Malibu, California-We have all returned to places we used to frequent. Restaurants and offices are generally outside. However, there may be a common theme: it is different from the past. Of course life is like this, but when the familiar now feels different, it’s still a bit sad. Or ruined.
Then, The return of the Porsche 911 GT3As a 911, it is certainly familiar, but because it uses a new generation of 992, Porsche The latest natural inhalation and tame scalpel also give people a different feeling. destroyed? what.
Usually to test such a car, I will be sent to a circuit somewhere-for example, Atlanta Road I drove the last GT3 RS. This time, while Covid still exists, I need a suitable public road, which means returning Malibu This is the first time since 2018. Because in case you don’t know, there are some very special roads there, suitable for things like 2021 GT3. Ish.
After all, the lap time of this car on the Nürburgring North Circuit was 6:59.927 minutes, which was 17 seconds faster than its predecessor.The new and improved 992 generation is of course related to this, but like GT3, Porsche has systematically reduced weight, upgraded components and borrowed from it. Motorsport Wing creates something more comprehensive than typical Sports car Variants. It looks like a 911, but it drives like a different car.
The 911 GT3 is again equipped with a 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine. During this period, there was no turbocharger. Nowadays, it is very rare to drive a naturally aspirated car, let alone a car with a speed of 9,000 rpm and a peak of 502 horsepower at 8,400 rpm. So yes, it was not destroyed. In fact, Porsche stated that it is “almost the same engine used in the new 911 GT3 Cup race car.” The stainless steel Sport Exhaust of GT3 increases the aural pleasure of listening to the roar of the engine to nine tones.
However, the problem is that the standard seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic manual rarely sees the need to approach the red line. Since I am not driving on a track, its speed is mostly around 6,500 to 7,000 rpm. This is still higher than the ceiling of most cars, but far from the enthusiastic, Pavarotti-style crescendo you achieve when you boil.Although you don’t need Use PDK paddles for fast driving (Sport + mode knows exactly when to upshift and downshift, thank you very much), you will miss you They are only used to make things sound as interesting as possible.You can also get No cost option six-speed manual. Again, it was not destroyed.
The same cannot be said for driving routes. Mention “snakes” to any car enthusiast in the greater Los Angeles area and they should immediately know that you are not referring to reptiles or Jack Roberts. This is a lofty and winding place on the Mulholland Highway north of Malibu, east of Kanandum Road. Although I used to drive it every week as part of a regular vehicle test, I have not done so since I moved in 2017. I still haven’t done this. The snake was destroyed, apparently not by Covid, but by the catastrophic wildfire in November 2018, and it has been impassable to this day. The only place in my old Malibu stomping ground is still burnt and closed to more than one place.
I knew I was going in, but instead of checking which places were closed, I decided to find out by myself. The worst that can happen is the need to turn around and retake a winding road. In the new GT3. Oh no.I started in Las Flores canyon The road, steep and sharp turns are almost comical collections. Larger and more powerful cars like the 911 are usually not suitable for it, but this GT3 is really different.
This is the first mass-produced 911 with a double-wishbone front suspension. Its design is adapted from the Le Mans championship 911 RSR race car. Porsche said this would lead to “very agile boarding behavior.” No joke. The first turn of the steering wheel was a real surprise, as the steering was significantly faster than the 911 standard. This is almost Italian. Is not Surprisingly, it is also very precise and easy to communicate, but replacing the rubber suspension bit commonly used in the 911 with a ball joint will further increase feedback.If this is not the best turn, then it may be crocodile GT4 or some exotic ones I haven’t driven yet.
The guide story does not end there. A large part of the GT3’s agility on more compact and technical roads such as Las Flores is the standard rear axle steering system, which can turn the wheels as much as 2 Degrees to reduce the turning radius. The result is a car whipping around the hairpin with a smaller, lighter car.
This is the thing about smaller, lighter cars: you don’t have to drive so fast to enjoy yourself. In contrast, most high-power machines nowadays make driving so easy that you will definitely find yourself a little boring, need a track or may be thrown into jail. GT3 may be a high-performance machine, but surprisingly, driving at a completely normal speed on public roads, even at a legal speed, is still a pleasure. With so much agility, so much communication, and so much beautiful noise, no matter the speed, you feel fully involved. This is ultimately the most successful attribute of this car.
