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Porsche's track 911 in civvies, the GT3, is ready to rev in Australia
9 Nov 2009
THE first examples of Porsche’s upgraded 911 GT3 coupe have arrived in Australia, which has long been one of the major destinations for Porsche’s race-ready road car, ahead of first customer deliveries in January.
About 20 Australians have already put up their hands for the latest-generation GT3, up to 90 of which have been earmarked for local roads from a limited two-year production run, despite the fact Porsche has confirmed $25,000-higher indicative pricing of around $282,000.
Powered by a bigger and more powerful 3.8-litre flat six that eschews the direct-injection technology seen on other facelifted 911s, the new engine offers a meatier torque delivery and quicker 4.1-second 0-100km/h acceleration by being the first Porsche flat six to feature VarioCam exhaust valve actuation as well as variable intake valve timing.
The newest GT3 also comes with a new bodykit, new 19-inch alloys with racecar-style single wheel nuts, stability control for the first time and more luxury features than ever, while GT3 firsts include the option of a 30mm front-end lift system and active engine mounts.
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PORSCHE'S sixth-generation (997-series) 911 GT3 was quicker, faster and cheaper than the brilliant 996-series it replaced. The limited-production version of Porsche's latest road-ready racecar packed a 305kW 3.6-litre naturally-aspirated flat six that set a new specific power output (of 84.7kW per litre) for "road-legal production sports cars". Only only one-tenth slower than the day's 911 Turbo, the 997 GT3 sprinted to 100km/h in just over four seconds, but despite its motorsport credentials only half of all 997 GT3s sold were Clubsport versions fitted with the no-cost options of a race-ready rollcage and driver's harness - down from 80 per cent with the 996.
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