The 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 is as adept at cutting up race tracks as it is at making you feel like a hero on that one really good freeway on-ramp by your house. It isn’t the quickest, fastest, or most powerful version of the Porsche 911, but there’s an unrelenting tenacity — a real joie de vivre — that defines the Porsche 911 GT3 experience.

The 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 is also the only 992-generation 911 that doesn’t have a turbocharger; its naturally aspirated flat-six makes 502 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque. This means you can rev the ever-loving snot out of this engine and it’ll just keep egging you on.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

At the tail end of the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 is a familiar naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six that makes 502 horsepower. The engine is essentially identical to the one that powered the last 911 Speedster we tested, which spun to 9000 rpm and sang a hypnotic tune. The new Porsche 911 GT3 offers both a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (a.k.a. PDK) and a six-speed manual.

The PDK-equipped example we drove showcased the automatic’s intuitive behavior as well as the engine’s spirited responses and intoxicating soundtrack. The most notable performance upgrade on the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 is its control-arm front suspension, which is inspired by the racecar version and is a first for a production 911. Combine that with standard adaptive dampers and sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2–or stickier Cup R–tires and the coupe’s chassis provides tremendous cornering grip and unfiltered feedback.

While the ride is undeniably firm, it’s never punishing, and the electrically assisted steering is so divine that it deserves anointment as the best in the business. Period. Stopping the purist’s Porsche are massive binders that include a carbon-ceramic option that provides heroic braking power, easy modulation, and resists fade at the track.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

Neither the EPA nor Porsche have said how fuel-efficient the 2022 911 GT3 will be in the city or on the highway. Once those estimates are released and we have the opportunity to run one on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, we can evaluate its real-world mpg.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The 2022 Porsche 911 GT3‘s interior is very similar to the rest of the 911 lineup, with a clean design and simple layout that pays homage to past iterations of Porsche’s quintessential sports car. However, there are a handful of unique characteristics throughout the cabin. The Porsche 911 GT3’s gauge cluster still features a prominent analog tachometer flanked by digital displays, but it gets a specific GT mode that puts all important information directly on the displays surrounding the central tach.

Models with the automatic transmission also replace the stubby center-console shifter found on the regular 911s with a traditional-looking handle that mimics a manual shifter. As in the last GT3, there’s no cramped backseat for kiddos, but furbabies can snuggle in there if they can stand the noise. Porsche also offers more than one style of the front seat, with an optional set of lightweight buckets designed to reduce mass and increase support.

Infotainment and Connectivity

The infotainment system found on the regular 911 finds its way into the GT3 version. That means a 10.9-inch touchscreen inhabits the center of the dashboard and is supplemented by some physical controls on the steering wheel as well as on the center console. The 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 connectivity features include wireless Apple CarPlay and a Wi-Fi hotspot. There’s also an option to upgrade to a Bose stereo.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Driver-assistance technology is not part of the GT recipe, with backup sensors and traffic-sign recognition being the only options one might consider “assistance” features. For more information about the 911 GT3’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.

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 2022 Porsche 911 GT3

 2022 Porsche 911 GT3

 2022 Porsche 911 GT3

 2022 Porsche 911 GT3

 2022 Porsche 911 GT3

Full Specifications

2022 Porsche 911 GT3

VEHICLE TYPE
rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe

BASE PRICE
$163,500 (C/D est)

ENGINE TYPE
DOHC 24-valve flat-6, aluminum block, and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement
244 in3, 3996 cm3
Power
502 hp @ 8400 rpm
Torque
346 lb-ft @ 6100 rpm

TRANSMISSIONS
6-speed manual, 7-speed dual-clutch automatic

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 96.7 in
Length: 180.0 in
Width: 72.9 in
Height: 50.4 in
Cargo volume: 5 ft3
Curb weight (C/D est): 3300–3350 lb

PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
60 mph: 3.3–3.9 sec
100 mph: 6.8–7.4 sec
1/4 mile: 11.0–11.4 sec
Top speed: 197–199 mph

EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)
Combined/city/highway: 16–17/13–15/20–21 mpg

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