Incoming Metal: Porsche 911 GT3

I consider myself very fortunate. Very, very fortunate in fact – having driven the finest of 911s of the past decade. Flaming slivers of unobtanium (to mere mortals such as I) like the previous GT3 RS, and more recently the Turbo S. So colour me thrilled at the prospect of a next-gen 911 GT3.

Meet the lower, wider, quicker in all aspects seventh iteration of the GT3. It’s been developed with close input from Porsche Motorsport and the end result is a beaut. A highly capable beaut, with a 375kW four-litre, flat-six heart. A naturally aspirated, high revving heart to be precise, settled into the rear of a lightweight track-weapon. It is capable of 320kph, will obliterate the zero to hundred in 3.4 seconds in a straight line but it’s when the road turns to squiggles that it comes alive – always has.

 A double-wishbone front suspension makes it wieldly and pointy (as all weapons should be), whilst the several gods of aerodynamics too have a finger on it. Transmission options include a six on the floor manual for the purists and a PDK auto for those who just want to get on with it. The new car drew a fresh line in the sand courtesy of a Nurburgring Nordschleife lap time of 6min59.9sec, a full 17 seconds quicker than its forebear. And that’s a metric one still appreciates when the subject matter is this track-oriented.

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