Porsche to extend warranty of affected GT3s

991 Porsche 911 GT3

Porsche continues to show best practice when it comes to car recalls as new details concerning the campaign to repair 991 911 GT3s emerge.

An email, which you can read below, has been sent to owners in North America explaining the course of action being undertaken by Porsche. In order to remove the risk of engine fire Porsche will replace the engines of all 785 affected GT3s. Production of the new engines will begin on 22 April.

In addition to the engine replacement Porsche will extend the factory warranty on those models for an extra 12 months. Compensation will also be provided to owners, although details of what that may entail are unknown at this stage.

Porsche attracted unwanted attention in mid-February when photos of a flaming 991 GT3 were posted to the internet. In the wake of that incident further reports of similar fires gave Porsche cause to launch an official investigation.

The cause of the fires was traced to a loose bolt in one of the conrods which could cause an oil leak giving the potential for oil to drip onto hot engine parts.

On 18 March Porsche advised all owners to stop driving their GT3s until the engine was replaced.

[Source: Autoblog | Thanks to Richard for the tip]


Engine transplant required to prevent 911 GT3 fires

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A Porsche US spokesman has confirmed the manufacturer has identified faulty conrod fasteners as the cause of the two fires which damaged 911 GT3s in Europe. To remedy the problem Porsche will be replacing the engines of all relevant models sold to date. That’s 785 new engines at last count!

“We are in the process of validating the revised part,” Nick Twork told AutoGuide. “We will be replacing the engines in each of the 911 GT3s that have been built thus far.”

Porsche will build the engines in Germany and then ship them across the globe so that customers can once again enjoy their GT3s. “It will take us a little while to build the engines. I don’t know specific timeframe but we’ll do it as quickly as we possibly can,” Twork added.

Some GT3 owners have received communication from Porsche already. It’s expected it will take one day to fit the new engines once they have been delivered to dealerships. At this stage it’s unclear what will be happening to the old engines.

There is also talk there could be compensation for owners, although Porsche says the focus now is on getting the cars fixed. “We’re going to be speaking with each of the customers individually [about possible compensation], the first priority is to minimize the inconvenience to our customers,” Twork said.

[Source: AutoGuide]

UPDATE 19 March: Now with an official statement from Porsche (below)


Porsche fires up recall for MY14 911 GT3 models

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Porsche’s official reaction to reports of fires in new 911 GT3 models has moved up a gear with word they will be recalling all 785 model year 2014 GT3s for inspection.

The notice includes a recommendation that owners should not drive their car until it has been checked:

Inspection of all 911 GT3 vehicles of model year 2014

Porsche inspecting engines of current 911 GT3 models

Stuttgart. 2014/02/20 – The sports car producer Porsche is inspecting all engines of 911 GT3 vehicles of model year 2014. Porsche is informing the owners of the affected vehicles directly and recommending that they stop using their vehicles. The company is offering to pick up the vehicles and take them to a Porsche Centre immediately.

Safety is a number one priority at Porsche, and the company takes its responsibility seriously. After engine damage occurred in two vehicles in Europe and the vehicles then caught fire. Porsche decided to inspect all 785 delivered vehicles worldwide. There was no traffic accident and no personal injure. Internal studies to determine the cause of the engine damage have not been completed yet.

Porsche will report on any new findings immediately.

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Porsche brings halt to 911 GT3 fire sales

Porsche 911 GT3 fire sale

Porsche has reacted quickly to reports of its current 911 GT3 model catching on fire. As the screen grab above shows Porsche is officially owning up to two incidents of fire with the GT3, although unconfirmed reports on the interwebz claim as many as five GT3s have become carbecues.

After reporting on the Swiss GT3 fire we asked Porsche for an official response:

AUSmotive: Are you able to confirm or provide any comment regarding speculation that deliveries of all new 911 GT3s have been suspended while Porsche investigates the cause for a series of alleged fires with the cars?
Porsche: Porsche is investigating the case and, if necessary, will inform customers and the public as quickly as possible about the results of the investigation.

There’s also a report from a 991 GT3 owner  on the Aussie Exotics forum that local deliveries have been suspended while Porsche investigates the issue.

We didn’t win OzLotto last night but when we do land those winning numbers we’ll still be putting an order in for a 911 GT3!

[Source: CNBC | Thanks to Wayne & John for the tips]

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2014 Porsche 911 GT3 lights my fire

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We don’t like bringing you this story. Not one little bit. You see, to us, the Porsche 911 GT3 is one of our most yearned for cars. To see one go up in flames like this makes us rather sad.

