2012 Porsche 911 GT3 R: details, photos, specs and price

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 8, 2011

A new incarnation (991) of the Porsche 911 will appear at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It would be sad to see the 997, the current generation of the car, go away but Porsche has decided to keep fans happy by offering the 2012 911 GT3 R. This car will come with numerous upgrades and can be driven on the track.

At the back of the racer, we could see that the 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine comes with an optimized air intake and produces 20hp more for a total of 500hp.

Furthermore, Porsche upgraded its six-speed sequential gearbox, which responds to the driver through paddle shifters fitted on the steering wheel. As a result, it can now change more quickly.

Porsche has also reduced its understeer and so, the car now features a softer anti-roll bar for the front axle. Deliveries will begin this November. It has a price tag of EUR304,500 (equivalent to $434,000), exclusive of VAT.

At a closer inspection, the latest version of the Porsche 911 Carrera sports car has had nearly 90 percent of its components redesigned or redeveloped. As designed and developed, the new Porsche 911 Carrera has managed to set new standards in Porsche Intelligent Performance with its aluminum-steel lightweight body, its new components and functions, drivetrain efficiencies and new suspension systems.

All of these contribute to the new model’s driving dynamics while lowering its fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by up to 16 percent. Compared to the previous generation, the new Porsche 911 Carrera has a wheelbase and an overall length that are 100 mm (3.94 inch) and 56 mm (2.20 inch) longer, respectively. Its overhangs are also shorter by 32 mm (1.26 inch) on the front and 12 mm (0.47 inch) at the rear. While the roofline of the new 911 Carrera is 7 mm lower than that of the previous model (around six mm than that of the Carrera S), its maximum headroom remains the same.

Furthermore, the Coupé versions with a sunroof have headroom that is higher by 15 mm. Among sports car models in its class, the new 911 Carrera could be the most compact, thanks to its length of under 4.5 meters (176.81 inches) and width of 1.8 meters (71.18 inches).

The changes in the latest generation of the Porsche 911 Carrera sports car are easily perceptible. For instance, the new Porsche 911 Carrera now has larger alloy wheels and a more convex windscreen, which further defines its coupé-like character.

Its revised front end has been made wider and is now marked by new headlights and larger side air intakes. On the rear, the new 911 Carrera is given redesigned, narrower LED lights as well as a wider, variably extending rear spoiler that along a number of optimizations, could lower aerodynamic lift while allowing the car to maintain a good coefficient of drag value.

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Race car for customer sport now with even better driveability

Amongst racing customers all over the world, the Porsche 911 GT3 R is extremely popular for its forgiving handling and basic speed. And it is exactly in this direction that the improvements for the 2012 model year have been targeted.

The engine output has increased by 20 hp to now deliver 500 hp (368 kW). Paddle-shifts on the steering wheel ensure gear changes are even quicker and simpler, making it easier for pilots to concentrate on braking. Moreover, the transmission electronics, featuring an automatic throttle blip control, make it almost impossible to miss a gear and over-rev the engine. A softer anti-roll bar on the front axle reduces understeer.

The power increase of the four-litre, six-cylinder flat engine in the rear was achieved through optimisation of the intake system. The gearing of the sequential six-speed dog-type gearbox was adapted to the higher maximum output. In order to bring the power to the tarmac safely and to assist race drivers, the 911 GT3 R has featured a sophisticated ex-works traction control since the 2010 model year. An efficient race-ABS assists braking.

The new Porsche 911 GT3 R will be delivered to teams around the world from November 2011. The vehicle costs 304,500 Euro plus the value added tax of respective countries. The Porsche 911 GT3 R from the 2010 and 2011 model years can be upgraded to the 2012-spec. An upgrade kit is available from Porsche Motorsport for 43,100 Euro.

The 911 GT3 R represents the mid-range of Porsche's customer racing vehicles. The 911 GT3 Cup, as the top-selling race car in the world, serves as the basis. Ranking above the 911 GT3 R is the 911 GT3 RSR, built for GT2 racing, which competes in series like the American Le Mans Series, the Le Mans Series and at the Le Mans 24 hour race.

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