Porsche raised the ante once more when it updated the 997 GT3 for 2009.
The new car incorporated the revisions common to the rest of the 997 range, including LED rear lights and front driving lights.
However, the big news was in the engine compartment. The capacity was raised from 3.6 to 3.8-litres and the power went up 2-bhp to 435bhp. This translated to a 0-62mph time of 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 193mph, while fuel consumption and emissions decreased.
The car’s aerodynamics were impressed with a larger rear wing that had scoops below to ram air into the engine. Downforce more than doubled thanks to the wing and an improved front spoiler, thus helping improve handling and stability.
For the first time the 997 GT3 came with PSM (Porsche Stability Management). However, this was set up so that the driver could deactivate Stability Control and Traction Control separately, and once they were off they remained off, even if the car was pushed to the limit.
Compression ratio: 12.0:1
Maximum power: 435bhp at 7600rpm
Maximum torque: 430Nm at 6250rpm
Brakes: Front: 380mm discs; rear: 350mm discs. Servo assisted with ABS and PSM. PCCB optional
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 997 GT3’s ‘3.8’ markings on the ends of the rear wing hark back to those on the 964 Carrera RS 3.8 of 1993.