The Porsche 911 GT3 has always been a favorite among auto journalists and car enthusiasts alike, but with the introduction of the new 991-generation GT3, which is the first GT3 with electric power steering and no manual gearbox option, how does it stack up to the competition from McLaren and Nissan?

Evo's Jethro Bovingdon attempts to answer that question by pitting the rear-engine Porsche against the mid-engine McLaren MP4-12C on a racetrack and the front-engine, all-wheel-drive Nissan GT-R on some amazing, twisty European back roads. We won't give away the victor of either comparison, but we will say that, in Evo's test, the McLaren's 141-horsepower advantage doesn't give it as much of an edge over the Porsche on a racetrack as one might think, and the lack of a manual gearbox and the inclusion of electric power steering on the GT3 isn't detrimental to enjoying the car on a back road.

Watch the video below to find out which car Bovingdon prefers on road and track – we think you'll be happy to see him drift around turns every chance he gets.


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      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love the difference in power, the difference in character, the difference in philosophy, but a strikingly similar result. It's like watching radically different cars racing up Goodwood within a couple of tenths. Good review.
      NamorF-Pro
      • 1 Year Ago
      You have to choose between torque and that high reving sensation.
      Black Dyanmite
      • 1 Year Ago
      A Porsche not having a manual gearbox is like.....a football being made out of rubber, not leather Like a girl who makes reservations, not dinner. Like a football game without tackling Like a steak without A1 sauce. Something VERY important is missing, and you will always notice it. Always..... BD
        cgm9999
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Black Dyanmite
        Seriously? A1 (or any sauce) on a steak? What are you? Ten? Let me guess, you put ketchup on a hotdog, too... Even if you had something to say about Porsche's lacking MTs, it was null and void the moment you used those awful similes. How gauche.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @cgm9999
          [blocked]
        Smilez1105
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Black Dyanmite
        How the F did you get back on here? I'll say it now: GO BACK HOME!
        KingTito
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Black Dyanmite
        If you eat steak with A1 you aren\'t eating the right kind of steak.
        Cayman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Black Dyanmite
        If you put A1 on your steak then you're either eating bad steak or you shouldn't be eating steak at all.
        Black Dyanmite
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Black Dyanmite
        Why are all you ladies reading this story? It must be the automatic that drew you out of the hair salons..... BD
      Black Dyanmite
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pluses: Acceleration, handling, braking, engine note, synergy Lows: Traded in it's Man Card so your´╗┐ girlfriend can drive´╗┐ it, and you never really do. Verdict: The greatest 911 ever will forever have a black cloud over it's head
        Cayman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Black Dyanmite
        My girlfriend can drive a manual just fine, but on a car like this the PDK makes far more sense.
        OptimusPrimeRib
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Black Dyanmite
        It's because the majority of people that drive manuals in the US are women. So if you drive a stick you would be driving more like a lady or be trading in your man card.
      Stomp and steer
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's not too surprising it sqeaked by the McLaren,it's is a track car. The McLaren is a all purpose supercar meant to do it all. If they were on the track at the same time the Porsche would never had passed it because of the 10 mph speed difference. You don't pass in the corners and it would have been too far ahead on the straights to out brake it.
        Drakkon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Stomp and steer
        Also, what would a track-minded stripped and caged version of the McLaren do?
        sparrk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Stomp and steer
        The GT3 is not a track car, it's just the sportier 911 model. The GT3/GT2 RS are the stripped down track cars.
          sparrk
          • 1 Year Ago
          @sparrk
          You can use it on a track, but you can use any 911 on a track, the RS cars are the track specific cars.
        Cayman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Stomp and steer
        You've never driven on a track have you?
          Stomp and steer
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cayman
          Yes I have and I've found out that doing laps by yourself and actually racing someone is completely different. Once your out front you drive the perfect racing line. If I'm correct the start the race on a straight away. Advantage McLaren by quite a lot. 10 mph is a huge advantage. Everything the Porsche makes up in the corner it loses on the straights if it gets to run a clean lap on the racing line. See where I'm getting at? Lapping and racing are completely different. You'd know that if you've raced on a track and not just driven on a track.
        k_m94
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Stomp and steer
        The GT3 is more livable and comfortable as a road car than the GTR, and it's got a full interior with all the sort of luxuries you might find in a regular Carrera. Now, they might soon offer a GT3RS where they strip out a lot of stuff like that to save weight. And let's not forget the Mclaren is also extremely fine tuned to do well on a track, it's just that its suspension has a broad range of ability making it work well on the street too. And it's twice the price, with 141hp more it would obviously have greater speed in a straight line.
