Porsche To Reveal The Next-Gen 911 GT3 In Six Days
On February 16, 2021, Porsche will be unveiling the 992-generation 911 GT3 in true Covid fashion with a live online premiere featuring some of the car’s designers and directors. Once ready to officially launch the new GT3, Porsche took to its media page and posted a livestream portal titled “Livestream Digital World Premiere for the youngest member of the Porsche 911 GT family from Stuttgart.”
Though technically a month late, Porsche is treating this debut like a spiritual new year, hosting a live countdown clock, a worldwide live premier, and some special guests. And like everyone else, this Porsche’s resolution probably involves losing a few pounds.
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Andreas Preuninger, VP of Porsche’s GT-division, is not only one of the key presenters at next week’s debut, but also the single most important person to any modern Porsche enthusiast. If not for Preuninger, the cars with “GT” in the name wouldn’t be nearly as tried and true as they are now.
Without this guy, the poignantly special 911R would likely not exist, which means that the 6-speed manual transmission found in this new GT3 would have been a performance-killing, gas-saving 7-speed. For 2021, the GT3 will offer a Porsche’s PDK automatic dual-clutch transmission alongside that 6-speed. Thank goodness.
Speaking of performance, the soon-to-be-revealed GT3 is expected to be a performer over everything else. Power from the naturally aspirated 4.0-liter will likely see more than 500 horses. In addition to the presumed power-bump, the possibly more important matter is up front. Specifically, the suspension.
The outgoing Porsche 911 RSR racecar shares its front suspension geometries and several parts with the new GT3, further perpetuating the “racecar for the street” reputation of Porsche’s GT cars. We also suspect that the car will shave some weight. The engine cover and hood will be made from carbon fiber, and rear glass (in Europe) will be thinner.
Perhaps the most prominent feature of the GT3 is its newly redesigned rear wing. Higher and bigger than ever, this swan-neck strutted structure will provide superior aerodynamics to a regular race-style wing. The wing itself is mounted from the top, and hangs below the supports, supposedly improving drag coefficients and downforce.
Max Larsen is the Porsche reporter at Torque News. Since he was 15 years old Max was building old cars and selling them for profit, spawning his love for cars. He has been around Porsches his entire life. His grandfather had several 911s and he’s owned two Porsche 944s, which made the auto-shop class cars a lot simpler. Reading old car magazines and seeing press cars at shows gave him the passion to write and pursue the industry. He is currently studying Journalism at Western Washington University and writing for the racing team there locally. Follow Max on Torque News Porsche and on Twitter at @maxlarsencars. Search Torque News Porsche for daily Porsche news coverage by our expert automotive reporters.