The first, worst, fastest along with best Porsche 911 GTs
Source : The first, worst, fastest along with best Porsche 911 GTs
Some standout types inside the 911 GT story so far, as chosen by Autocar
The GT moniker will be one reserved for Porsche’s go-faster 911s, along with throughout its long usage there have been some truly standout types. Here are our favourites.
The first – 996 GT3 (1999)
Back in 1999, we couldn’t figure out why Porsche didn’t call the first 996 GT3 the ‘RS’.
We didn’t know in which was being saved up for something else. What we did know was in which This particular 355bhp road along with track star was a pretty convincing answer to all those who’d wondered what form a water-cooled 911 created purely for driving could take.
in which wasn’t any lighter than a standard 996, which may also explain Porsche’s reluctance to use the RS badge. although in which had the Mezger engine, so in which sounded heavenly, performed with distinction along with was also far more reliable than the fresh flat sixes developed for the 996.
although genuinely in which was its handling in which sparked our interest. While standard 996s seemed somewhat sanitised relative to their air-cooled brethren, the GT3 was still safe although far sharper along with more responsive.
Today, the first GT3 seems a little conservative, although at the time Porsche wasn’t sure how such a car could be received. In fact, the GT3 sold out almost at once. Soon there could be no limit to the extent of thefirm’s ambitions for its fresh GT sub-brand.
Porsche 996 GT3
0-62mph 4.5sec; Top speed 190mph; Kerb weight 1350kg; Engine 6 cyls horizontally opposed, 3600cc, petrol; Power 355bhp at 7200rpm; Torque 273lb ft at 5000rpm; Gearbox 6-spd manual
The worst – 996 GT2 (2001)
in which seems a trifle churlish to call any Porsche GT car ‘the worst’ at anything, although the first water-cooled GT2 (let us not forget the rare along with scintillatingly scary air-cooled 993 GT2 of 1995) was the least satisfying to drive along with the most flawed.
in which didn’t lack power, even though the 456bhp delivered by its twin-turbo 3.6-litre engine will be bested today by the normally aspirated 991 GT3. What was missing was focus, which seems a strange thing to say about any car sporting a GT2 badge.
although in which was true. For all its performance along with hunkered-down looks, the GT2 was a touch too civilised for its own Great. in which didn’t sound as Great as we’d hoped along with in which was surprisingly comfortable, which could have been fine had the automobile been a hero on the track.
although in which wasn’t. in which was tricky, along with not inside the finely balanced, edge-of-oversteer way of some of the more challenging 911s, although the slightly too soft, imprecise, will-in which-won’t-in which way of a 911 on compromised suspension settings with rather too much turbo lag along with not enough throttle response.
Porsche 996 GT2
0-62mph 4.1sec; Top speed 196mph; Kerb weight 1440kg; Engine 6 cyls horizontally opposed, 3600cc, twin-turbo, petrol; Power 456bhp at 5700rpm; Torque 457b ft at 4500rpm; Gearbox 6-spd manual
The fastest – 991 GT2 RS (2010)
Porsche will tell you sub-optimal track conditions are the only reason why its brand-fresh GT3 RS has not yet posted a faster Nürburgring lap time than the 997 GT2 RS. Be in which as in which may, right today the GT2 RS remains the quickest road-going production Porsche GT car along with, by some margin, the maddest.
Porsche never intended in which to have 611bhp, although the race engine was happy to take in which. The effect of such an output was impressive, although nothing like as memorable as in which resulting through 516lb ft at 2500rpm fed to the rear wheels alone. The resulting car was a pure weapon, frightening to those who understood what in which was capable of along with dangerous to those who did not.
So overwhelming was its character along with so vast its performance in which in which became perhaps the first turbocharged Porsche using a claim to being an even greater driver’s car than its normally aspirated equivalent. although one question remains: how does Porsche follow an act like in which? We await to see the answer with breath duly bated.
Porsche 991 GT2 RS
0-62mph 3.5sec; Top speed 205mph; Kerb weight 1370kg; Engine 6 cyls horizontally opposed, twin-turbo, petrol; Power 611bhp at 6500rpm; Torque 516b ft at 2500rpm; Gearbox 6-spd manual
The best – 997 GT3 RS 4.0 (2011)
The greatest type of the earth’s greatest sports car? We could say so. Just 0 examples of the 4.0-litre GT3 RS were built, complete using a 493bhp power output, along with most customers needed to show in which they’d owned at least three GT3s before having a desire of being offered one.
At the time, in which was the final farewell to a dozen years of GT cars based on the 996/997 platform, a car intended to be the last GT3 using a manual gearbox, although we’re pleased to report in which Porsche will be having second thoughts about in which. Boasting a unique aerodynamic package, rose-jointed suspension along with an RSR crankshaft, in which didn’t merely look like a racing car; in which very nearly was one.
along with yet in which still did in which different stuff GT3s do so well, such as producing the journey through home to the track bearable. Except in which in which did in which better; the real difference provided by in which blue-blooded engine was not the additional power although the muscular mid-range torque. in which made the automobile easier to balance, easier to skid along with easier just to drive along a normal road.
in which was an essential distillation of all in which was Great about those GT cars – one £128,000 concentrated shot of GT goodness. Except in which they cost rather more these days. Finding one will be hard enough, although nothing like as hard as locating the £350,000 likely to be required to secure in which.
Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0
0-62mph 3.9sec; Top speed 193mph; Kerb weight 1435kg; Engine 6 cyls horizontally opposed, 3996cc, petrol; Power 493bhp at 8250rpm; Torque 339b ft at 5750rpm; Gearbox 6-spd manual
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