Porsche 911 GT3 Pack Touring: one of the best sports cars in the world

It can be difficult for a neophyte to navigate the Porsche range. The 911 is available in around twenty variants, all sharing the same inimitable silhouette that has made the German sports car identifiable since 1963. At first sight, the GT3, with its power of 510 hp, seems to be placed halfway between the GTS (480 hp) and the Turbo (580 hp). But to stop at the cavalry of the six-cylinder flat does not make it possible to detect the true specificity of the 911 GT3. In a range almost entirely converted to turbo since 2015, it is the only one to keep an atmospheric engine. This is what really makes it a model apart within the range. The philosophy of the Porsche 911 GT3 has always been that of a road-legal racing car. With the Touring Pack that equips our test copy, the line devoid of a prominent fin hides the play of this radical sports car, adding a certain elegance.

Technically, the differences between the Porsche 911 GT3 and the other versions of 911, which rely heavily on versatility, are numerous. Truly, the flat-six that powers the GT3 is a racing engine, shared with the 911 GT3 Cup. With a displacement of 4.0 liters, it has dry sump lubrication while its red zone reaches peaks at 9,000 rpm. Admittedly, it has direct injection and two particulate filters. But that did not prevent Porsche engineers from developing the stainless steel exhaust line like organists. Once the valves are open (which is automatic in Sport or Track mode), the sound soars towards the treble in a bewitching way, almost like on a Formula 1. The range of this block is perhaps a little less rich and complex than on the previous generation, but few manufacturers manage to always ensure such a symphony despite current noise and pollution standards.

Almost reasonable numbers, but supercar feels

The Porsche 911 GT3 reconnects with a forgotten auditory pleasure, and it also has the good taste not to adopt too effervescent mechanical management. The 470 Nm of torque are progressively dispensed with, the long stroke of the accelerator pedal, with a perfectly linear map, allows the engine impulses to be dosed with finesse. Thanks to its supersquare dimensions (102 mm bore, 81.5 mm stroke), the flat-six appears totally devoid of inertia and he climbs the towers with greed and energy. Porsche announces an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds and from 0 to 200 km/h in 10.8 seconds. Compared to supercars that rely on astronomical figures, the power appears almost modest on paper, but the thrill that runs through the spine when accelerating is the sign of an exceptional model.

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