2022 Porsche 911 GT3: Step on the Gas (While It Lasts)
The GT3, a barely street-legal track toy, boasts Porsche’s third-most powerful internal combustion engine on the 911 platform—the last the company will electrify. Dan Neil takes it for a spin.
WING OF DESIRE The 2022 Porsche GT3 incorporates aerodynamic features from the Le Mans-winning 911 RSR, including a functional underbody diffuser and compound-element rear wing mounted on swan-neck pylons.
By June 17, 2021 1:38 pm ET
GOD IS MY co-pilot but Patrick Long was my navigator.
The Porsche factory driver and Le Mans winner was leading me around the Road Atlanta race circuit last week, he in a Porsche 911 Turbo S and I in the latest, most luminous version of the 911 GT3—a saber-sharp track toy that still manages to be road legal. It was a gorgeous day in June and, for the moment, it was just the two of us, over hill and dale, in a high-speed paso doble. This car fits me like matador pants.
Mr. Long’s car was faster and more powerful but mine made a prettier sound. The GT3 employs the naturally aspirated 4.0-liter, 502-hp voicebox plucked from the chest of the Porsche Cup racing car, with a 9,000 rpm redline and all the octaves, ever. The free-breather isn’t the most powerful engine in the catalog—that would be the 640-hp unit in Mr. Long’s Turbo S—but it’s the one most likely to have you verklempt by the second act.
Also, Mr. Long said, the GT3’s race-bred chassis should “eat the Turbo S up in the corners.” Perhaps. For most of my minutes on track, I was grim-faced and queasy, in survival mode, target-fixated on the Turbo S’s quad exhaust outlets. Mr. Long patiently waited for my slow ass.
While not trying to alarm anyone, Porsche’s U.S. press representatives noted that the Shark Blue GT3 ($197,670) we were driving was on loan from their German colleagues, who expected it back soon and in good order, please. So don’t bend the fenders.