Promoted: Why a Porsche 911 GT3 is the perfect weekend car

Blending usability and track performance, there's no better sports car to borrow from Supercar Hire for a weekend than a Porsche 911 GT3

The Porsche 911 has never needed to be redesigned. Instead, continuous improvements, that add to the almost perfect original recipe, are the order of the day. Since the 1960s, Porsche has managed to produce multiple versions of the same car, with each new model feeling fresh and new, without losing the spirit and ethos of the original car. The 911 will always be a rear-engined, rear-wheel drive machine of pure driving pleasure. It’s also as iconic as they come, with an unmistakable silhouette.

There are a range of variants, with a model to suit all tastes and desires. The sweet spot of the entire range, however, is undoubtedly found in the 911 GT3. It’s stripped down and lightweight, and therefore far more suitable for track-day fun than a base model Carrera. But it also has far more creature comforts than a GT2 RS, making it comfortable behind the steering wheel for everyday use.

It occupies such a sweet spot, that for a Porsche lover like Richard Hammond, it was a purchase that was impossible to resist.

“I drove the car and some unseen and very strong force directed me to our local Porsche dealer where I handed in the keys to my GTS and drove away in a white GT3. There are no bad points about this car. I can’t imagine a better sports car being made in the near future and so I can’t imagine selling my new toy,” he said in his Mirror column, clearly head over heels.

In the 991 generation Porsche 911 GT3 there is a 3.8 litre direct fuel injection, flat-six engine developing 475 bhp at 8250 rpm, a Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) double-clutch gearbox, rear-wheel steering and carbon ceramic brakes. All of which means 0-60 seconds is covered in 3.8 seconds and reaching a top seed of 197mph.

The overall package carefully blends track-based performance with road-based manners. Largely thanks to the precise and accurate steering, and the surprisingly smooth engine which responds like an electric unit, in the way that only a naturally aspirated high-performance Porsche engine can.

Few cars are as engaging or rewarding on the road, just ask Top Gear journalist Chris Harris, another GT3 owner, who posted, “New daily. Currently the happiest man in the U.K.” on social media when collecting his vehicle.

Switch to the track and it somehow gets even better. With poise and agility, superb feedback and impeccable body control, this is a car that wants you to pay attention. Keep it above 6000rpm and right in its power band, and you’ll be rewarded with precision performance.

The GT3 is a car for any occasion. It can traverse great distances with ease, be the sharpest, most focussed car at the track, or light up its rear wheels like a four wheeled hooligan. All the while providing the kind of traction and feedback you won’t find anywhere else. So try it yourself and hire a Porsche!

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