It used to be, step one, buy a hypercar… But now you can lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife in under seven minutes for a mere $180,000 – say hello to the new 2022 Porsche 911 GT3
It’s been running all over the place for months under barely any disguise, happy to flaunt that huge swan-neck spoiler, and now the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 is officially out parading its new Shark Blue body.
Developed by the company’s motorsport department, the latest GT3 is the seventh evolution of the nameplate depending on how you count (it could also be the fourth) and comes with technology transferred directly from the track to the road.
The engine, for example, is basically identical to the engine in the back of the 911 GT3 Cup race car – this naturally aspirated 4.0-litre flat-six develops 502 horsepower and revs to 9,000rpm, featuring new pistons, dry-sump lubrication and a sharpened up engine resins. Acceleration from zero to 100km/h takes 3.4 seconds, and the new GT3 is only slightly slower with the optional six-speed manual transmission.
The chassis also gains motorsport solutions, with a new double-wishbone front axle derived from the 911 RSR, and a rear end with n increased number of ball joints so that in the end, the GT3 suspension shares no parts with the 911 Carrera.
In order to keep the weight equal to the previous GT3, the new car features composite panels and rear wing, plus lightweight glass – if you spec the lighter manual the kerb weight is quoted as 1,418kg. Even the standard brakes save weight – they’re the same size across (408mm) as the brakes on the 911 Turbo, but they still come in 17 percent lighter, and then you can save even more if you spec the 410mm carbon ceramic brakes. The wheels, too, are lighter than before, even though they’re half-an-inch wider than before – the GT3 runs a staggered setup with 20-inch front and 21-inch rear tyres.
When Porsche took the new GT3 to the Nürburgring Nordschleife, development driver Lars Kern was on the optional Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres to set a sub-seven-minute lap time. Just… The clock stopped at 6:59.927 minutes for a full 20.8-kilometre lap. This is more than 17 seconds quicker than the previous GT3. Remember, like, 10 years ago when a sub-seven ‘Ring lap was the stuff of hypercar fantasy?
The critical performance aspect of the new car is aerodynamics – downforce has been increased by 150 percent, thanks to an adjustable front spoiler and front diffuser, new side skirts, and that swan-neck wing.
Inside the 2022 GT3 it’s all business, with fabric upholstery and a 360mm steering wheel that’s perfectly round, and not square or squared off or any other nonsense. Of course, the options list is extensive and you can even delve into the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur range of goodies to personalise your GT3. Lightweight bucket seats, roll-cage, pin-striped wheels, all the usual stuff is available…
Porsche says sales of the new 911 GT3 will begin this summer starting from around $180,000 – the price of admission into the sub-seven-minute club is definitely coming down.