What happens when you take an already incredible sports car and turn it into a special supercar version that weighs less and has more power? You get the Porsche 911 GT3. The automaker has been creating special GT versions of their venerable 911 for a while now, and each one has been a marvel. The 2010 model is no exception.
In order to create the GT3 model of the 911, Porsche engineers go over every single part of the base car with a fine tooth comb. And they do mean every part. For example, the flat-six engine saw a displacement increase from 3.6-liters to 3.8-liters, a boring out that necessitated stronger linings, which added weight. Not content to let the measly extra 7 pounds just slide, the design team went through every single part of the engine and made refinements to drop the weight. The result? A stronger engine that weighs over 2 pounds less than the original.
2 pounds may seem like small potatoes, but when the same philosophy that eliminated that weight is applied to the entire vehicle, the results are staggering. The final power output is 435 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque, all wrapped in a car that weighs only 3,100 pounds. And if you go for the high-performance ceramic brakes option, you can drop another 10 pounds. Top speed is 195 mph, and the 0-to-60 time is 4 seconds flat.
The 2010 911 GT3 is going to sell for $113,150, and if you’re looking only at the numbers, that may seem overpriced when compared to other speedsters like the new Nissan GT-R. Well, it all depends on the driving experience that you want to have. The GT3 is nimble, yet firm, and the traditional rear-wheel drive setup is a different animal completely than the Nissan’s AWD system. The interior of the Porsche is also a lot nicer. The German automaker has had a lot of experience producing cars that are not only a blast to drive, but are comfortable enough that you don’t need medical attention if you sit in one for longer than a few hours.