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2013 Porsche 911 GT3 (991) arrives UPDATED & OFFICIAL

Mon, 04 Mar 2013

We have the first photos of the 2013 Porsche 911 GT (991) ahead of its reveal this week at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

Update: Porsche has now caught up with the first photos arriving and we have official details of what the new 911 GT3 has to offer.

A rise in weight from the last GT3 sees the new GT3 weighing in at 1430kg, but power is up to 468bhp and 324lb/ft of torque from a tweaked version of the 3.8 litre flat 6 which now revs to 9000rpm with power going to the back wheels through the auto ‘box. 0-62mph is just 3.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 196mph.

The GT3 gets reworked suspension with PASM and PTV Plus with a locking diff and there’s four-wheel steer that manages to counter steer the back wheel at speeds up to 30mph and steer with the front wheels at speeds over 50mph.

Porsche has been busy rolling out the 991 version of the 911 for some time, but until now the closest we’ve got to a new generation GT3 is the 911 GT3 Cup. But no more.

Ahead of a reveal at Geneva, we have the first pictures of the 2013 Porsche GT3, looking stunning in red, complete with new front bumper with big air intakes, a lip spoiler at the front, wider sills, flared arches and big wing at the back. Oh, and a big set of alloys.

What we don’t yet know – because these photos have turned up in our inbox before Porsche has officially revealed the new GT3 – is exactly what’s under the bootlid of the new GT3, but it does look like the GT3 comes with Porsche’s PDK ‘box (as we reported in 2011).

What we’re expecting is that the GT3 will get a tweaked version of the 3.8 litre flat six with more than 450bhp – up a smidge on the old GT3 – and enough for a sub-4 second 0-62mph.

We’ll update with official details from Porsche once they’ve actually revealed the new GT3.

By Cars UK