Porsche does make pricing easy for its new 911 GT3. Easy if you have the money, that is. The price for the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 six-speed manual is $369,600 plus on-road costs but including a three-year, unlimited-km factory warranty and Porsche Assist roadside assistance.
If you want the PDK auto version, that will be $369,600 plus ORCs. Then, of course, there’s the optional Clubsport Package that includes a roll-cage, fire extinguisher and six-point harness for the driver – at no additional charge.
And if you want the GT3 Touring variant with additional creature comforts and minus the massive rear wing, that’ll also be $369,600 plus ORCs.
Other options will require you to fork out more dollars, such as the carbon-fibre reinforced plastic roof, but for prices on those, you’ll have to have a little chat with your dealer.
Things don’t end there, though, as there’s also the Porsche 911 GT3 70 Years Porsche Australia Edition. Fortunately, all 25 examples are distinguished by small Australia flag badges and a long list of other equipment, including a unique colour of Fish Silver grey metallic, the same colour as the first Porsche 356 imported into Australia in 1951. For this piece of history, you’ll be forking out $494,300 plus ORCs.
As with most cars out of Zuffenhausen, the best bit of safety kit you can have in the Porsche 911 GT3 is an excellent driver.
Keeping you stuck to the road are Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tyres on wheels containing six-piston brake callipers clamping down onto discs with a diameter that is now increased to 408mm. Carbon-ceramics are available as an option. For a GT3 driver, these are all the essential bits of the kit, but of course, there’s much more.
Driver settings selected through a dial mounted on the steering wheel include Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Track, all of which release the nanny controls a little bit more before you get to maximum attack, turn everything off and wonder about the terms and conditions on your life insurance. It has Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus with an electronic rear diff lock. There are also plenty of airbags.
Technology includes the Porsche Communication Management system, known to the rest of us as touch-screen infotainment, which includes navigation, Apple CarPlay and the ability to stream banging tracks or good old radio stations while on the track.
There’s climate control and digital screens on either side of the central speedometer in the instrument cluster. It might also have cruise control, but we didn’t drive it on the road, and it’s a GT3, so no one cares.
It pumps out 375kW at 8400rpm – just over 7kW more than the last generation – and torque is up 10Nm to 470Nm at 6100rpm, pushed through the rear wheels, of course. Every component is set up in a way that is not only communicative but precise, able to instil confidence even in tricky conditions. Having driven previous generations of the GT3, the latest takes all the lessons learned from them and emerges as a formidable package indeed