Seeing pictures of Italian supercars burst into flames by the side of the road, as our compatriots at Axis of Oversteer point out, has become something of a usual sight. But a Porsche? Surely those meticulous German engineers have got that taken care of, right?

Not necessarily. Reports coming in from Europe indicate that no fewer than five 911 GT3 coupes have "spontaneously combusted" in the past few weeks, prompting Porsche to launch an investigation. In the meantime, they've reportedly ceased deliveries of the new GT3 while they try to determine what the problem is and work to rectify it.

We wouldn't be surprised to see a recall issued once the problem is resolved, but for now, we'd encourage existing owners to be extra vigilant behind the wheel – or better yet, leave their cars in the garage for the time being. You wouldn't want to drive a 475-horsepower rear-drive sports car through a Polar Vortex, anyway, right?


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      Porsche4life
      • 10 Months Ago
      I know what caused this! It's all the stupid plastic covering the engine bay. Causing **** to over Heat
      SloopJohnB
      • 10 Months Ago
      Well, if they're subject to catching fire (I would avoid the term spontaneous combustion) I certainly would not recommend parking one in a garage. Time to leave it outside under a cover if necessary.
      Indubitably
      • 10 Months Ago
      I can ONLY image if this had happened to a GM product like the new Vette. The trolls would be out by the HUNDREDS! S'ok though, its a Porsche -- carry on.
      john96xlt
      • 10 Months Ago
      Um,, AMERICAN UNION WORKERS! Oh, I mean, GM! No, that's not it...FORD! um, no, must be CHRYSLER! Nope. Help me out here guys, who do we blame for this one?
        OptimusPrimeRib
        • 10 Months Ago
        @john96xlt
        Somehow it can be blamed on Obama.
          knightrider_6
          • 10 Months Ago
          @OptimusPrimeRib
          Darrell Issa should investigate this... right after he is done with Benghazi.
        steve
        • 10 Months Ago
        @john96xlt
        Check the Fox News website and see who they blame, then just copy and past....... That is how the Fox News sheep work....
        edward.stallings
        • 10 Months Ago
        @john96xlt
        Porsche.
          john96xlt
          • 10 Months Ago
          @edward.stallings
          Impossible. Just ask any autoblog regular. It is simply not possible for cars built outside of the United States to have defects of any kind. Unless, of course, they somehow acquire badges that make them appear to be a US vehicle.
        PatTheCarNut
        • 10 Months Ago
        @john96xlt
        I find it interesting how SO many American car companies want the connection to European cars, engineering and locations for driving in Europe, then people get defensive when it's mentioned that the European cars are superior. If there was nothing to this superior styling (which of course is subjective in everyone's eyes but European is clearly better to me) and engineering, why not use our own landmarks, race tracks and heritage to promote. When the consumer sees a commercial and every other sentence talks about German engineering, European styling or tested on the Nurburgring it implies the American companies aren't confident in their own product enough to NOT try to attach it to the superior brand. The consumer reads the other brands MUST be better if they are going so far to mention a another implied superior product. Even in their own circles they know it or they would use a different strategy for marketing. I'm fairly certain in Germany you would not see a BMW commercial trying to say they were tested on some highway in Montana with un-restricted speed limits, or tuned on the Watkins Glen road course. They are confident in what they are selling and feel no need to attach some other stomping grounds to make it look better, they know it is. The American companies need to test and tune in our own back yard and prove they are better if they really feel they are. Personally I feel they are not and why they use the European hook to appear they are and try to make consumers feel they are. To me, it can have the opposite effect. I have wrenched on both and the European brands are superior in my opinion. But most consumers don't look at details the way enthusiasts do, so the perception that there is a superiority/inferiority would likely go unnoticed if the American companies didn't bring it up in their own advertising. American companies do it to themselves right off the bat by comparing themselves to the superior brand in their marketing. I think the only company NOT doing this is Ford. My inlaws have always had Ford or GM cars, they got a new Impala in 2013 and they are perfectly happy with it, but it's AWFUL! Of course they don't buy into commercials, but buy based on "what we've always bought". But I digress... I just know from personal experience, once you've had a German car, you can't go back to American. I have had many of each and I don't see myself going back to domestic cars any time soon. It's unfortunate because I am one who buys American to get a better/superior product when I can. Cars are just not one of the things that fit that description. If all we had to choose from were American, and Chinese...I assure you ours would be the best....but that's another story all together. I buy American ANYTHING when I can if the other choice is Chinese. But, if I have a German option, I will compare are buy the better of the two.
