We drove a $152,000 Porsche 911 GT3 to see if it's still the greatest sports car of all time — here's the verdict

Porsche 911 GT3 991.2

  • The Porsche 911 is arguably the most successful sports car in automotive history.
  • The 911 is both a perennial winner on the race track and a hot seller in the showrooms.
  • In 2017, Porsche sold more than 32,000 911s around the world. 
  • The 911 GT3 is a road-going track-focused version of Porsche’s flagship sports car.
  • The base Porsche 911 Carrera starts at $91,100, while the 911 GT3 starts at $143,600. With a few options and fees, our test car came to a price of $152,110.
  • We were impressed by the Porsche 911 GT3’s power, driving dynamics, and race-car-like looks.

The Porsche 911 is arguably the most successful sports car in automotive history. In the five decades since its debut in 1962, the 911 has not only been a perennial contender on the track but also a force to be reckoned with in the showroom.

In 2017, Porsche sold more than 32,000 of its flagship sports cars around the world which certainly helped the company achieve a profit margin of 17.6% — a jaw-dropping figure for an industry notorious for its razor-thin margins. 

Of the nearly two dozen varieties of the 911 offered for sale in the US, the model that truly brings together the race track and the showroom is the GT3.

The GT3, named after the FIA’s eponymous sports car racing category, debuted as an official 911 variant in 1999 with the introduction of the water-cooled 996 generation Porsche 911. However, US consumers weren’t able to get their hands on the model until 2006. 

Business Insider had the chance to spend a few days behind the wheel of a 2018 991.2 generation Porsche 911 GT3 on the roads around the Atlanta, Georgia. The home of Porsche Cars North America.

The base 911 Carrera starts at $91,100 while the GT3 starts at $143,600. With options and fees, our car carried an as-tested price of $152,110. In case you’re curious, the priciest variant of the Porsche 911 is the 700 horsepower GT2 RS which costs $293,200. 

Here’s a closer look at the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3. 

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Here it is! The 2018 Porsche 911 GT3.

It’s named after the FIA’s GT3 sports car racing category in which the Porsche 911 competes.

As a result, it’s designed to be a sort of 911 race car of the road.

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Source: Business insider

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