Why Porsche ruled the world in 2013
And will prove a tough nut to crack in 2014, and beyond…
Posted: 29 Jan 2014
Then there's the engine itself. It's a reworked version of Porsche's 3.8-litre flat-six, and produces 469bhp at 8,250rpm, though it will keep revving until 9,000rpm. Blindingly fast - 0-62mph takes 3.5secs, top speed is 196mph - and blessed with monumental front- and rear-end grip, the GT3 is one of those cars that is made up of a whole series of magnificently optimised mechanical bits, yet somehow transcends them all. In the year that gave us the LaFerrari, P1 and 918, the 911 GT3 sets the new template for everything we look for in a truly spine-tingling high-performance car. It's a work of unutterable genius.
In fact, it's so ridiculously good it relegates the new Turbo S to the last paragraph. Unlike the über-tactile GT3, the new Turbo is more of a Veyron-annihilator - a 911 that just pummels all opposition into tiny little pieces. Its bi-turbo 3.8-litre engine produces 553bhp and the same amount of torques, and with four-wheel drive, this is almost certainly the fastest point-to-point real-world performance car, well, ever.