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Porsche's track 911 in civvies, the GT3, is ready to rev in Australia

Porsche logo9 Nov 2009

THE first examples of Porsche’s upgraded 911 GT3 coupe have arrived in Australia, which has long been one of the major destinations for Porsche’s race-ready road car, ahead of first customer deliveries in January.

About 20 Australians have already put up their hands for the latest-generation GT3, up to 90 of which have been earmarked for local roads from a limited two-year production run, despite the fact Porsche has confirmed $25,000-higher indicative pricing of around $282,000.

Powered by a bigger and more powerful 3.8-litre flat six that eschews the direct-injection technology seen on other facelifted 911s, the new engine offers a meatier torque delivery and quicker 4.1-second 0-100km/h acceleration by being the first Porsche flat six to feature VarioCam exhaust valve actuation as well as variable intake valve timing.

The newest GT3 also comes with a new bodykit, new 19-inch alloys with racecar-style single wheel nuts, stability control for the first time and more luxury features than ever, while GT3 firsts include the option of a 30mm front-end lift system and active engine mounts.
Model release date: 1 November 2009 to 19 January 2038

Previous model

Porsche 911 GT3

Released: November 2006
Ended: November 2009
Family Tree: 911

PORSCHE'S sixth-generation (997-series) 911 GT3 was quicker, faster and cheaper than the brilliant 996-series it replaced. The limited-production version of Porsche's latest road-ready racecar packed a 305kW 3.6-litre naturally-aspirated flat six that set a new specific power output (of 84.7kW per litre) for "road-legal production sports cars". Only only one-tenth slower than the day's 911 Turbo, the 997 GT3 sprinted to 100km/h in just over four seconds, but despite its motorsport credentials only half of all 997 GT3s sold were Clubsport versions fitted with the no-cost options of a race-ready rollcage and driver's harness - down from 80 per cent with the 996.

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