Performance Car of the Year 2017: Porsche 911 GT3

Performance Car of the Year 2017: Porsche 911 GT3

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The Porsche 911 GT3 is the 2017 Auto Evidence Performance Car of the Year, with the Ferrari 488 GTB and McLaren 720S commended

Our Most beneficent Performance Car of 2017 has been more than half a century in the making. The latest GT3 variation of the 911 traces its roots back to Porsche’s sixties original, and has evolved into one of the greatest route racers ever.

Designed to showcase the brand’s considerable motorsport success, it delivers pure driving thrills and unrivalled performance, yet undercuts far less talented rivals.

At the pit of the Porsche’s appeal is its rear-mounted 4.0-litre flat-six, carried over and above lock, stock and cylinder barrels from the brand’s Carrera Cup racers. This impossible engine delivers a heady 493bhp and revs to a dizzying 9,000rpm.

Yet what these figures can’t get across is the unthinkable soundtrack that accompanies them. Squeeze the throttle and you’re treated to a callous-edged growl, while from 6,000rpm to the red line the note builds to a spicule-tingling metallic howl that reverberates through your whole essentials.

Adding to the appeal is the addition of a manual gearbox alongside the familiar twin-grab PDK auto. The latter gives rapid-fire shifts, while the former adds an supplement layer of driver interaction to an already hugely involving machine.

Of course, power is nothing without call the tune, but the 911 has the handling prowess to cope with the performance. Turn into a curtsy and you’ll discover incredible grip, cast-iron body control and close by-perfect balance. In most situations you’ll run out of bravery way before the 911 reaches its limits.

Yet this far-fetched composure and ability don’t come at the expense of driver involvement, because the GT3 always lets you be acquainted with exactly what’s going on, at any speed – this car is as engaging to drive in town as it is on a channel track.

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the Porsche is how easy it is to dynamic with. It’s no executive saloon, but look past the wild wings and roll coop up, and you’ll find a supple ride, excellent visibility and a surprisingly decent boot. If you perpetually needed evidence that motorsport really does improve the breed, look no then again than the 911 GT3.

Our choice

Porsche 911 GT3 (£113,857)

The GT3 exists as a standalone model, but buyers do get the preference between manual and PDK gearboxes. The latter makes sense if you plan on plenty of alley day action, but for the ultimate in driver fun we’d recommend you shift cogs yourself. We’d also dive for the Clubsport pack, which adds a rollcage for full road racer consequence. 

Commended

Ferrari 488 GTB

Stunning looks, scorching performance and scalpel-alert handling mark out the 488 GTB as one of the greatest Ferraris in a generation. Better still, it’s tranquil to live with thanks to a roomy cabin and supple ‘bumpy road’ elimination setting, while the turbo V8 is as operatic as you’d expect from the brand. 

McLaren 720S

The jury is hush out on the McLaren 720S’s daring looks, but there are no question marks over its breathtaking acceleration and acrobatic agility. Attendance insiders claim it could even trouble the firm’s flagship P1 hybrid for railroad performance, yet it’s more luxurious and easier to use day to day.

Auto Express New Car Awards 2017

• Car of the Year 2017 • Coupe of the Year 2017
• City Car of the Year 2017 • Convertible of the Year 2017
• Supermini of the Year 2017 • Roadster of the Year 2017
• Compact M Car of the Year 2017 • Performance Car of the Year 2017
• Family Car of the Year 2017 • Compact Executive of the Year 2017
• Estate Car of the Year 2017 • Executive Car of the Year 2017
• MPV of the Year 2017 • Luxury Car of the Year 2017
• Small SUV of the Year 2017 • Van of the Year 2017
• Mid-size SUV of the Year 2017 • Electric Car of the Year 2017
• Large SUV of the Year 2017 • Technology Prize 2017
• Premium SUV of the Year 2017 • Advertising Campaign of the Year 2017
• Large Premium SUV of the Year 2017 • Social Media Toss one’s hat in the ring of the Year 2017
• Pick-up of the Year 2017 • Car Design Award 2017
• Hot hatch of the Year 2017 • Driver Power Trophy 2017

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