992 Porsche 911 Turbo vs. GT3 Comparison: Supercar or Driver's Car?

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Enter a Porsche showroom right now and you'll be give a choice of derivatives: the Carrera, the Carrera S and Carrera 4S, along with their Cabriolet versions. And while the Carrera S I reviewed earlier this year punches into supercar territory, there's a plethora of uber-performance models heading our way.
Porsche is expected to introduce the 992 Turbo this fall, while the 992 GT3 will land next year. Then we'll get to see the new Targa, while this prototype sighting talks about the GTS version of the eighth-gen Neunelfer.

Note that all the said 911 models have already been spied and we'll focus on the just-around-the-corner Turbo and GT3 for now - you'll be able to find spy videos of both at the bottom of the page.

However, the said videos are focused on special versions of the two (yes, there's more), namely the Turbo Cabriolet and the GT3 Touring Package.

The soft top incarnation of the Turbo is pretty much self-explanatory, while the Touring Package should bring a fixed wing delete and a manual-only trim for the GT3, as it happened with the 991.2 model.

While the GT3 might pack the same track width as the already-widened Carrera S (compared to its predecessor), the Turbo will be even more generous in this arena.

On the firepower front, we can expect the Turbo to extract at least 600 ponies from a new engine that could be based on the TT 3.0-liter flat-six of the Carrera S.

As for the GT3, this is expected to pack an evolution of the new 4.0-liter N/A boxer developed for the 718 Cayman GT4/Spyder, which is loosely based on the said Carrera S engine, with the output expected to sit at 550 ponies.

However, while the Turbo will come in PDK-only form, the GT3 will once again give one a choice between the new 8-speed dual-clutch tranny and a (six-speed?) manual. As tradition dictates, the Turbo is an all-paw machine with a serious rear bias, while the GT3 only relies on the rear axle to move about. Interestingly, both are expected to blitz the Nurburgring in under 7 minutes (the Carrera S does it in 7:25, for instance).

We must dive deeper into speculation land when it comes to the Turbo, since we could get a Turbo Targa, while the Turbo S could morph into the Turbo S E-Hybrid, as it has been the case with the Panamera and Cayenne. Nevertheless, we may have to wait for the ".2" mid-cycle revamp of the 992 to see these derivatives showing up.

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