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Porsche Carrera GT3
Issue Twelve
May 25, 2004
Porsche 911 GT3
2004 New York Auto Show Coverage
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ZF Sachs Nivomat Suspension
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2004 Porsche GT3 Review
Beauty and the Beast: An Owner's Perspective
By Andrew MacPherson

(Tuesday, April 6, 2004 5:15 PM EST)

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I bought my GT3 after reading all the stories on the car in both the US and UK motoring press over the last few months. If you’re a car nut I’m sure you’ve read them all too, so I won’t repeat what you know here, I’ll just share my personal opinion of the car after clocking up 2,300 miles, around 400 of which have been at the track.

I’ve been tracking a modified M3 (SMG) for the last two years, and felt ready to take the next ‘step up’ to something that would help to make me a better driver. Once I decided the GT3 was the car for me I called a few local dealers, and discovered that the entire run of 750 cars coming to the USA is pretty much sold old out. I then went to Porsche’s web site, pulled up the dealer locator, and started dialing. After dialing my way through the A's, B's, C's and so on, I found a 'M' dealership that had one sitting on the floor, and it was only an hour away, so I jumped in my trusty M3 and headed over. Three hours later I left in the GT3, which really surprised me, as I’d only expected to put a deposit down on a new order!

Leaving the dealership, I was surprised by how noisy things were in the cabin. You hear everything - and loudly too - and the suspension allows you the opportunity to read the typesetting on manhole covers as you cross them. The radio is all but useless in the general ambient din of wheels, road surface, induction, and engine noise. Porsche did indeed leave out the sound deadening!

To run-in the car I did three weekends at the Angeles Crest, an incredible set of roads that run thru the San Gabriel Mountains, just north of LA. The car felt very different to the M3, much more nervous and not nearly as planted. I felt as if the front end was floating above the ground, like a big two stroke motorbike in a perpetual wheelie. Since this was my first Porsche, I can’t tell you how this feeling compares to other Porsches. The controls are all easy and straightforward, and the car reacts beautifully to their inputs. And while the brakes are stunning, the pedal is placed a bit too high, making it awkward for heel toe work. The clutch is direct and clean, and the gearshift is ok, though not as crisp as I had expected.

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