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We all know the Porsche 911 GT3 has one almighty flaw – in engineering terms, slinging its engine and gearbox behind the car's back axle is downright silly.
Which is how an early 911 owner would look once that pendulous rear end started swinging. At that point, with flailing arms, they'd anxiously ponder whether the outcome would be a) Quite Silly – careering backwards through a thicket, or b) Extremely Silly – testing the car's crumble zone against something more solid.
To qualify for racing, a certain number of GT3s have to be sold as road cars, so some of those stripped-out racers get air-con, sat-nav and a few other creature comforts bolted back in, number plates slapped on the front and rear, and are sold to some very lucky punters.
If you wish, you can have your hardcore GT3 in a more understated Touring specification. Porsche tones down the motorsport connection by removing the rear wing, offering a fully painted front bumper and replacing carbon fibre interior trim elements with dark brushed aluminium. Under the skin, though, the Touring is every bit as focused as its stablemate.
Do the upgrades put the latest Porsche 911 GT3 at the top of the supercar tree? Well, without wishing to give too much away, it’s a hell of a thing.
Read on to find out exactly why that is and whether the 911 GT3 has become a bit too hardcore. After all, if you can afford one, you’re spoilt for choice, with rivals ranging from the Audi R8 and Lamborghini Huracán to the McLaren 720S.