New Porsche 911 GT3 launched in Malaysia

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New Porsche 911 GT3 launched in Malaysia

Postby admin » Thu Aug 21, 2014 8:19 am

KUALA LUMPUR: The fifth-generation Porsche 911 GT3 is now available in Malaysia at a base price that starts from RM1.23mil.

The new 911 GT3 has a 3.8-litre six-cylinder boxer engine that outputs 475hp at 8,250rpm and 440Nm at 6,250rpm.

It uses a 7-speed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK) and a high-traction rear-wheel drive.

With a power-to-weight ratio of 3.0 kg/hp and the ability to reach a top speed of 315 km/h, the new 911 GT3 accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in a mere 3.5 seconds and 200 km/h is reached under 12 seconds.

The top speed is 315 km/h in the seventh, top gear of the PDK transmission.

Additionally for the first time, Porsche is using active rear-wheel steering.

Depending on the speed, the system steers in the opposite or the same direction as the front wheels, resulting in improved agility and stability.

The new 911 GT3 was launched recently at Sepang International Circuit by Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) chief executive officer Arnt Bayer and Porsche Carrera Cup Asia race drivers Earl Bamber and Alif Hamdan in conjunction with Rounds 8 and 9 of the race.

SDAP is the authorised importer of Porsche vehicles in Malaysia.

“Motorsports has always been in the DNA of Porsche and every Porsche has a race car at its heart. Since 1963, the 911 has been the icon of the Porsche brand and it represents all that Porsche stands for, exhilarating high-performance driving brought to life in roadworthy cars for everyday enjoyment. The new 911 GT3 delivers those very
qualities at an even higher level than before," said Bayer.

The 911 GT3 is based on the light, yet stiff body of the current-generation 911 Carrera in hybrid steel-aluminium construction.

Its PDK is the fastest and most powerful that Porsche uses for a production vehicle, and specially developed with characteristics that are directly based on a sequential gearbox from motor racing.

The PDK in the 911 GT3 also has a “paddle neutral” function.

If the driver pulls both shift paddles concurrently, the clutches of the PDK are opened and the force flow between engine and powertrain is interrupted.

If both shift paddles are released again, the clutch closes with lighting speed.

Advantages include better control: if the vehicle understeers, for instance on a wet road in a curve, the driver can neutralise by pulling the paddles, thus, building up additional cornering force on the rear axle wheels.

Its new, 20-inch forged alloy wheels with central locking are used for optimal road contact.

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