2018 Porsche 911 GT3: The naturally aspirated solution

The Porsche 911 and turbocharging are inextricably linked in this modern era of performance. But for enthusiasts seeking that natural feel behind the wheel, Porsche is serving up the 2018 911 GT3. Revealed Tuesday at the Geneva Motor Show, the 911 GT3 runs a 4.0-liter flat six-cylinder naturally aspirated engine rated at 500 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. A version of this is used in 911 racecars, like the GT3 R and 911 RSR. A six-speed manual is available. How's that, purists?

The seven-speed dual-clutch PDK is standard, and the GT3 can hit 60 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds en route to a top speed of 197 mph – the quickest configuration. With the manual, it takes 3.8 seconds to reach 60, though it can top out at 198 mph. The manual is also lighter, as we'd expect, coming in at 3,116 pounds compared to the PDK-equipped model's 3,153 pounds.

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The chassis is redesigned and features rear-axle steering. There's also dynamic engine mounts, a carbon-fiber rear wing, and lightweight front fascia and spoiler elements. Inside, the steering wheel comes from the 918 Spyder and there's a choice of three sets of performance seats. Porsche's Communication Management System and Track Precision App are standard. The two-seater goes reaches US dealers this fall, starting at $144,650.

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