        CarMaven
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Stomp and steer
        The GT3 is a daily driver my friend. Porsche, just makes cars so well that all their cars can perform on a track. But if you're trying to imply the GT3 is a "sell out" vehicle, it's not.
        compassstl
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Stomp and steer
        I quite agree. This is a very short course as well, just over a minute for most six-figure supercars, and even the Huayra did it in 1:02 and change (and, recall, on Top Gear, it eked a couple seconds off the MP4-12C's lap time to get 1:13.8 compared to the McLaren's already highly impressive 1:16.2, although allegedly with specially-cut tires), so there's only so much speed and so low a time to be gotten. A real test would also compare an Ariel Atom 500, or the McLaren with the same tires the GT3 was running. Also, there are track-made McLarens to get, which, like the Porsche, shed weight, up the aero, and modify responses to be more track-ready than setup for parking lots, streets, and highways (even in Track mode).
      4RR4Y
      • 1 Year Ago
      The GT3 is a fantastic piece of kit, PDK or otherwise. As many reviewers have established, it is a track weapon, to which the advantages of a PDK are irrefutable. Don't get me wrong, I like operating manual transmissions; however, it makes little sense to purchase a car like the GT3 if track duty isn't a priority. Porsche offers lesser 911's with manual transmissions for that very purpose - for enthusiasts that want [and can afford] a sports car that isn't focused on shaving tenths off lap times, and still offers a stick to row with. Most "enthusiasts" that spend their days replying to blogs, scoffing at the gradual demise of manual transmissions, own stick shift Civics (or no car at all...), and can't afford high-end sports cars that offer manual transmissions... to which the people that can, opt. for their automatic equivalents. Sad truth. Needless to say, a manual transmission does not automatically make a great car, and there are many examples of sub-par stick shift applications. As for the poser vs. enthusiast debate, I've but one question: if you had but one leg, would you still qualify as a car enthusiast..?
        Chrx
        • 1 Year Ago
        @4RR4Y
        Obviously someone with one leg can still be a car enthusiast but would have no choice to use manual. But most normal people have 2 legs and 2 arms and can drive stick shift fine. The sad thing about the gt3 is it's just a halo car. 1% of the buyers will actually ever track the car, and the sad truth is. Most people who buy cars like these can't even drive manuals. That's why these high ends all come with double clutch transmissions now. Majority of the owners are all flash no substance. Not to say there aren't some rich car enthusiasts out there, but most just want to show off.
          Porsche4life
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chrx
          Most porsche owners actually race their cars. Have you been to a track?
          k_m94
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chrx
          Actually, every GT3 in the past came solely with a manual transmission and its owners are much more likely to track it than Ferrari, Lamborghini, even GTR owners. From youtube videos of trackdays, you definitely see a ton of GT3s.
          Cayman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chrx
          PDK is a dual clutch transmission, not a double clutch transmission.
          rocketjohn2000
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chrx
          I hope they don't track it, that way when they sell it for 50% of value in 6-7 years, we have a shot at a pristine example.
          Cayman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chrx
          Most people that buy cars like this probably can drive manuals. Despite what you believe, most people probably can drive manuals, especially those that are car enthusiasts which are the people most likely to buy cars like this. You're ability to drive a manual is really not that special. Also FYI double clutch is a method used to shift on cars that don't have synchronizers (or sometimes to get it into first). Dual clutch is probably what you're thinking of. And the reason that these type of cars have dual clutches is because they are so much faster than what a human can do. I love driving a manual too, but there is little point in putting these powerful engines in relatively light cars so that they can accelerate at ridiculous speeds only to have the whole system slowed down by the meat behind the wheel. Same reason that most race cars also use semi-auto transmissions.
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 1 Year Ago
      He must have been driving the McLaren wrong to be slower than the Porsche.
        Drizzy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @OptimusPrimeRib
        It was the tires. Like Ferrari, Porsche gave EVO two different cars with special touches to make them excel where they were being used. Same tires, 12C wins easy.
