- porsche is celebrating 20 years of the 911 gt3, which first arrived in 1999.
- introduced during the 996-generation 911's production run, the gt3 has always been a lighter, more hard-core version of porsche's iconic rear-engined 911 sports car.
- a gt3 version of the new 992-generation 911 is sure to arrive sometime in the near future.
the porsche 911 gt3 turns 20 this year. we've grown to love the lighter, faster, beefed-up and hunkered-down version of the 911 over the years. oh, who are we kidding? we loved it the moment we first drove it.
the gt3 was first introduced for the 911's 996.1 generation in 1999. it featured a stiffer and lowered suspension, increased chassis bracing, 100 pounds of shed weight, and a power increase of 64 horsepower from a delightful 3.6-liter flat-six, for a total of 360 horsepower. sadly, this first-generation 911 gt3 wasn't sold in the u.s. by the time the updated 996.2 gt3 arrived, porsche graciously decided to bring it to america, and the rest was history. since then, the gt3 recipe has left us coming back for more.
while porsche is offering no birthday gift in the form of a 20th-anniversary special edition, the company is presenting some spectacular photos of 911 gt3s new and old to celebrate this milestone. we also thought we'd take this chance to revisit a few of our favorite reviews and feature stories about each generation of the 911 gt3.