The new Porsche 911 GT3 launched in Malaysia – PDK or manual?

The facelifted Porsche 911 GT3 has arrived in Malaysia and now you get the option of changing gears yourself, at no additional cost, although as standard, the 991.2 GT3 will come with a 7-speed double clutch PDK transmission.

With the quick-shifting PDK transmission, 0 to 100 km/h will take a brisk 3.4 seconds, much like the RM 1 million Mercedes-Benz E-Class launched recently while with the 6-speed manual, still a breeze within 3.9 seconds.

Power comes from the 4.0-litre naturally-aspirated flat-six, up from 3.8-litre, taken from the outgoing 911 GT3 RS. Output has increased to 500 hp with 460 Nm of torque and they’re all sent to the rear wheels only. The manual variant’s top speed of 320 km/h pips the PDK’s by just 2 km/h.

Stopping power is provided by 6-pot calipers in the front and a 4-pot pair at the back, clamping on 380mm crossed-drilled rotors. Hiding the brake system are 20-inch rims wrapped in Michellin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.

The 991.2 GT3 sits 25mm close to the ground in compared to a standard issue 911 Carrera S and features active rear-axle steering, with an aim to improve the agility of the car. It’s dynamic engine mounts and rear differential lock is another contributing factor to the GT3’s supreme handling.

Its lightweight front end and front spoiler have been optimised for an even better airflow. Aerodynamic enhancements also extend to the rear with with exhaust air openings and evidently in the rear diffuser.

Inside, the GT sports steering comes from a 918 Spyder in an interior that features Porsche’s Sports Seats Plus with enhanced rib support where its height and backrests are electronically-adjustable.

As it is just two-seater by default, the rear seat pans are covered, occupied primarily by the roll-cage which takes centre stage in a driver-focused interior.

On-board features include the Porsche Communication Management (PCM), Connect Plus alongside Apple Car Play and a BOSE surround sound system.

Elsewhere, keeping the GT3 planted with optimum traction are Porsche’s Active Suspension Management (PASM), Porsche Stability Management (PSM) and the Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus).

Retail price of the new facelifted 911 GT3 begins from RM 1.7 million excluding insurance.



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