Former rally and racing legend Walter Rohrl knows a thing or two about pushing cars to their limits after nearly half a century of driving like he stole something.
The 70-year old German driver sat behind the wheel of the new Porsche 911 GT3 at a track in Andalusia, sharing his thoughts on one of Porsche’s latest road weapons.
Rohrl had previously sampled the new 911 GT2 RS this past summer, alongside former F1 driver Mark Webber. Both himself and Webber were stunned at the GT2 RS’ performance.
Compared to that, the GT3 is considerably less powerful with “just” 500 PS (493 HP) instead of the GT2 RS’ 700 PS (690 HP). Yet, it will still muscle its way to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.2 seconds and max out at 197 mph (317 km/h).
Rohrl acknowledged the fact that the GT3 feels extremely well balanced when pushed to its limits, with both understeer and oversteer being kept in check. The car features a tuned chassis with rear axle steering, a new rear wing and diffuser, plus a bunch of airflow optimizing mods for the exterior.
Another aspect of the GT3 he was particularly impressed with was the grip. Being able to put down all 500 of those horses at any moment’s notice is precisely what you want when trying to set fast lap times.