2021 Porsche 911 GT3 review: Downforce majeure

Lighter, more accurate and with improved aerodynamics, the 911 GT3 is fast in, fast out, fast everywhere, says Andrew Frankel

Porsche 911 GT3 rear

A new rear wing, with elegant swan neck mounts and large slats, helps produce 385kg of downforce

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It will not have escaped your attention that fast car manufacturers are engaged in a seemingly endless, futile and entirely counterproductive power struggle. Porsche is as guilty as anyone, but not its Motorsport department, responsible for its GT series cars. The engineers who work there beg to differ.

Which is why this new 911 GT3 has a grand total of 10bhp more than the last, not enough to shave so much as a tenth off its 0-60mph time. Then again, if what you want is a normally aspirated engine producing around 500bhp from a 4-litre capacity, that’s the price you pay. The reward is a motor that is internally identical to that in the Carrera Cup racing car, revs to 9000bhp and makes a noise of which a modern V8 Ferrari or McLaren could only dream.

Instead Porsche has chosen to make the GT3 not only faster – think 18 seconds around the Nürburgring faster – but better to drive fast too. There is the usual obsessive attention to weight loss. The additional mass of the 992 series bodyshell and its GT3-specific aero addenda are almost completely offset by weight saved in the exhaust, battery, bonnet, glass, rear deck, engine mounts, engine internals, wheels and sound deadening material.