Malcolm Flynn | Mar 5, 2013

Porsche’s new 991-generation 911 GT3 has arrived at last, rolling into this week's Geneva Motor Show.

As expected, the GT3 uses the wide-track 911 body of the existing Carrera 4 model, adding a more track-focused aerodynamic package.

This includes a unique front with pronounced splitter, wing mirrors, side skirts, and a rear with a new vent between the taillights and central exhausts.

A fixed rear wing appears on the rear, which raises questions about the active unit evident on earlier test mules.

The GT3’s headlights and front indicator/DRL housings have a unique tinted appearance, while the headlights themselves are a new dual-projector design.

Also pictured are centre-lock wheels and a carbon-ceramic brake package, though earlier sightings of mules with conventional five stud wheels suggests that the former will remain optional.

For the first time, Porsche has added active rear-wheel steering, designed to improve agility and stability. There's also a new electronically controlled and fully variable rear differential lock and dynamic engine mounts.

Power in the new GT3 is provided by Porsche's 3.8 litre flat-six engine - based on the same unit powering the Carrera S - producing 350kW of power at 8250rpm.

Matched to Porsche's seven-speed PDK auto and a rear-wheel-drive configuration, the 911 GT3 promises a 0-100km/h sprint time of 3.5 seconds. Top speed is listed at 315km/h.

By comparison, the outgoing GT3 - in its base 2006 form - featured a 309kW 3.6 litre six and a 0-100km/h time of 4.2 seconds.

An update appeared in 2009, upgrading the engine to a 3.8 litre 324kW six. More powerful GT3 RS and RS 4.0 models have also appeared, and will likely debut in the new line-up also.



Watch for Australian availability and details to be revealed in the coming hours.


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