New 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 review

Rory White

11 Nov 2021

1/8
The standard Porsche 911 is already exquisite to drive, so should you be chopping yours in for the track-focused GT3? We've been finding out.

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PROS:

+ Stunning engine and exhaust note

+ Pin-sharp cornering ability

+ Lovely, high-quality interior


CONS:

- Standard tyres in the wet

- Road noise at motorway speeds

- Ability to actually buy one


Verdict: If you want the most visceral 911 driving experience possible, this is it. You might have trouble getting hold of one, though, and notably cheaper 911s remain epic driving machines regardless.


2022 Porsche 911 GT3 review: the five-minute read


If you weren't already aware, Porsche is very good at making cars that are very good to drive. Even its SUVs are among the best of their breed to thrash along a country road, but most agree that of its entire range, the 911 is pinnacle-Porsche.


But that's merely the beginning, because the 911 comes in more flavours than a millennial's herbal tea collection. There's the Carrera, the Carrera 4, Carrera S, the 4S, the Cabriolet, the Targa, the Turbo, the GTS – you get the idea.


All of these are great to drive, no question. But if you want the ultimate expression of the current 992-generation Porsche 911, Porsche believes you need this; its Porsche 911 GT3.



The ultimate expression bit starts with the way the 911 GT3 looks. It sits lower to the ground than the standard 911 but also includes more carbon fibre reinforced plastic on its body to make it lighter, including its bonnet, rear wing and spoiler. You can opt to have its roof made of the stuff too.


That bonnet is unique with its aggressive air vents, the GT3's front bumper features a more aggressive aero splitter, its rear diffuser and swan neck spoiler keep it pinned to the road at the back and its underside is fully clad for better airflow.


The result is 50% more downforce than the previous GT3 in its factory setting, or 150% more if all that is tweaked for the track.



Inside, the GT3 gets a set of figure-hugging sports seats as standard, or optionally - as our car had - a stunning pair of carbon fibre bucket seats borrowed from Porsche's top-of-the-tree 918 Spyder.


You also get a unique sports steering wheel, but otherwise, the GT3 is largely the same as the standard 911. That's no bad thing because the 911's dashboard is cleanly designed, easy to navigate and solidly built.


A black leather and dark brushed aluminium theme is standard, but like any Porsche, you can run wild with the options list to have it almost any way you like inside. Just expect to pay handsomely for the privilege.


Two tall adults will sit comfortably inside without issue. The driver gets a massive amount of wheel adjustment as standard, and even the standard seats are easily adjustable. The GT3 does without rear seats, making it lighter, but also more practical – unless you opt for a cage to take their place.



The 911's standard infotainment system is present and correct here too. A high-res, responsive 10.1-inch touchscreen that's easy to use and features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.


Not that you'll spend much time worrying about that when there's one of the finest engines on sale sat directly behind you. It's a 510hp, 4.0-litre flat-six petrol engine with no turbocharger and a 9000rpm rev limiter. To sports car fans, it doesn't get much better than that sentence.


The GT3's engine is built on the same line as the engines that go into Porsche's actual race-car 911s and it feels every bit of it. The throttle response is staggering, the pull from low revs despite no turbo is stout and hitting 9000rpm via the GT3's lightweight sports exhaust sounds like Joss Stone duetting with James Brown.


And you get the choice of a wonderful six-speed manual gearbox, or dual-clutch seven-speed PDK automatic to go with it. The PDK is faster to 62mph from standstill (3.4 seconds versus 3.9), sure, and will probably make you slightly faster around a track. But don't worry about that, just buy the manual anyway.



And you have every confidence in all that power with steering as precise as the GT3's. Couple that with its downforce-inducing aerodynamics and standard rear-steer system and the eagerness with which it turns into corners is frankly absurd. Thankfully, the way the GT3 stops on its standard brakes, let alone its optional carbon-ceramic set, is equally other-worldly.


All-told, on the road, the GT3 will go, stop and hang on in corners far, far beyond what is legal. Our only reservation is that the GT3's standard Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres struggled to find purchase on soggy roads on our drive, which certainly dented a bit of that confidence.


Still, the GT3 is designed for dry days on the track and its standard tyres are too. You can always swap them off for a more all-season set, like Michelin Super Sports. Or go the other way and have even stickier Cup 2 R tyres from the factory, the very same that lapped The Ring in less than seven minutes. Good luck.


The GT3 doesn't give too much away when you're just pootling around, though. Lesser 911s are more comfortable over bumps, but the GT3's trick adjustable suspension is designed for lap times so that's hardly surprising. Neither is the fact that it's noisier at a motorway cruise.



That's that then. Just buy one. At around £127,000 it looks superb value next to a Lamborghini Huracan EVO or McLaren 720S and is a genuinely more capable track toy than the similarly priced Audi R8.


There is a problem, though; it's actually quite difficult to buy a 911 GT3. They aren't built at the same rate as normal 911s and the waiting list is long.


So, if you want the most visceral 911 driving experience possible, this is it. If you don't, bear in mind that a Porsche 911 Carrera S and GTS are both a good bit cheaper to buy in cash or on finance, barely any slower in the real world and more comfortable and quiet when you aren't in the mood.



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