In addition to the agility gained from the redesigned suspension and standard rear-wheel steering, the GT3 is indeed lighter than other 911s. The curb weight with PDK is 3,164 pounds, which is 190 pounds lighter than the basic Carrera and 471 pounds lighter than the 911 Turbo.A car equipped with a manual device is lighter, weighing 3,126 pounds, and 718 Cayman IslandsJenny Craig’s treatment is the result of stripping away 26 pounds of rear seats and sound insulation (you did notice), as well as a large number of unique components. The PDK transmission has seven gears instead of eight gears and is 40 pounds lighter (it also has a manual shift knob, instead of the lame paddles of the 911). Carbon fiber reinforced plastics are used for the engine hood, rear spoiler and wings, as well as the roof as an option.The windows are lightweight glass and the staggered-size wheels are forged aluminum, although brake It has the same dimensions as the 911 Turbo (408 mm), but the weight is reduced by 17%. Our test car is equipped with an optional ceramic composite brake, which is 50% lighter than this. LiFePO4 starter battery This alone reduces the weight by 22 pounds, which is the same as the last GT3 equipped with the stainless steel Sport Exhaust.
Of course, regardless of speed or venue, GT3’s entertainment capabilities are very good, but this professional 911 still intends to use its full 9,000 rpm potential on the track. In addition to faster cornering, the new double-wishbone front axle has higher camber stiffness under high compression (and therefore at high speed), provides more stable support for the outer wheels, and greatly reduces the transverse direction on the shock absorber force. All of these increase stability and turning force potential. (It can also counteract the brake dive, which allows the use of softer springs, so what I can confirm is surprisingly compliant riding). At the same time, in addition to the rear steering and 315/30 ZR21 summer tires, the rear axle is also equipped with a five-link suspension, the lower control arm has an additional ball joint, and the camber angle and stabilizer bar stiffness are manually adjusted. The spring is also harder, but like the Porsche racing car, it has a special auxiliary spring that can extend the spring stroke to ensure tire contact, despite the high spring rate. In short: We have done a lot of work to ensure that the wheels maintain optimal contact to achieve maximum high-speed turns.
A lot of work has also been done in this area. Porsche says GT3 aerodynamics are also adapted from 911 RSR Le Mans Racing. The most obvious element is the manually adjusted “gooseneck” wing, which is more than just looking cool. The unique up-and-down design of the column allows the air to flow more freely under the wings, which increases the downforce by 50% compared to the previous generation GT3 wings. Impressive, but the new rear diffuser is even worse because it generates four times as much downforce as its predecessor. When the wings are set in the track-only position, the overall downforce of 125 mph is 150% better than the old GT3. Suddenly, it is no surprise that the new GT3 pumped around the “ring” for 17 seconds.
Although some of Malibu’s greatest hits are still smoky, thankfully, there is so much more to enjoy. Slalom excursion at the end of the Old Topanga Canyon. A strong group of esses and hairpins on Piuma Road. A pair of downhill carousels running at the same time on Encinal Canyon perfectly showcase all the extra grip and downforce, easily and quickly glue the car to the sidewalk and suck it onto the sidewalk, making you want to flip U and finish again All operations. I did it. In fact, all the grips that use $9,210 ceramic brakes are rare. It mainly relaxes the throttle, turns, reaches the top, and relaxes back to the throttle.You have to go Really Go fast on these public roads Really Standard brakes are required, not to mention ceramic brakes.
Ultimately, this just means that like most high-end sports cars, 2021 Porsche 911 GT3 requires far more cars than the real world—especially when you consider that Malibu’s roads hardly represent the “real world”. You really need a track. But unlike many other high-end sports cars, GT3 actually seems destined to find itself on the track.If you don’t see it in the card, rent Porsche Offers GT3 Tour This sacrifices some of its maximum offensive capabilities (and its wings) for a more subtle appearance and greater luxury. The prices of the two are actually the same, starting at US$162,450 (due to the PCC brakes, the front axle lifting system of US$3,670, the full bucket seat of US$5,900, the leather/Race-Tex interior of US$6,230 and other high-priced products, our test The meter rose by $197,670 and $4,220 for Shark Blue Paint). If you can afford all of this, you can afford some track time. There is still some time to return to your favorite driving road.