Someplace excessive up on the Angeles Crest Freeway, Tom Petty’s “You Wreck Me” performs on the Porsche 911 GT3’s sound system, searing by means of its 12 Bose audio system.
It’s an acceptable observe. Not as a result of I’m about to wreck the automobile—I’m not. The automobile is wrecking me. Drive sufficient autos and each on occasion one will thunk you within the cerebral cortex, forcing you to understand how invigorating driving—not merely piloting—a automobile may be.
The 911 GT3 Touring is a dying breed, a extremely adept sports activities automobile powered by a naturally aspirated engine, a four-liter, 502-horsepower, six-cylinder boxer. There are cheaper machines that put out greater numbers. We’re in an period the place sports activities automobiles pile on extra energy, through superchargers or battery-electric powertrain know-how. But they’re not piling on any extra enjoyable.
The GT3 forces you to really feel. When driving at pace into corners, the automobile virtually appears to lean in, eerily—the results of a double-wishbone entrance axle suspension derived from one of many model’s Le Mans race automobiles, paired with four-wheel steering. Throughout high-speed mountain descents the GT3’s Michelins keep absurd grip up entrance, because of the aforementioned suspension. You’re feeling you’re in a spaceship returning to earth. Together with your hand on the outsized cue ball of its six-speed transmission, you understand with each not-quite-nailed shift you’re the one imperfect factor within the composition. The machine may do it higher, after all. However with far fewer thrills.
The Touring mannequin GT3 is for the man who likes to drive one of the vital unique 911 variants round but doesn’t must promote it. You lose the script “911 GT3” badge and the GT3’s huge, look-at-me rear wing will get expunged in favor of an routinely deploying rear spoiler. You lose a smidge of downforce, however except you’re dying to shave milliseconds off a lap time, you received’t care. Bonus: The marginally subtler nature of the Touring mannequin means fewer conversations with automobile geeks at fuel stations.
Our check automobile value $182,700 with $20,000 in choices, from the Gentian Blue Metallic paint job ($840) to LED matrix headlights ($3,270) to carbon fiber bucket seats ($5,900). Dear, sure. But it’s already beat the model’s wild, near-million-dollar 918 Spyder across the Nürburgring. The GT3 is basically a race automobile with a candy radio.
Cue the Petty.
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