New Porsche 911 GT3 to make world debut in Geneva



    
    2010 model deploys improved aerodynamics, active suspension and
    active engine mounts to further elevate performance on road and track
    

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - Porsche AG will launch the most
powerful, fastest and most refined 911 GT3 ever at the Geneva Motor Show on
March 3, 2009. The normally-aspirated GT3 is the latest addition to the new
911 series and applies a wide range of know-how gained in motorsport - making
it truly impressive not only on the road, but also on the racetrack.
    The 911 GT3 achieves higher standards in two key areas: performance and
driving dynamics. Thanks to an increase in engine capacity to 3.8 litres and
the fact that both the intake and, for the first time, the exhaust camshafts
are adjusted by VarioCam, the naturally-aspirated six-cylinder power unit
develops 435 bhp, up 20 bhp over its predecessor.
    Through its upgraded power and performance, the boxer engine also offers
a significant increase in torque at medium engine speeds, which is
particularly significant in everyday motoring. Performance is accordingly
improved; the new GT3 accelerates to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds and reaches 160
km/h in just 8.2 seconds. Top track speed is 312 km/h.
    The car's driving dynamics are also significantly improved; the new GT3
offers even better grip and stability. Porsche Active Suspension Management
(PASM) has enabled Porsche's engineers to make the springs and anti-roll bars
stiffer, thus ensuring even more precise handling in sport mode, while
retaining appropriate roll comfort suitable for everyday use in normal mode.
For the first time, the 911 GT3 also comes with a particularly sporting setup
of Porsche Stability Management (PSM), offering the option to deactivate both
stability control and traction control in separate steps.
    At high speeds, specific modifications of the car's aerodynamics have
increased downforce both front and rear to such an extent that the overall
pressure pushing down the car is more than twice that of the former model. At
the same time, the new aerodynamics package, with larger vents in both the
front and rear bumpers, gives the GT3 a brand-new look, accentuated by
bi-xenon headlights, LED rear light clusters and modified air intakes and
outlets. New, lighter wheels with central wheel locks and ultra-high
performance tires feature tire pressure control and round off the functional
and visual enhancement of the GT3.
    With driving dynamics and performance at an even higher level, the brake
system, following an old Porsche tradition, has been enhanced accordingly. The
brake discs are now larger and feature an aluminum cover to reduce weight even
further. Further improvement of brake ventilation ensures an even higher level
of brake power over long periods. The GT3 can also be equipped with PCCB
ceramic brakes, developed specifically for this model.
    Starting in autumn, the new GT3 will be available with an option to
further enhance its performance on the track: new and highly innovative
Porsche Active Drivetrain Mount (PADM) engine bearings. These special engine
mounts recognize when the car is being driven in a sporting manner, stiffening
the normally elastic engine suspension. This retains comfort in everyday
traffic, while on-track, the car is not affected by mass forces coming from
the engine, as would otherwise be the case in fast bends and on winding
tracks. A further advantage is improved traction when accelerating from a
standstill.
    Also available is a new lift system for the front axle able to raise the
ground clearance of the car for driving on bumpy surfaces or steep gradients -
for example, an underground garage. The touch of a button raises the front
ride height by 30 mm.
    The 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 will go on sale at Canadian dealerships in
October at a price of $138,100.

    Note: Images of the new Porsche 911 GT3 are available to accredited
journalists in the Porsche Press Database at http://presse.porsche.de.

    
    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at http://photos.newswire.ca.
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/
    





For further information:

For further information: Laurance Yap, Manager, Public Relations, (905)
219-2195, laurance.yap@porsche.ca

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