          Andrew Ramos
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Drizzy
          Agreed with Drizzy. Throw some Cup tires on the McLaren and the Porsche is toast on any track. The Porsche is still awesome.... don't get me wrong. and the McLaren should have an option for competition tires. But regardless, I don't think this is conclusive enough to call the GT3 more track capable.
          k_m94
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Drizzy
          More like, the GT3 comes stock with track day tires, the Mclaren can come with track day tires too, but standard tires are regular performance tires. Porsche gave EVO 2 cars because who knows when the two segments of this thing were filmed and where? For all we know, the road driving piece with the GTR could have been done months earlier or later, and hundreds of miles away from the track. They probably asked for the car twice and Porsche just happened to have a red and a white one. Nothing different to when Top Gear is testing (pretty much any) sports car and the one driven in the review is different to the one they have with them in the studio or what Stig laps in.
          CarMaven
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Drizzy
          Not sure if you're correct. Cause, Sports Und Motor (or whatever it's called), has the old GT3 faster on the ring, than the current MP4-12C. So this one can well be faster. Just check their ring times on their site.
        Black Dyanmite
        • 1 Year Ago
        @OptimusPrimeRib
        One has more power, one has more moves. On a track, moves win. BD
      Indubitably
      • 1 Year Ago
      I know this new GT3 is better and faster in EVERY way over it's predecessor but i'm sorry, just look at the reviewer as he drives the car -- talking, not even looking at the road half the time, shifting with a finger ( know he's conducting a review). He just doesn't even look involved. This reminds me of driving a GTR -- emotionless. Great vehicle in every aspect but i'll stick to a manual 997 GT3 any day for the sheer fun, involvement, skill, and concentration you need to drive it. Just my 2 cents.
      ThinkAboutIt
      • 1 Year Ago
      What, Whay was the GTR even there ? What was the GTRs time around the track ? They must have taken the GTR around the track and found it to be faster than the GT3 therefore the time was omitted from this Porseche advertisement.
        sparrk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ThinkAboutIt
        They tested the white GT3 and the McLaren in the UK, then they tested the red GT3 and the GT-R in Germany. The GT-R was not on the track in the UK.
        Porsche4life
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ThinkAboutIt
        No they didn't wanna show the GT-R lap time so other people don't think too bad of it. Great car but its getting old
      rjbx
      • 1 Year Ago
      I need 1300 of you fools to send me a $100 each, after you sent the money, I will walk into the nearest Porsche dealership and get me a new GT3... You will be blessed ten fold, if you send me the $100, and will be cursed if you don't... Your choice fools.
        Trent
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rjbx
        You did not tell us where to send the money?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rjbx
        [blocked]
          Jermaine
          • 1 Year Ago
          "But saying shifting gears is pleasurable is just people lying to themselves to rationalize the fact they are emotionally irrational." So whats the rational for buying this car?
          mitytitywhitey
          • 1 Year Ago
          "So whats the rational for buying this car?" I think he intends to race it for an objectively better lap time than a McLaren, etc. Rational enough?
      cypherxx666xx
      • 1 Year Ago
      Porsche defying the laws of physics again!
        sparrk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cypherxx666xx
        The engine is in the wrong place ! Again ! ...and somehow it works !
      TrippulG3
      • 1 Year Ago
      I know on paper I should be in love with this car, and despite it outperforming its predecessor (and many of its competitors)...I still can't help but feel a little bit saddened that when it comes to character and driver involvement, it's just not quite what it used to be.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TrippulG3
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          rocketmoose
          • 1 Year Ago
          Not even. On a track, it's different - I'd rather concentrate on what's ahead and change with the flaps. But on the street, there is NOTHING like smashing a manual down two gears and blasting ahead.
          CarMaven
          • 1 Year Ago
          You're right about one thing for sure Raceboy: Most internet whiners, are just parroting what they heard a reviewer say, then participating in the "herd" mentality, along with the other internet bashers repeating the same thing (even when they don't know what they're talking about, or it's untrue/unfounded). It happens all the time.
        Black Dyanmite
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TrippulG3
        What you are saying is just because it's faster, doesn't make it better. And you would be 100% right! BD
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Black Dyanmite
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