The 2014 Porsche 911 is am improved version of the Porsche 911, and the latest in a line of high-performance models. The first Porsche GT was named after the GT3 European Championship, and the new model is worthy of the badge. Andreas Preuninger, the man who led the team responsible for the latest GT 3, decided to offer the car only with a PDK transmission, and although the enthusiasts were revolted, he has a good reason. Preuninger said that although Porsche likes manual shifting, they also want to be the fastest. A manual transmission no longer has advantages in shift times and fuel economy, so we will not question this decision. The price will start at $131,350.
The 2014 Porsche 911 GT 3 has a new engine capable of generating power through revving into the lower stratosphere, while meeting tougher emissions standards. The water-cooled six-cylinder boxer engine produces 475 horsepower at 8250 rpm, with a maximum limit set at 9000 rpm. This beast with aluminum engine block and cylinder heads has hydraulic valve clearance, a three-way catalytic
converter per cylinder bank, electronic ignition with solid ignition distribution and direct fuel injection.
The seven-speed dual-clutch PDK automatic sets the new 2014 Porsche 911 GT 3 apart from the previous GT 3 model offered only with manual transmission. It inclusion seems right, as it provides superior performance on the track. The dual-clutch auto can be set on one of the two modes of operation, racetrack and sport. Because its gear ratios are more closely spaces, its ratio spread is 4.5.
However, the most radical departure for the new GT 3 is in the steering department. A new electric-assist unit based on the standard Carrera’s replaces the old, beautiful steering. Moreover, the 2014 Porsche 911 GT 3 has a four-wheel-steering arrangement, using two actuators to steer the rear wheels up to 1.5 degrees. At a speed higher than 50 mph, the wheels change course and point in the same direction as the front wheels, thus offering more stability in high-speed cornering. Below 30 mph, the wheels improve maneuverability by steering in the opposite direction.
Although the rear and the front wheels are 20-inches in diameter, larger than those equipped on its predecessor, they are in fact lighter. The center-lock wheels are paired with a suspension similar to that on the standard Carrera, although the springs are stiffer. A standard Porsche Active Suspension Management system has firmer damper settings. Besides rear steering, the new 2014 Porsche 911 GT 3 gets active auto-stiffening engine mounts and torque-vectoring system. However, the steering is easy and you don’t have to select separate programs for engine map or weight. The car gives almost a perfect feedback through its trimmed steering wheel and has seemingly impossible levels of grip. The combination of PDK shifting, naturally aspirated power and absolute stability make this Porsche a winner.