The 996 GT3 proved itself to be a great trackday weapon that could also be used on the road. Porsche, therefore, had a hard act to follow when it introduced the 997 GT3 in 2006.
The new car’s 3.6-litre engine was based on that of the previous GT3 but reworked with a higher compression ratio and higher rev limit to produce 415bhp – an incredible achievement for a normally aspirated engine.
This made the 997 GT3 a very fast car, with 0-62mph taking just 4.3 seconds before going on to a top speed of 193mph.
The handling was a stage on from the earlier GT3, too, thanks to lower and firmer suspension, compared to the standard 997. Purists were shocked that the GT3 came as standard with PASM, but this was reworked from the standard system, and worked very well in both Normal and Sport modes.
Based on the narrow-bodied Carrera, the 997 GT3 was aerodynamically honed to give an overall Cd of 0.29. More important, though, was the 10kg of downforce over the front axle and 25kg at the rear at 190mph. This had very real effect on high-speed stability.
Another high-speed benefit was offered by the air intakes atop the engine cover. These rammed air into the intake system to give a power boost of up to 20bhp.
Inside, the 997 GT3 offered creature comforts such as climate control, PCM and electric windows, but a sporty environment was created by the use of Alcantara trim and Sports seats. The rear seats were deleted. A no-cost optional Clubsport package added a roll-cage, red six-point driver’s harness, fire extinguisher with mounting bracket and preparation for a battery master switch. The Clubsport package was only available in conjunction with the optional lightweight carbonfibre bucket seats with fire-retardant coverings.
Compression ratio: 12.0:1
Maximum power: 415bhp at 7600rpm
Maximum torque: 405Nm at 5500rpm
Brakes: Front: 380mm discs; rear: 34mm discs. Servo assisted with ABS and PSM
Suspension: Front: Lower wishbones and MacPherson struts with combined coil springs and dampers, plus anti-roll bar
Rear: Multilink with combined coil springs and dampers, plus anti-roll bar
Wheels & tyres: Front: 19×8.5J with 235/35ZR19 tyres. Rear: 19x12J with 305/30ZR19 tyres
Top speed: 193mph
Did you know?
The GT3 badge first appeared in 1999 on the 996 version, and returned in 2003 as the MkII 996 version.