Spotted in Hong Kong – Porsche 911 GT3

Posted: February 8, 2011 in Spotted
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Porsche 911 GT3

Kung Hei Fat Choy!  Happy Lunar New Year!  Things have slowed down quite a bit on the blog, and I’ll admit that it’s purely because I’ve been too busy having a good time to sit down and get anything done.  Oh well.

This week’s Spotted in Hong Kong goes to the Porsche GT3, mostly because I saw it whilst heading off to get some much needed early morning food after a late night of welcoming in the Lunar New Year.  Being in the jovial mood I was in, and having a camera at the ready, it was more than natural for me to snap a few pictures of the car.

If I’m honest, I’m not a massive fan of Porsche.  Don’t get me wrong, they produce some remarkable stuff, but I’ve always felt that they’ve been too scared to venture too far away from the safety net that is the 911, hence the overwhelming tendency of each car to look like the next.

0 - 60mph in 5.5 seconds

The GT3 is different though, because I can find no fault in taking an already, very good car (the 911), and then tweaking it to make it that little bit better.  Every car manufacturer has done this at some point, and if they haven’t they really should start thinking about it.

Launched in 1999, the Porsche 911 GT3 is named after the FIA GT class that it was originally intended for, and as such sports a 3.8 litre naturally-aspirated six cylinder engine – based on what can be found in the Porsche 911 GT1 race cars.  The GT3 also utilizes a six-speed gearbox that helps to give the driver a true sense of racing ability.  The GT3 does 0 to 60mph in 5.5 seconds, and to 100mph in 13 seconds.  In short, the GT3 is a track car, and in a city like Hong Kong, I have to be honest, it could be a bit of a waste, unless you’re involved in some underground racing or have the time to drive out to the airport everyday.  Hong Kong’s streets are not very conducive to fast driving, but that won’t stop anyone from buying the most insane sports cars.  Awesome.

Rumours are flying around that a new GT3 is expected to make an appearance at some point, with a bigger engine.  Good news, good news indeed.  Until then, I give you the Porsche 911 GT3…  Like what you see?  Click on this link to see Richard Hammond of Top Gear take the GT3 for a spin…

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