      banksy
      • 10 Months Ago
      Note to author: not everyone lives in America. Polar Vortex is only in America. This news is in relation to European incidents. / rant
        Patrick Schultz
        • 10 Months Ago
        @banksy
        It's an American website, deal with it
        Matt
        • 10 Months Ago
        @banksy
        Ok so now I'm going to go on Top Gears website and complain about all the UK references.
      Trent
      • 10 Months Ago
      Did Porsche recently hire anyone from Tesla or Chevy?
      PheelACCD
      • 10 Months Ago
      5 Porsche bust out in flames = 35 comments. 1 Tesla does the same = 148 comments (at the time of writing). Why such bias?
        steve
        • 10 Months Ago
        @PheelACCD
        Because the Tesla is electric and the far Tea Party right hates non gas powered cars. So the Tea Party thugs also show up to slam anything that the party heads disagree with.
          BipDBo
          • 10 Months Ago
          @steve
          Probably 95% of those 148 comments on each Tesla fire article comes from a defender of Tesla, everyone saying essentially the same thing over and over again. They're not coming from a mob of "Tea party thugs." The other 5% are mostly just trolls trying to piss people off.
        juststudent
        • 10 Months Ago
        @PheelACCD
        As a non-american, I see that when AB (an american site) write anything about USA (brand, cars, CEO, workers, events), it will soon be followed with gazillion of comments. Pretty normal I think. As a common internet people, I also see that people love to compare anything VERSUS anything, and they think it mean something. dog vs cat, 911 vs GTR, Su-27 vs F-15, note vs ipad, even though they cater different segment or have different concept / doctrine to begin with.
        Cayman
        • 10 Months Ago
        @PheelACCD
        Probably the same reason that there are 290 comments about a Tesla driving from the West Coast to the East Coast. How many comments do you think a similar story about a Porsche would receive??? EV's are a new technology, they will generate a lot of interest (bad and good).
        The Friendly Grizzly
        • 10 Months Ago
        @PheelACCD
        Porsche: German, can do no wrong. Tesla: American so "obviously" a rotten piece of garbage.
      sixspeedclutchhh
      • 10 Months Ago
      i'd gladly drive around a defective 991 gt3.... some things are worse than death... like not driving a 991 gt3. :)
      Anurag
      • 10 Months Ago
      Just watch how this has to do with that dual clutch tranny. I will be laughing, and maybe this can get Porsche to put a freaking MANUAL in there
      MotionDesigner
      • 10 Months Ago
      I would spontaneously combust if I had the privilege of driving one of these.
      Bob
      • 10 Months Ago
      i hope those lucky few spec'd theirs with optional fire extinguisher but tbh high strung race tuned street cars are prone to catching fire so what do you expect. At least you don't have 1000 pounds of lithium battery under you to incinerate you.
        Cayman
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Bob
        I expect the same thing I expect for every other new car; that is to not catch on fire. Seems like an issue, Porsche is looking into it and it'll be resolved.
          Bob
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Cayman
          of course its going to be looked at and resolved i think the 458 italia was prone to burning when it frst came out
      Porsche4life
      • 10 Months Ago
      That's a first from Porsche I wonder what the issue is? Maybe 9000 RPM is a lil too much for it. Anyways I would love to own one so bad.
        Cayman
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Porsche4life
        I would be a bit surprised if its the engine or it's high rev limit, my guess would be something electrical (or electrical with some sort of gas/oil leak). With 5 of these having the issue though, it probably shouldn't take that long for them to figure out the cause.
        quuppa70
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Porsche4life
        "It is the 5th gt3 in Europe that burned with the same problem."
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