Farewell to the 991.2: Pic of the Week


As you may have seen in our LA Auto Show guide, the 992 Porsche 911 is just days away from reveal. Of course, this means production of the 991-generation is about to end, so, through misty eyes, we've trawled through our server to find an image that gives this departing model a proper send-off.

What better variant to choose than the 991.2 GT3? It was Stuttgart's track-focused machine which got the scintillating 4.0-litre flat six, after all, the one that comes alive after 6,000rpm and doesn't stop singing until 9,000rpm. The GT3 is a full 200hp down on the GT2 RS that came after it, but the sheer reach of its powerband makes the atmospheric motor all the more memorable.

The car itself, although no featherweight compared to air-cooled 911s of yesteryear (as purists like to remind us), feels alive and light on its toes. It possesses a delicious balance that gives its driver options when at the limit of grip, but it also always demands respect. Without the torque of forced induction to lean on and the requirement to stir a gear lever (the one Porsche made us wait for), it makes this the most 911 911. The purest driver's car of the range.

In a decade or so, when the 992's replacement arrives laden with turbochargers, hybrid electric motors and - God forbid - synthesised flat six noises, we'll look back on today's GT3 and remember how good we once had it. So as it and fellow 991 variants bow out, we offer it this final desktop background testimonial.

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  • Paracetamol 25 Nov 2018

    I am very lucky to have secured the very last factory order for a GT3 touring...arrives in February and something I hope to own for the rest of my days..

  • C.MW 25 Nov 2018

    It feels like yesterday when the 991 911 was launched... I really cannot believe that long has passed since its launch. The 991 was often bashed for not having the most tactile steering wheel, being too refined, too big etc but I know in 10 years time when electrification dominates all categories of cars even this version of 911 will be remembered as one of the purest cars for us enthusiasts. Sad days.

  • IMI A 25 Nov 2018

    Paracetamol said:
    I am very lucky to have secured the very last factory order for a GT3 touring...arrives in February and something I hope to own for the rest of my days..
    lol the amount of people that come on here and say that then flip the f--- out of them. Sure you won't but you should have heard some of the nonsense from members on here when 911 R was being launched. Most of them all stuck them up for sale the minute the GT3 was announced smile

    If 992 GT3 is normally aspirated can't wait to see how many lifers keep their 991 GT3s. Glut of 991.2 GT3s/Tourings in the classifieds in 12/24 months below list? whistle

  • Nerdherder 25 Nov 2018

    Paracetamol said:
    I am very lucky to have secured the very last factory order for a GT3 touring...arrives in February and something I hope to own for the rest of my days..
    Lucky you.

  • sr.guiri 25 Nov 2018

    Isn't GT3 touring a bit of a contradiction?

    GT3 to me represents stripped, light weight (in comparison) race spec. for the road. "Touring" represents exactly that - cruising at moderate speeds, car loaded up with tents and camping stoves biggrin

    Anyway, slightly envious of you having a new Porka arriving in Feb, even if the name does confuse me.

    Enjoy!!


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