The loss happened near St Gallen in Switzerland and the key paragraph of the official Police report (translated) reads:

A Porsche GT3 drove on the A1 highway towards St.Gallen. When the driver perceived strange noises from the engine area, he left the highway. On the Wilerstrasse the driver stopped the car. He saw leaking oil and smoke is in the rear engine. A short time later the Porsche caught fire. The fire was extinguished by the fire department. The cause of the fire will be investigated by the Forensic Science Service of the Canton of St. Gallen police.

Worse, other reports of similar 991 GT3 fires indicate this isn’t an isolated case, with as many as five other incidents occurring in recent weeks.

There’s also talk that deliveries of 2014 911 GT3s have been stopped by Porsche while they investigate the problem. As far as we’re aware Porsche is yet to confirm or comment on this matter, but we’ll let you know if we hear any more.

[Source: Axis of Oversteer | Thanks to John for the tip]

UPDATE 20 Feb: Porsche will recall all MY14 GT3s for inspection.

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Can anything stop the GT3 winning this test?

Drive 911 GT3 v V12 Vantage S v C63 AMG Black

The Porsche 911 GT3, it’s the it car of every moment. It’s a Porsche, so you know it’ll be well built with the driver in mind more than anything else. It’s a 911, so you know it’s got a heritage other cars only dream of. And it’s a GT3, so you know it’s going to be one of the best 911s of its generation.

Can anything touch it? Chris Harris took an Aston Martin V12 Vantage S and a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series—both highly desirable cars in their own right—for a drive in the countryside to find out.


Evo at the top of its game in the 911 GT3

991 Porsche 911 GT3

Jethro Bovingdon from Evo takes us on a wonderful ride in the new 911 GT3. On both circuit and mountain road he shares the GT3 experience:

The all-new 991-generation Porsche 911 GT3 faces its toughest challengers on road and track. We compare the GT3 with the McLaren 12C on track and the mighty Nissan GT-R in the Austrian Alps.

We’re sure you’ll agree this is a fine review. It’s very well produced and we’re given just the right amount of detail and the reference points of the other cars highlighted serve to complement the review rather than define it.

[Thanks to Wayne & Dave for the tips]


Porsche 911 GT3: A feast for the senses?

991 Porsche 911 GT3

I’m not sure about anybody else reading this, but there’s nothing I’d love more than to have the ability to spec a 911 GT3 to my liking, place the order and wait with increasing anticipation for the day I was able to drive it off the showroom floor.

My own GT3. It would be a dream come true.

In this video Andreas Preuninger, Mr Porsche GT3, tells us a little about the development of the car. It’s a feast for the senses he reckons.


991 Porsche 911 GT3 – Australian pricing

991 Porsche 911 GT3

Word has come through to AUSmotive that when the totally lustful new Porsche 911 GT3 goes on sale in Australia later this year it will carry a list price of $294,000. That price includes the front-axle lift system, which we understand will be standard equipment for the local market.

Compared with the old 997.2 911 GT3 (6-speed manual) the price has increased by $17,800, up from $276,200. This has been partially offset by the inclusion of the lift kit, which was previously an option, and the fact the new GT3 is PDK-only.

We only wish our informant was as good at predicting Tattslotto numbers.


VIDEO: Autocar gets a turn in the new 911 GT3

991 Porsche 911 GT3

Autocar is the latest mag to get its hands on the all-new 991 911 GT3. And we’re going to spoil the outcome for you by saying that Steve Sutcliffe concludes his review with the words: “I think this is the best sportscar I’ve ever driven.”

As if telling you that is going to stop you from watching the clip for yourself!

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VIDEO: Chris Harris drives the 991 GT3

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“The steering is superb… I just feel more connected.”

“Comfortably the best PDK that Porsche has ever made.”

They’re two comments worth taking away from Chris Harris’ exclusive review of the new Porsche 911 GT3. It’s worth noting that this is not a final production-spec car, but with almost 20,000km showing on the dials it is a GT3 that’s been worked hard over its very short life.

Electronic steering and the lack of a manual gearbox are two of things lounge room experts are lamenting about the latest version of the iconic GT3. Harris touches on both with his usual candour. He also covers what is lost or gained with the new 9A1-based 3.8 litre engine over the much-loved Metzger from previous generations.

You’ll enjoy this review, at least you should! And thanks, as always, to Drive for making their content so accessible.

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2013 Geneva Motor Show in pictures – part 2

2013 Geneva Motor Show

You can have your fancy pants limited-edition Lambo, or your stonking new LaFerrari, even the McLaren P1; we’re not really interested. The car of Geneva, for us, is the Porsche 911 GT3. That’s the one we’d like to take home and get intimate with. And so begins the second and final part of our Geneva Motor Show image gallery. There’s over 120 new  images to see and enjoy.