Porsche 996 based 911 GT3

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Porsche 996 based 911 GT3

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Porsche 996 based 911 GT3

Porsche 911 GT3

Porsche GT3

The Porsche 911 GT3, which is not to be confused with the other 2005 Porsche 911 since it is based on the “old” Porsche 996 platform, enters '05 as the most powerful naturally

Porsche 911 GT3

The Porsche 911 GT3, which is not to be confused with the other 2005 Porsche 911 since it is based on the “old” Porsche 996 platform, enters '05 as the most powerful naturally aspirated Porsche 911 in Porsche's lineup. Under the rear hood resides the corporate 3.6-liter flat-six engine, which makes 380 hp and 285 lb-ft of torque. All 385 ponies are sent to the rear-wheels only via a standard six-speed manual, and thus weighs about 200 pounds less that it's sibling, the Porsche 911 Carrera.

Zero to 60 comes in roughly four to four and a half seconds, and top speed is a claimed 190 mph. If your idea of a fun weekend is to thrash your 911 at a track day, then put the new Porsche 911 GT3 at the top of your wish list. After driving the Porsche 911 GT3, we described it as "the hairiest of the non-turbo Porsche 911s" and "tuned more for racetrack driving dynamics than on-road comfort."

Indeed, the Porsche 911 GT3 shares its stiff suspension with the mighty Porsche 911 GT2, making it "too stiff for anyone who isn't surrounded by smoothly paved roads." Possibly more pleasing than the scoot is the engine's sound, which we described as "enthralling and mesmerizing." The Porsche GT3 comes with a fixed rear wing, special 18-inch wheels and sport seats, and no back seat. . The Porsche GT3 makes its way into 2005 unchanged.

Base price: $100,695
Vehicle type: rear-engine, rear-drive; 2-door 2-passenger coupe
Interior volume, F/R/cargo (cu ft) 47/NA/5
Wheelbase 92.7 in
Length/width/height 174.6/69.7/50.0 in
Turning circle 34.8 ft
Curb weight 3043 lb
EPA city/hwy mpg 15/23
Fuel-tank capacity/range 16.6 gal/249 mi
Passive restraints driver and passenger front and side airbags

POWERTRAIN
3.6-liter DOHC 24-valve flat-6; 380 hp; 284 lb-ft; 6-sp man

SUSPENSION
F ind, struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar
R ind, multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar

BRAKES
F/R vented, cross-drilled disc/vented, cross-drilled disc
ABS standard



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