Production Years: 2009-2011 | Generation: 997.2 | Units built: 2,256
Engine: 3.8L Water Cooled Flat-6 | Power: 429 hp | 0 – 60 mph: 4.0 s | Top Speed: 194 mph
By now you are probably annoyed by the number of GT3s on this list. Get used to it because there are even more further down. They are all awesome and they all deserve to be here.
In 2009, Porsche launched the 2nd Generation 997 GT3. The 997.2 GT3 got a larger 3.8 litre engine producing 429 hp and also had a number of new options including dynamic engine mounts and different rear spoiler as well as other styling changes.
The engine 3.8 liter titanium con-rodded engine revved to over 8,500rpm and produced 429bhp at 7600rpm (up 20bhp) and 317lb ft of torque at 6250rpm (up 19lb ft). The biggest difference between the gen 2 997 GT3 and the first generation GT3 was the difference in mid-range torque. Combined with a weight of 1395kg (the same as the 997.1 GT3 the 0-62mph time dropped to 4.0 seconds and the GT3 had a much broader performance envelope.
Performance was monumental as expected and this was still from the days of manual gearboxes and direct hydraulic steering, so it felt amazing too. The most incredible thing about the GT3 is its stability and precision and the fact that you can feel everything going on underneath you. As EVO said when they tested the car back at the launch, “the reaction when you turn into a corner is absolutely instant, faithful and solid, allowing you to pick up a clipping point with complete confidence. It reminds me of the Audi R8 but more hardcore”.