There’s nothing better than welcoming a highly anticipated car to our shores – and the Porsche GT3 in 991 format is definitely one of those cars. Although a little delayed due to recent issues with the GT3 internally combusting in flames, quite literally; we are more than glad that Porsche has finally given the green light for its arrival here in Malaysia!
Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP), the authorised importer of Porsche vehicles in Malaysia officially launched the new 991 GT3 yesterday at Sepang International Circuit in conjunction with the Asia Festival of Speed happening at SIC this weekend.
The fifth generation 911 GT3 was unveiled by Arnt Bayer, Chief Executive Officer of Sime Darby Auto Performance and Porsche Carrera Cup Asia race drivers; Earl Bamber and Alif Hamdan in conjunction with the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Round 8 and 9 at AFOS.
Being the by-word in driver orientated Porsche 911s – the all-new 991 iteration of the GT3 comes packed with even more punch and technology to ensure unlimited thrills and limitless driving pleasure for the lucky ones behind the wheel. The GT3 series is a long descendant of roadworthy race car, developed to offer powerful and sporty driving dynamism matched with a refined and emotional everyday driving experience.
The 991 GT3 features a completely redesigned drive system and chassis that has been systematically developed for even better performance, precision and driving dynamics. Additionally for the first time, Porsche fitted the active rear-wheel steering first seen in the 991 Turbo cars – a system that steers the rear wheels of the car to improve agility and stability. Depending on speed, the system will steer in the opposite direction (below 80km/h) or in the same direction with the front wheels (above 80km/h) which Porsche says, plays a huge role in the 991 GT3’s Nürburgring Nordschliefe timing of 7 minutes and 25 seconds.
The powertrain of the new 991 GT3 is a brand new DFI 3.8-litre NA boxer engine that churns out 475 bhp and 440nm of torque, and for the first time in a GT3, the power is channelled through a 7-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission to the rear wheels. Deriving 125bhp per litre out of a naturally aspirated engine is a benchmark in itself for many sports cars out there.
The thoroughbred will accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 3.5 seconds, over half a second quicker than the previous generation and will continue to accelerate to a top speed of 315km/h. What is more impressive however is the 0-200km/h timing which is dealt with in just under 12 seconds.
The six-cylinder DFI engine is based on the 991 Carrera S block, however they only share a few common parts between them. The engine has been fully reworked, particularly the crankshaft and value fear which were specially adapted for the GT3. Porsche engineering boffins also designed an all-new titanium connecting rods and forged pistons to withstand the GT3’s higher rev-band at 9,000 rpm.
Arnt Bayer said – “Motorsports has always been in the DNA of Porsche and every Porsche has a race car at its heart. Since 1963, the 911 has been the icon of the Porsche brand and it represents all that Porsche stands for, exhilarating high-performance driving brought to life in roadworthy cars for everyday enjoyment. The new 911 GT3 delivers those very qualities at an even higher level than before, making it possible for owners to enjoy the race car driving experience everyday on the city roads.”
Porsche targets to allocate around 30 units of the 991 GT3 here on our shores and the base price will start from RM 1.23M with taxes but before options. We reckon many will long for something like this GT3 to drive on both the road and track, especially for the enthusiasts and avid drivers.
For more information – visit www.porsche.com.my or visit the nearest Porsche dealership to experience the GT3 first hand. We promise, it won’t be a regret. 😉
Words: Qhalis Najmi | Photos: Zahid Kasim