The 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 was revealed yesterday and it came with a few surprises that made Porsche purists very, very happy. Sure, we’re a bit late to the party on this, but that doesn’t mean this car isn’t worth talking about. In fact it is quite the opposite.
During a time that has been well, pretty stale in terms of performance car news, a brand new 911 GT3 is definitely something worth discussing! So, even though there is already a bajillion breakdowns of the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 on the internet already, we’re still going to add another one. Deal with it!
If you’re not much of a Porsche person, you might be wondering why a new 911 GT3 is such a big deal in the first place. In short, the “GT3” models of 911 have always been Porsche’s sneaky way of basically making their race cars street legal. Their engineers get right up to the edge of what’s allowable on the road and put a price tag on it. What little they hold back, generally ends up on a GT3 RS model a bit later.
So, to sum it up this 911 GT3 is Porsche’s first growling, snarling beast for the 2022 model year. Now, let’s talk about what’s new.
2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Engine and Transmission
Remember a little while ago when we mentioned that GT3 models are basically street legal race cars? Well in the case of the new 911 GT3’s engine, that notion is quite literal. The 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 has the same 4.0 liter flat-six engine found in the current 911 GT3 Cup race car. Yes, literally, the same engine. In the GT3 road car, the engine pumps out 502 horsepower and 346 ft-lbs of torque with a redline of 9,000 rpm. Though the tachometer actually goes all the way up to 10,000 rpm because why not?
To make the engine as responsive as possible the engine is equipped with a set of individual throttle bodies. No doubt that this car likely makes glorious noises due to that fact.
The pistons have also been reworked exclusively for this car and the engine features the obligatory dry-sump lubrication system to keep things running smoothly at those lofty rpms.
Alright, so this is the part that got all the hardcore fans excited. While the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 comes standard with Porsche’s signature PDK transmission, a six-speed manual transmission will be available as an option.
Yes, rejoice all ye who delight in rowing your own gears! The 911 GT3 has a manual once again!
2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Aerodynamics
There are two stories when it comes to the exterior of the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3. The first is its size and weight savings and the second is the tweaks made to the aerodynamic design.
We’ll start with the diet. The new 911 GT3 is slightly larger than a base 911 Carrera. For example, the front track width on the 911 GT3 is 1.9 inches wider. Yet, the total weight of the 911 GT3 is nearly the same as the previous GT3 model. This is due in large part to liberal use of light weight materials on several body components.
The hood, rear wing, and deck spoiler are all made from CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic). Additionally a carbon fiber roof is available as an option to save even more weight. Though that is not where the weight trimming ends but we’ll get to that later.
Aerodynamically, this car has the balance between adjustability, efficiency, and increased downforce that most would expect from a GT3 model. The new end has integrated cooling ducts and an adjustable front splitter and adjustable front diffuser which according to Porsche can be set up in different “stages”. We would venture that is to make things a little bit easier for the end user so that they won’t need to have a PhD in fluid dynamics to decide what settings to use.
The side skirts have been specifically shaped to “optimize air flow” around the wheels. Though we’re definitely not aero-dynamists so we’re not sure if optimizing air flow around the wheels is a matter of cooling or reducing “dirty” air from the corners. If any of you out there knows, feel free to enlighten us in the comments.
The most obvious aerodynamic piece is the big honkin’ wing in the rear of the 911 GT3. The rear wing features “swan-neck” connectors for support. The rear wing features similar “stage” adjustments as the front aero. There are prescribed stages for rear wing adjustment, some meant for on-road use and some meant for track-only affairs.
The track specific rear wing settings are capable of providing an 150 percent increase in downforce over the previous GT3 model.
2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Suspension, Wheels and Brakes
The biggest change for the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 is the fact that there is no longer a MacPherson strut suspension set up in the front. It has been replaced with a true double-wishbone suspension system which was derived from the Porsche 911 RSR and GT3 Cup race cars but adapted for on-road use. This is the first time a front-end double wishbone set up is equipped on a GT3 road car in Porsche history. So yeah, it’s a big deal.
A double wishbone set up out front should translate to much better steering response, cornering speed, and cornering stability. In other words, it will help drivers feel much more confident when attacking turns.
The rear of the car features a multi-link suspension set up as used in previous cars but the amount of ball joints has been increased. Porsche also made sure to note that the 2022 911 GT3 doesn’t share any suspension parts with the 911 Carrera.
Stopping the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 are 408mm cast iron discs in the front which is an increase of 28mm over the previous GT3. The front discs are actually the same size as the discs used in the 911 turbo but the GT3 rotors are 17 percent lighter due to “a narrower friction ring”.
As an option Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) are available for an additional cost (AKA for the ballers). The PCCB rotors are 410mm but are 50 percent lighter than iron rotors of the same size. The ceramic composite material make the PCCB rotors much better at managing heat as well.
Covering up the brakes are a set of forged wheels exclusive to the GT3. The wheels are staggered with 20 x 9.5″ rollers up front and 21 x 12″ wheels in the back. Standard rubber comes by way of 255/35ZR 20 tires up front and 315/30 ZR 21 tires in the rear. The standard tires are made with a “ultra high-performance summer” compound. However, Porsche will make their special “street legal race tires” available for the first time on a GT3. Previously those tires were only available for GT3 RS models.
it should also be noted that those “street legal race tires” are the same ones used for the 2022 GT3’s record Nürburgring-Nordschleife lap of 6:59.927 minutes.
2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Interior
The inside of the new 911 GT3 looks pretty much as one might expect in a road going race car. There is “Race-tex” (similar to alcantara) upholstery everywhere, a 360mm multi-functional steering wheel, and bucket seats.
Naturally, lightweight carbon fiber bucket seats are available as an option. Also, the “rear seats” (ha!) can be deleted in favor of a roll cage as part of a “club sport” package, though it is unclear if that option will be available in the United States (probably not).
When it comes to gadgets, the Sport Chrono package returns and features all of the bits from before including digital and analog stopwatches, and lap trigger support.
There is also a new feature which Porsche has dubbed the “Track Screen”. The Track Screen function basically turns off any non-essential information displayed while driving on track.
2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Availability and Pricing
The new Porsche 911 GT3 is expected to hit dealerships this fall (2021) as a 2022 model. While no official MSRP has been announced yet, we think it’s safe to expect the price to sit very comfortably in the $200k zone.
Well, there you have it. Now that you know just about everything you need to about the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3, what do you think? Are you excited about the manual transmission? Or do you prefer the PDK? What do you think of the styling and aero?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or tweet to us at MotorworldHype. For a better look, check out the official gallery below and watch the launch video.
2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Launch video
2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Photo gallery