• Jul 29, 2010
Porsche's 911 GT3 pays a visit to Jay Leno's Garage – click above to watch the video

Porsche recently dropped off a new 911 GT3 at Jay Leno's garage where racer Justin Bell picked it up for a bit of a road trip. Before the trip, Leno and Bell discuss their preference for normally aspirated manual transmission Porsches over the more powerful turbos and dual-clutch PDKs.

On his way to Laguna Seca for the spring American Le Mans Series event, Bell finds a perfect little road for his own private hill climb and gushes over the responsiveness of the non-turbo engine and enormous Brembo binders. At Laguna, Bell hooks up with factory pilot Patrick Long to discuss the differences between the Flying Lizard Motorsports 911 he races and the roadgoing GT3 which spawned it. Even within the limits of the rules set out by the ACO, Flying Lizard and Porsche have managed to find a lot of creative ways to extract more speed out of their competition machine. Check out the full video after the jump.

[Source: Jay Leno's Garage]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Those brakes.. wow. HUGE.

      One of the few cars out there which hold their own.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am surprised that Jay wasn't more hospitable, seeing that the guest also adhered to the denim-on-denim clothing policy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would love to see Porsche do a special build.

      Take 1 987 Cayman body in white.

      Flare out the rear fenders.

      then take everything from the GT3 or GT3RS, and assemble it onto the 987 chassis. (with the mid-engine front-facing gearbox, and mid-engined specific exhaust, and such, of course.)

      All the aluminum panel substitutions, thinner glass, less sound deadening material, few standard options... no AC, but maybe a cowl or roof air-scoop for ventilation, instead.

      A nice big GT wing on the back... 997 front bodywork from the "firewall" forward. Center-lock lightweight wheels... 450hp naturally aspirated 6-cylinder boxer, with a 6-speed manual and limited slip rear differential... a serious little sports car that would be.
      • 4 Years Ago
      is it just me or does it seem like Leno is always impatient and bored with his guests?
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's his personality, he's not uninterested in them, but he just talks over people all the time. I don't mind it, because 90% of the time he has something more interesting to say than they do. I also like how he just sort of talks to you rather than many of his guests who are "performing" what they are saying or trying to sell you something.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Jay's a douschebag!!! Stern RULES!!! BABABOOEY!!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1
        it is kinda annoying seeing how it is obvious that he does not listen... and does not let people finish their talking
      • 4 Years Ago
      Another very interesting Leno's Garage video... I might even say that this was one of my more favorite episodes. Justin was clearly very excited after this little "hill climb" around the mountains there - it was fun watching him to to put into words what an exhilarating road trip can feel like.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those Rims remind me alot of the ones on the 2011 Mustang 5.0 with the brembo package.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gigantic spoiler notwithstanding, does this GT3 look more toned down than the earlier 997, or is it just the colour?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Mostly color.

        It isn't a flashy color, nor does it have a contrasting flashy color bottom stripe.

        The bodywork hasn't changed much between 997 and 997.2 GT3 models.

        GT3RS and Race-spec cars are a bit more flamboyant.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Believe you are thinking of the GT3 RS, which are the versions with orange wheels & rollcage or bright green exterior paint.

        Ah the GT3.... it's like the M3, except better in every possible way (except price). Easily my favorite new car out there, even in the regular non-RS spec.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not very well verse in Le Man or Porsche, but toward the end there was a race clip with the Vette, it got me wondering which car dominate, Porsche or Vette? Are they like the top two car in those Le Man race? Like rivals?

      Shrug, just wanted to satisfy my curious.
        • 4 Years Ago
        since this year , Porsche GT3 and Corvette compete directly in the GT2 class. this year Porsche GT3 won the 24h of LeMans.
      • 4 Years Ago
      *drools*
      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree with you, Carlos. I tested drove the 997 GT3 twice.
      Although this is by far my favorite 911 (I have a C4S myself), it would make an awefull daily driver. That clutch is way too heavy for every day use.
      In comparison, the Turbo's clutch feels like butter and is indeed ready for daily use.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want to like Jay; I really do. But I have issues with any "car guy" who pronounces it like "PORSH"...
        • 4 Years Ago
        . . . yea, and how he thinks every car out there is better than Ferrari, kind of surprising when he is half Italian himself.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Jay is a good guy but he's not the smartest guy.

        But he should know better.

        Most people don't realize that Porsche is someone's last name so there is definitely a correct way to pronounce it. Pronouncing Jay's last name as "Lee-no" is not correct. The same goes for Porsche.

        Jay knows cars and he knows who Ferdinand Porsche is. There is no real excuse to get the name wrong unless you're a little slow.

        • 4 Years Ago
        People can pronounce it however they want. I have issues with pretentious car guys who force people to say Porsh-UH. Give it up. Yes, it's a family name. But how many Americans with German last names pronounce their German last name like their ancestors did in the Old Country. You know, Germans don't even pronounce their own last names uniformly in their own country. Example: Hitler. Ok that's a bad example. Braun would be a better one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Americans and Brits can't pronounce Porsche which is weird because the "e" is like the "e" in "pen" , "bed" , "shed" , etc. in any case , if you can't pronounce the "e" , just say "Porsh" . "Porsh-uh" just makes you sound like you're trying too much and fail miserably.
      Carlos
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have to disagree with Jay when he says that you can use this car every day. I've ridden in a GT3 and it was by no means a comfortable car to drive in for a long distance.
        Al.O.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        I think Jay meant everyday as in from home to work to the store and back again.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        This from a Viper guy?? Come on man...
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