2021 Porsche 911 GT3 (992) Review

5/5

Overview

The 911 GT3 is equally devastating on the road as on the track with the 992-era model suggesting that the game is not up yet. The engine is a naturally aspirated 4.0 litre that has little enough in common with the unit found in the rest of the 992 range and actually has much more in common with Porsche’s GT3 Cup racing car. Power increases to 503bhp with 347lb ft of torque which is more than enough. 

Pros
  • Typical Porsche performance and pedigree
  • Ergonomic interior design
  • Excellent driving dynamics
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
Cons
  • Interior perhaps not as robust as it could be

Exterior

The 911 is regularly cited as a favourite of car designers. Porsche's visual makeover is mainly based on aerodynamics, most of which is borrowed from motorsport. The overall appearance is one that has been described as very busy, with a four-stage adjustable splitter at the front, a fully panelled underbody, an enticing looking rear diffuser and arguably the most eye-catching rear wing ever seen on a Porsche. 

Interior

Porsche have got the basics right with the seats feeling wonderfully supportive. This is a car you instantly feel at home in offering the driver an immediately approachable yet vital feeling when taking control. The cabin is more of what you expect with a new Track Screen mode that switches to a central rev counter only. There is also a multi-function steering wheel that allows you to flick between chassis modes that include Sport and Track while traditionalists will be glad to learn that there are still physical buttons to disable ESC and traction control. While the driver can avail of a regular gear-lever, it is best operated using the nifty steering wheel paddles. 

Performance

It achieves 0-100kmph in 3.4 seconds (3.9 for the manual) and a top speed of 198mph – again, similar to the 991.2 GT3. What has changed, though, is the introduction of individual throttle bodies. Six, to be precise – delivering increased engine response (not that it was lacking in that department) and, believe it or not, slightly improved emissions, says Porsche. 

Reliability

Porsche’s recent reliability record is very good and all new Porsche models come with a three year new car warranty and three years Porsche Assistance Cover.

Running Costs

If you are reading this then maybe the Porsche 911 is not for you. Having said that, the aerodynamics succeed in making this supercar as fuel efficient as you could possibly expect from such a machine. 

Handling

The 911 GT3 comes wrapped in Michelin 255/35 and 315/30 front/rear which are as good as anything this side of full-blown racing slicks you are likely to get. It is difficult to think of another car that handles and grips the way this does. With the wing in performance aero setting, it generates a mammoth 385kg of downforce. 

Safety

The 2021 Porsche 911 GT3 comes with a wide range of standard safety equipment and was awarded a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. 

Summary

Exterior
80%
Interior
90%
Performance
80%
Reliability
90%
Running Costs
70%
Handling
90%
Safety
100%

The 911 GT3 is equally devastating on the road as on the track with the 992-era model suggesting that the game is not up yet. The engine is a naturally aspirated 4.0 litre that has little enough in common with the unit found in the rest of the 992 range and actually has much more in common with Porsche’s GT3 Cup racing car. Power increases to 503bhp with 347lb ft of torque which is more than enough.