The 991 GT3 a much less analogue car than we’re used to from Porsche’s GT division. Concerns over the new PDK gearbox with no option for a manual, rear wheel steering and an electo-hydraulic power steering pump were all prelaunch causes for concern. However, since reviews for the 991 GT3 started rolling in, car journalists have seen the light and have been looking to their thesauruses to find new ways to describe just how good a car can be, but who better to describe what makes this car so special than Andreas Preuninger?
Preuninger has been the team manager for every GT car that Porsche has built over the last few years and in this video he describes just what went in to making this car so special. It's all done over a soundtrack of that amazing 3.8 liter boxer six bouncing off the 9000 rpm rev limiter.
Considering how long it's been around, it's sometimes easy to forget that the Porsche 911 really doesn't have any natural rivals. In this video, EVO throws two very different cars at the 991 GT3 in the form of the McLaren 12c and the Nissan GTR. Yes, all three are intended to be driven very rapidly, but beyond that there’s not a lot of common ground here. All three have their engines mounted in different locations. We have a normally aspirated flat-six, a turbo-charged V6 and a turbo charged V8. Only the GTR puts power down to all four wheels, while the other two are rear-wheel drive. The GT3 and GTR are pretty close to each other in price, but the 12c is in another galaxy. Yet, when they come together, it all makes sense. Watch EVO’s Jethro Bovington take all three through their paces on track and in the Austrian Alps.
Forget the fact that it won't be available with a manual transmission. The new GT3 is a seriously desirable car. We got a closer look at this year's New York Auto Show.