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Friday, 30 January 2009

Porsche presents the GT3 version of the current 911

Close to the end of each of its generations, Porsche 911, the world's most traditional sportscar, traditionally presents its most agressive versions. The current generation, named 997, will be replaced in 2011 by 998, which has already been snapped around. Anyway, the 911 GT3 has just been presented and will make its first public appearance only in March, more precisely at the Geneva Motor Show.

The new supercar now has 435 bhp available, about 20 bhp more than the previous model. The explanation for this increase is a bigger engine (3.8-litre, instead of the 3.6-litre boxer powerplant) and a new VarioCam variable valve command, which now manages the escape valves as well. Top speed reache 312 km/h and 0 to 100 km/h comes in a mere 4.1 s.

As it usually happens in vehicles that are so strong, the engine is just one part of the whole process. The intelligent suspension PASM, for example, is stiffer, but also more concerned about simple problems the driver may have, such as getting in and out of sloppy parking spots. In order to help, a button allows the front part of the car to rise 3 cm in order to enter and to leave such places. Disc brakes are also bigger and lighter, with the option of ceramic brakes for more demanding brake conditions.

For the ones that drive in a harder way, traction and stability control systems can be completely turned off. There is no automatic reactivation when the driver chooses to turn them off, something that is respectfull for the driver's decision. Let's just hope they know what they are doing.

In Europe, GT3 must start its sales in May, for 98,100 euros. In the USA, the car will be sold from October on with a price tag of US$ 112,2 mil.

Source: Porsche

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