Porsche Gives the 911 GT3 a Face Lift

Porsche has chosen the international Geneva Motor Show as the place to launch the latest iteration of the super-cool 911 GT3. The new take on Porsche’s 45-year old classic 911 is rumored to be the hottest GT3 yet.

The newest 911 raises the engine size to 3.8 liters and develops 435 bhp, 20 ponies more than its predecessor, allowing the GT3 to hit 60 mph in 4.0 seconds and reach a top track speed of 194 mph. That oughta do ‘er.

To keep you on track at those speeds, the boys from Stuttgart have developed Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) – but we like call it “SPASM” or even more suggestive names, like “Original Really Groovy Active Suspension Management.” Either way, it includes real-time computer-controlled suspension tuning and traction control.

Porsche has also gifted the new car with aerodynamic improvements to increase downforce at both the front and rear, more than doubling the aero benefits of the previous generation GT3. You also get standard bi-xenon headlights, LED rear light clusters and modified air intakes and outlets.

One of the problems with any new super-duper sports car like the GT3 is that when it’s where you want it for driving, it’s too low for the real world. So they took a clue from the low-rider boys and developed a new lift system for the front axle. Using an on-board air compressor, the front end of the GT3 can be raised for steep driveways or inclines. A the touch of a button raises the front ride height by a little over an inch, and it works at speeds up to about 30 mph.

The 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 will be available in the fall of 2009, and Porsche thinks it’s worth $112,200 USD – but we’re betting the dealers tack on a premium on top of that, so save your pennies.

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