Born In The Heart of Porsche Motorsports!
January 17, 2018
The '18 GT3 is my 6th Porsche in the past 20 years with the last three purchased at Circle Porsche in Long Beach, CA. Every car has been at the leading edge of sports car development in its era. Completely reliable, responsive in power delivery and handling with racing experience ingrained in these cars' design and engineering.
The GT3 is my first "GT" Porsche, that is a 911 with a direct connection to Porsche Motorsports. The 4.0L engine is derived from engine used in racing and suspension architecture is based on race and GT RS versions. I have the carbon fiber racing bucket seats, which are very comfortable. With the PASM setting in normal mode, the ride is stiff (as would be expected in cars like this) but not uncomfortable.
The highlight of the ownership experience is driving and this car is a daily driver. Although torque is less than my previous Turbo and Turbo S, the engine winds so quickly and the gear ratios (I have PDK) are close enough that acceleration is and feels quick. And that howl that grows as one crosses about 3,200 RPM is intoxicating. Also terrific is hearing the drivetrain in action - I can swear that I hear individual pistons reciprocating! The handling is phenomenal. It seems impossible to get the car out of shape.
Early on, I was an SCCA volunteer at races ranging from SCCA classes to Can-Am and TransAM. Having a car that is closely associated with motorsports means a lot to me. I love 911s and I love Boxsters. There isn't a car or SUV in the Porsche line that I wouldn't recommend; it's all a matter of one's intended primary use of the car, desire for new vs. pre-owned and, of course, budget!