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2017 NYIAS: 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Gets 500-hp

Porsche showed up to the 2017 New York Auto Show with quite a display – however, one of the most exciting debuts from the German sports car maker was the new 2018 Porsche 911 GT3. One of the most extreme levels in the 911 lineup, the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 is built on the same production as all 911 GT3 Cup racecars.

So what’s new for the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3? Well, other than the visual changes you see in the pictures, the new model is powered by a 4.0 liter flat-six engine which produces 500 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque. The reworked chassis with rear axle steering and lightweight construction is specifically tuned for this model to provide some exciting driving capabilities.

Mated standard to a seven-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission, the 2018 Porsche 91 GT3 has the ability to run from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 197 mph. Porsche does offer a six-speed manual transmission, but that transmission switches up the performance figures to 3.8 seconds for the 0 to 60 mph run with a top speed of 198 mph.

“Visually, the lightweight carbon fiber rear wing reinforces the fact that the design of the car is driven by aerodynamics,” Porsche said in a statement. “The lightweight front fascia and the front spoiler are designed for optimum airflow. The rear end with exhaust air openings and a new diffusor also contribute to the overall aerodynamic efficiency.”

The interior of the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 comes standard with the Porsche Communication Management (with navigation) and the Connect Plus Module which includes Apple CarPlay and the Porsche Track Precision App.

The 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 will go on sale in the United States in fall of 2017 with prices starting over $140,000, which do not include taxes, delivery, processing, handling, or dealer fees.

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