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Farewell to the 991.2: Pic of the Week

The end is nigh for Stuttgart's current 911. We doff our desktop caps to the 991...

By Sam Sheehan / Sunday, November 25, 2018

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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