The 911 GT3 has just returned from a visit to Dr Porsche, who assigned a face-lift, liposuction and prescribed some horse-strength steroids.
Porka boffins have improved the normally-aspirated, rear-wheel driven track-orientated road car on every level, bringing it up-to-date for the Geneva Motor show in March.
The MkII 997 GT3 stays with a normally-aspirated engine, naturally, but is increased in capacity to 3.8-litres, from 3.6-litres. This hikes the power up to a total of 432bhp - that’s an increase of 20bhp from the MkI, thanks in part to Porsche’s improvement of cylinder-head gas flow.
The flat-six engine also offers a significant increase in torque at medium engine speeds, which is of benefit to owners who choose to commute daily in their 911 GT3s, as well as a plus point when it comes to performance: The new GT3 accelerates from a standstill to 100kph in 4.1 seconds, while its top speed is 312kph.
Road behaviour is kept in check courtesy of revised stability management, while stiffer springs and anti-roll bars as well as aero body changes make the GT3 grippier in the corners.
Also new to the GT3 are light-weight racing wheels.