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Porsche 911 GT3 review – performance and 0-60

Unimpeachable traction, lightning-quick shifts and incredible response make this an extremely fast car

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from £146,400
  • Astounding powertrains; huge grip, poise and precision; ultimate engagement
  • Can be hard work on the road

Subtle rises in power and torque don’t really bring about substantial improvements in acceleration times, so the 0-62mph time and top speed for the PDK-equipped car are identical to before at 3.4sec and 198mph. Manual cars take an extra 0.5sec to reach 62mph, and to hit that sub-4sec time it’ll take some aggressive shifting, but it does reach an extra mph at the top end, hitting 199mph.

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Day-to-day, the GT3’s on-road performance is exactly as the numbers suggest. The relatively meek 347lb ft of torque doesn’t imbue the low- and mid-range with a whole lot of poke – a well driven on-boost hot hatchback will likely get the run on you. Until you breach 4500rpm. Beyond this point, the engine starts to really pull, and rather than dropping off as it reaches the climax of its 9000rpm red line, it’ll keep going. In fact, the engine speeds are so high that your ear and instincts tell you to change up far before the limiter arrives.

Manual cars accentuate this feeling of endless revs with their long gear ratios, a problem that’s apparent in most Porsche GT products fitted with a manual transmission. Porsche’s GT department insists that it’s a response to continually tightening emissions regulations, and that it’s either these gear ratios or no manual option at all. Consider us told.

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