That means even more lightweight materials, highly refined aerodynamics, as well as the high-revving engine shared with the GT3 Cup, the motorsport-derived front axle setup, or the 7-speed PDK/6-speed manual transmission choice. Underneath the huge swan-neck wing sits the naturally aspirated 4.0-liter boxer engine that has 502 horsepower and 346 lb-ft (469 Nm) of twist, which is said to go all the way up to 9,000 rpm.
The seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission is actually the standard choice and the one to provide the 60 mph (96 kph) sprint time of 3.2 seconds on its way to a maximum speed of 197 mph (317 kph). By the way, the company took the 992 GT3 on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife and came out with a spectacular 6:59.927 minutes lap time.
Although it’s mostly based on the 911 Carrera, the GT3 seeks to entice the motorsport-aficionado crowd with a further developed front track that was increased by 1.9 inches (almost 5 cm), while the hood, rear wing, and fixed rear spoiler are all made of CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic). The 911 RSR and 911 GT3 Cup racers were the benchmarks for the new double wishbone front axle suspension, while the multi-link design now has even more ball joints.
The standard braking system uses cast-iron discs that have the same diameter (408 mm) as the ones deployed on the 911 Turbo models, but they’re actually 17% lighter. Of course, Porsche also has the Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) on the options list, while the forged 20-inch/21-inch front and rear alloy wheels are wider and lighter (3.5 lbs/1.6 kg) than on the predecessor.
Naturally, all eyes will be drawn towards the swan-neck rear wing (which is manually adjustable), but the 992 911 GT3 also comes with a reskinned front end sporting some cooling intakes, as well as an adjustable front spoiler lip and diffuser that can be set up for normal or track use.
There are also new side skirts, while the massive wing brings a 50% improvement in terms of downforce even in the “normal” setting compared to the previous model. Then, when the “performance” tune is applied both to the front and rear, the downforce jumps a massive 150%!
Many will find the interior very familiar in reference to the eighth-generation 911 models, but the PDK lever has a GT3-specific styling that mimics the design of the manual transmission gearshift lever. And, just in case you were wondering, there’s a slight weight advantage for the latter, as the 911 GT3 equipped with it weighs exactly 1,418 kg (3,126 lbs) - compared to 1,435 kg (3,164 lbs) for the standard PDK model.
Other details worth mentioning are the GT-specific “Track Screen” function, as well as the optional availability of the Chrono Package – which is slightly different from the usual Sport Chrono Package, this time coming with “an analog stopwatch on the dashboard and a digital stopwatch in the instrument cluster.”
The 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 will arrive in the United States sometime this fall, but the German automaker hasn’t revealed pricing details and specific ordering details just yet. Meanwhile, at home in Germany, it will reach dealerships starting this May with a costly tag of at least €152,416 (around $184,387 at the current exchange rates).