'Pushing the limits' is Porsche's boast about the new 911 GT3 Cup unveiled at the Paris auto show last month. Sharing around 80% of its DNA with the 911 GT3 RS road car, the GT3 Cup will make its racing debut in the Porsche Mobile 1 Cup and on the North American circuit next season.
New generation horsepower
Powered by a naturally aspirated, direct injected 4.0-litre flat-six-cylinder engine, the 911 GT3 Cup generates a healthy 485 horsepower, 20hp up on its predecessor. Designed to offer more torque at lower revs, Porsche are pushing the limits, claiming they've never made such a big leap forward in performance before. With sequential, paddle shifter powered transmission, and sitting on 18" wheels, the entire car weighs in at a slimline 1,200 kilograms (approximately 2,645 pounds). And with that transmission only needing attention every 60 hours, and an engine tune up every 80 to 100 hours, Porsche have even cut running costs.
Sporting new front and rear styling to maximise down force, more aggressive front bumper air intakes and the promise of a six-speed manual transmission, the 911 GT3 Cup is built to race. How fast will she go? With a top speed of 196mph and able to go from 0 to 62 in just 3.5 seconds, the answer is pretty damn fast! Porsche, however, have opted for safety features like a roof escape hatch and weight saving Xenon HID headlights over maximising the 911 GT3 Cup's raw power.
Technology trickle down
The most produced and sold GT racing car in the world, with 3,031 GT Cups rolling off the production line since the model was introduced in 1998, the 911 GT Cup will set you back a cool 189,000 euros. The good news is that Porsche have promised the technology from the latest GT Cup will trickle down into their next series of production cars. We can't wait!