2019 Porsche 911

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Autoblog Rating

The only naturally-aspirated 911 left might just be the best one. Interior is starting to feel dated, but you'll forget all about it once you get moving.

Industry
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HOCKING HILLS STATE PARK, Ohio — The 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 is an ethereal thing, a car unstuck in time. While everything is getting bigger and more complicated (the 911 included), the GT3 feels delightfully anachronistic with its naturally aspirated engine, six-speed manual transmission and relative lack of creature comforts like automatic climate control, adaptive cruise or keyless entry. It's a refreshingly simple machine, the exact sort of car I grew up worshiping in magazines and video games. This 991.2 GT3 uses a race-derived 4.0-liter flat-six making 500 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque that spins all the way to 9,000 rpm. Power from the rear-mounted engine is sent solely to the rear wheels, gripping the pavement with a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. Beyond that, the car packs enhancements to the suspension and aero. For a more detailed breakdown on what makes the car tick, check out Senior Editor Alex Kierstein's first drive review and separate engineering deep dive. Suffice to say, the car's got grit. But Detroit isn't where the GT3 belongs when I've got a weekend with it — potholes abound, the roads are straight, and it's flat as a cutting board. So I grabbed a friend with the same affliction for great-driving cars as myself — he has a Honda S2000 and an engineering job in the auto industry — and we headed to an area just southeast of Columbus, Ohio. The Hocking Hills are about 300 miles from Detroit, a bucolic spot full of rolling hills and undulating roads you can spend all day lapping. Outside of a few cars or motorcycles driving by, the loudest noises are the birds flying overhead. You do have to keep an eye out for animals (I'm aware of someone driving a Jaguar who once "punted" an unlucky raccoon), but as long as you're mindful, you can get a car moving without getting into too much trouble. This particular car was light on options — $720 for the paint, $700 for heated seats, $700 for auto-dimming mirrors with an integrated rain sensor, $140 for a 23.7-gallon fuel tank, and some no-cost options like floor mats and a luggage net. You'll need that extended-range tank, as the GT3 is rated for 13 mpg city, 21 mpg highway and 16 mpg combined. All in, this one stickered for $148,610, including $1,700 for a gas guzzler tax. Given that the day was gorgeous, 70 degrees and sunny, and the Hocking Hills is one of the best places to drive within several hundred miles, I was afraid the roads might be packed. Other than a few slow-moving trucks, the roads were mostly free of traffic. Lucky us. And after a few hundred miles on the slab with nothing more than a few hard pulls on farm roads so far, I hadn't had the opportunity to push it. So we took a quick pit stop, piled intothe GT3, rolled down the windows, and hit the road. The theatrics start the minute …
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HOCKING HILLS STATE PARK, Ohio — The 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 is an ethereal thing, a car unstuck in time. While everything is getting bigger and more complicated (the 911 included), the GT3 feels delightfully anachronistic with its naturally aspirated engine, six-speed manual transmission and relative lack of creature comforts like automatic climate control, adaptive cruise or keyless entry. It's a refreshingly simple machine, the exact sort of car I grew up worshiping in magazines and video games. This 991.2 GT3 uses a race-derived 4.0-liter flat-six making 500 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque that spins all the way to 9,000 rpm. Power from the rear-mounted engine is sent solely to the rear wheels, gripping the pavement with a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. Beyond that, the car packs enhancements to the suspension and aero. For a more detailed breakdown on what makes the car tick, check out Senior Editor Alex Kierstein's first drive review and separate engineering deep dive. Suffice to say, the car's got grit. But Detroit isn't where the GT3 belongs when I've got a weekend with it — potholes abound, the roads are straight, and it's flat as a cutting board. So I grabbed a friend with the same affliction for great-driving cars as myself — he has a Honda S2000 and an engineering job in the auto industry — and we headed to an area just southeast of Columbus, Ohio. The Hocking Hills are about 300 miles from Detroit, a bucolic spot full of rolling hills and undulating roads you can spend all day lapping. Outside of a few cars or motorcycles driving by, the loudest noises are the birds flying overhead. You do have to keep an eye out for animals (I'm aware of someone driving a Jaguar who once "punted" an unlucky raccoon), but as long as you're mindful, you can get a car moving without getting into too much trouble. This particular car was light on options — $720 for the paint, $700 for heated seats, $700 for auto-dimming mirrors with an integrated rain sensor, $140 for a 23.7-gallon fuel tank, and some no-cost options like floor mats and a luggage net. You'll need that extended-range tank, as the GT3 is rated for 13 mpg city, 21 mpg highway and 16 mpg combined. All in, this one stickered for $148,610, including $1,700 for a gas guzzler tax. Given that the day was gorgeous, 70 degrees and sunny, and the Hocking Hills is one of the best places to drive within several hundred miles, I was afraid the roads might be packed. Other than a few slow-moving trucks, the roads were mostly free of traffic. Lucky us. And after a few hundred miles on the slab with nothing more than a few hard pulls on farm roads so far, I hadn't had the opportunity to push it. So we took a quick pit stop, piled intothe GT3, rolled down the windows, and hit the road. The theatrics start the minute …
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$91,100 - $203,000 MSRP / Window Sticker Price

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Engine 3.8LH-6
MPG 19 City / 24 Hwy
Seating 4 Passengers
Transmission 7-spd auto-shift man w/OD
Power 540 @ 6400 rpm
Drivetrain all wheel
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