The interior of this GT3 is fitted with Natural Dark Gray leather and Alcantara that is accented with yellow deviated stitching throughout. Fitted with power-adjustable sport seats, this GT3 is perfect for the enthusiast who wants to use their car more frequently and doesn’t want to have to put up with climbing in and out of Porsche’s more extreme hardback bucket seats. Interior carbon fiber has been fitted on the center console, shifter, and hand brake lever- this is a great-looking option and adds more sporting visuals to the interior. Much of the money spent on options in this car was on extended leather, which covers the glove box, wraps onto the dashboard, and sits on the top of the door cards.
Powering this GT3 is a 3.6-liter Mezger Flat-6 rated from the factory at 409 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. The Mezger engine is well known for its durability and racing lineage, tracing its design back to the engine found in the 1998 LeMans winning GT1 race car. Connected to a mandatory 6-speed manual gearbox, this car was capable of 0-60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and a top speed in excess of 190 mph. During the 997 GT3 run, this engine grew from 3.6 to 3.8 and finally to 4.0 liters, but many enthusiasts cite the 3.6-liter unit as the one that revs the best and offers the most visceral racecar-like feeling.
In the never-ending pursuit of track performance, the GT3 has become faster, grippier, and more aerodynamic, but for the driving enthusiast, not necessarily better. The 997.1 GT3 is a sweet spot that strikes a perfect balance of size, power, and handling, which makes it one of the most fun road cars Porsche has ever produced.
When the second generation GT3 debuted in February 2006, it took Porsche’s track-focused road car from something only purchased by the most die-hard enthusiasts and turned it into one of the most desirable models in the brand’s lineup. This variant built off the 997 chassis had the updated body style that was immediately a classic and remains one of the most coveted in the history of the 911. With a unique front fascia and large fixed rear wing, the 997 GT3 featured what Porsche referred to as “Zero Lift” aerodynamics- intimating that the car creates only downforce to keep the car stuck to the road at speed. Additionally, it was the first GT3 that was fitted with Porsche’s new PASM active suspension system, which meant that it was not only better on track, but much more comfortable to use on the road.