the first 992 with a naturally aspirated flat-six, and a car with a whole host of mouthwatering specs.

As expected, the 4.0-liter flat-six is a carryover from the old 911 Speedster, complete with individual throttle bodies, but for the new GT3, it gets new pistons. It makes 502 hp and 346 lb-ft of torque, with redline set at 9000 rpm. There's a dry-sump lubrication system to keep oil flowing while on track, and Porsche says the engine is virtually identical to the unit used in the new GT3 Cup car. Standard, you get a seven-speed PDK transmission, with a six-speed manual offered as an option. This is in contrast with other 992 models, which have one more cog each.

To keep the weight around the same as the old GT3, this new model has a carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic hood and wing assembly. The bodyshell is based on the current Carrera model, but the front track is 1.9 inches wider and for the first time in a 911 road car, there's a double-wishbone front axle instead of McPherson struts. This 911 RSR-derived setup increases steering precision and cornering stability. Out back, there's a multilink setup, and Porsche says this new GT3 doesn't share a single suspension component with the Carrera models.


The new GT3 also gets larger cast-iron brake discs than the old model, though they're actually lighter thanks to a narrower friction ring. Carbon-ceramic brakes are available as an option. As with all 992s, the GT3 has staggered wheels, 20s in front wrapped in 255/35 tires, 21s out back with 315/35 rubber. You can also get the new GT3 with super-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires, if you want to set some crazy lap times. More on that later.

Aerodynamics also make a significant step forward with this new GT3. The most obvious feature is the swan-neck rear wing, with its unique mounts allowing cleaner flow underneath and four positions of adjustment. Up front, there are new twin vents in the hood—replacing the now-familiar single vent used in previous GT models—and an adjustable splitter and diffusers behind each wheel. In its normal settings, the new GT3 makes 50 percent more downforce than its predecessor; with everything set to maximum attack, it makes 150 percent more.


The result of all this is wild. Sure a 3.2-second 0-60 mph run and a 197-mph top speed are impressive and all, but what's far more telling is the Nürburgring lap time. On the longer 12.94-mile configuration of the circuit, the 992 GT3 ran a 6:59.927 lap—17 seconds faster than the 991. That's moving.

Inside, there's a lot of what you'd expect—much Alcantara trim and optional carbon-backed bucket seats. And unlike other 992s, which use a tiny Braun-shaver-looking gear selector for the PDK, this new GT3 has a lever designed to mimic the manual shifter. Reason being? Andreas Preuninger, head of GT cars at Porsche, likes to use the console selector to move between ratios.


Porsche says the new GT3 will arrive this fall, with pricing set to be announced closer to its on-sale date. Expect a lot of folks to be fighting to get their place in line. The last GT3 is arguably a modern classic, and given the track record of Porsche's GT department, this car should be excellent. We truly can't wait to find out.

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