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The Porsche 911 GT3 is the latest in a line of Porsche high-performance models. The new GT3 will be built on the same hybrid steel-aluminum construction used in the current generation 911 Carrera, but it adds a series of independent front and rear parts. When compared to a standard Carrera, the new GT3 version will add a sportier exterior look with the most striking addition of a large, fixed rear wing.

Under the new 911 GT3 hood is a 3.8-liter boxer engine that delivers a total of 475 horsepower and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds with a top speed of  up to 195 mph. The engine is based on the engine used in the new 911 Carrera S, but it gets modified crankshaft and valve gear, plus titanium connecting rods and forged pistons. According to Porsche, these updates allow the engine to seamlessly rev to 9,000 rpm. The engine is also paired with a Porsche dual-clutch transmission that sends the engine’s power to the rear wheels through a new high-traction rear-wheel-drive system.

Shift paddles on the steering wheel are programmed so that when the driver pulls both simultaneously, the transmission goes into neutral. This feature balances the weight distribution of the car without the driver having to hit the brakes and cause a dramatic weight transfer that could cause the car to skid.

Stop by an Arizona Porsche dealer to check out the active rear-wheel steering that moves the back wheels through a 3-degree arc to help turn the car better. At less than 30 mph, the rear wheels steer opposite the fronts, which Porsche says can have the effect of shortening the turning circle diameter three feet. At higher speed, the back wheels turn the same direction as the fronts, for snappier lane changes and other maneuvers.

To inquire further about the Porsche 911 GT3, visit Porsche of Tucson.