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Under Eight Minutes

He's one of the few Walter Röhrl does it for: Putting on a helmet on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Why? Because since his introduction in 1999, the 911 GT3 has always been under the »helmet-mark« of eight minutes. Now one of the sportiest 911 celebrates his 20th anniversary.

Text: Alexander Morath & Marko Knab Photo: Porsche 07.08.2019 2 min

The 911 GT3 was developed by two gifted experts in the field: two times rally world champion Walter Röhrl and Roland Kussmaul, respected Porsche race engineer. Kussmaul was the man behind numerous victorious racing and rally Porsches. Their 911 GT3 was a road-approved sports car with race car credentials.

The adjustable chassis was 1.2 inches lower than the series production model. Constructed of thin glass, plastic and aluminum and with no comfort features of note, the GT3 only weighed in at 2,976 lbs. The brakes were generously proportioned with 13-inch brake discs. The 3.6-liter naturally aspirated engine delivered 100 hp per liter displacement and, thanks to its ultra-lightweight components, was a speed beast.

With a six-speed manual gearbox, the car could go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds. Included in the price of just under DM 180,000 was the Clubsport package, comprising a roll cage, fire extinguisher and main battery switch. Röhrl and Kussmaul gave their assurances that those with the skills could get the 911 GT3 round the Nürburgring Nordschleife in under eight minutes.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 911 GT3, we look back on the six generations of this high-performance sports car.

996.1 GT3

The first 911 GT3 starts out in 1996. Particularly striking: the curved spoiler, which provides more downforce than the standard model. Any similarities to the duck tail of the model Carrera RS 2.7 from the seventies: no coincidence, but full intention for the rightful successor.

996.2 GT3

2003 the GT3 makes its first big leap forward: New rear wing in ironing board look, as well as 381 instead of 360 hp thanks to variable camshaft control. This and a PCCB ceramic brake help the 996.2 GT3 to better performance.

997.1 GT3

Fast forward another three years and the GT3 switches to the chassis of the genration 997. In 2006 the a complete overhaul adds the active suspension PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management). And of course, the engine output also increases to 415 hp.

997.2 GT3

In 2009, the 997 is turned inside out: The engine grows to 3.8 liters capacity and its output increases to 435 hp, the underbody is now fully covered and the rear wing is also new. The result: More than twice as much downforce and even more power than its predecessor.

991.1 GT3

Big presents for the 50th birthday of the 911: In 2013 there was a completely new vehicle, the 991, which now delivers 475 horsepower. And these HP the GT3 sends trough a dual-clutch gearbox. The icing on the cake: Rear axle steering that makes the handling even better.

991.2 GT3

Last but not least: The 991.2 GT3. For the first time, the 500 hp mark falls. And in addition to cosmetic changes such as a new front bumper, an »old« innovation long awaited by purists is also being reintroduced: In addition to the double-clutch gearbox, the GT3 is again available in its true style with manual transmission.