A quick, responsive, no-nonsense machine reminiscent of the days when we would run what we brung, the Porsche 911 GT3 (www.porsche.com) is built for owners who enjoy spending weekends on racetracks flogging their cars. Expect no luxuries in this two-seater that has been in production since 1999 and has a starting price of about $130,000: no sunroof, no 12-speaker sound system, no heavy-padded seats, but the options list does include a six-point harness and a roll cage. The suspension is taut, and a huge, fixed rear wing produces so much downforce that it feels as though a tank has fallen on the car’s tail.
The 911 GT3’s new 7-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission is programmed for silky shifts that are completed in 0.10 second. It is paired with an equally new 3.8-liter flat-6 engine that produces 475 hp. However, Porsche is replacing the engines on the first 785 GT3s that it produced to correct a flaw that in two instances led to oil leaks, which in turn caused fires.