For the new Porsche 911 GT3, do you prefer the six-speed manual or seven-speed PDK?
Porsche Malaysia (represented by Sime Darby Auto Performance) has officially launched the all-new Porsche 911 GT3 for the local market and what better venue to do so than the Sepang International Circuit. The seventh-gen model has gone through quite an evolution, which is why Porsche is extremely proud of its sub-7 minute lap time at the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit (17 seconds faster than its predecessor).
Powered by a naturally-aspirated 4.0-litre six-cylinder engine, the new 911 GT3 produces 510PS and 470Nm of torque. With a combined weight of only 1,436kg, the power-to-weight ratio makes the GT3 a formidable weapon both on and off the track.
The only major issue when it comes to the new Porsche 911 GT3 is choosing between the seven-speed PDK or a six-speed manual GT sports gearbox. Why? Because the six-speed manual is fitted as standard but the seven-speed PDK comes together with the GT3 Touring Package which comes at no additional cost. Decisions, decisions.
Perhaps some numbers can help make the decision? For the manual, 0-100km/h is achieved in just 3.9 seconds before hitting a top speed of 320km/h, whereas the seven-speed PDK does is slightly faster at 3.4 seconds, but a reduced top speed of 318km/h. There's also the rev-matching feature on the manual (which is also a whopping 17kg lighter than the seven-speed PDK unit).
Other highlighted features include:
- Double-wishbone front suspension (a first for a road-legal Porsche)
- 50% more downforce from its swan-neck rear wing & diffuser (can be increased to 150%)
- Wider body & larger forged lightweight wheels
- GT3-specific instrument cluster
- 10.9-inch touchscreen display with Porsche Communication Management (PCM) + more
As for pricing, the new Porsche 911 GT3 can be yours from RM1,766,244 before any options are added, but this price tag is inclusive of the 50% SST exemption imposed for CBU cars which will last until the end of the year.